POLI 4593 International Relations of the Middle East (Fall: 3 )
Media coverage of the Middle East increases by the day, but in-depth knowledge of the region and its politics remain in short supply. Why has the Middle East seemingly experienced so much conflict? How do ethnic and religious identities, domestic politics, and the balance of power between nations help explain state behavior in the region? What explains variation in the political situation of Middle Eastern states since the beginning of the Arab Spring? This course will address the international relations of the Middle East from World War I to today. The course will focus on the most powerful states in the region-Egypt, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Turkey-in addition to foreign powers that have historically played a significant role in the Middle East, such as the United States and Great Britain. They are the key actors in the past and present wars, negotiations, alliances, revolutions, movements, interventions, and peace treaties that are the focus of the course.
Instructor(s): Peter Krause
Last Updated: 23-Jan-17