Political Science | The Contemporary Middle East in World Politics
Y200 | 9812 | Sinno


Meets with NELC N205
Woodburn Hall Room 120 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00–5:15pm
	This course introduces you to the interaction among people,
governments and outside powers in the greater Middle East and North
Africa--a vast and complex area that stretches from Morocco to Iran,
and from Turkey to the Sudan.  Scholars differ in how they name this
large area and its different sub-regions, but we’ll call it the MENA
(Middle East & North Africa) region for our purposes, and include
neighboring Afghanistan for convenience  Topics addressed include:
Background (geography, history, culture and religion); the colonial
legacy; the influence of the global configuration of power on
international relations in the Middle East: the Cold War and post
Cold War eras; hegemony, cooption and challengers; the role of
resources; OPEC; the role of non-state organizations; gender issues;
the role of identity and ideology; role of diasporas; the Arab-
Israeli conflict; Zionism and the Palestinian predicament; the Iraq-
Iran War; the Gulf Wars; weapons of mass destruction and other tools
for the projection of power in the region; transnational movements;
international dimensions of religion, ethnicity, and civil wars;
state and religion in the Middle East; the effect of the flow of
goods, people and services on Middle Eastern states; the "Arab
street";  security issues; return to colonialism; Prospects for the
future.