Political Science | COntemporary Political Topics:The Contemporary Middle East in World Politics
Y200 | 21946 | Sinno

The Contemporary Middle East in World Politics

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
much of the following: 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?;
war in Iraq and Afghanistan; prospects for the future.