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POLI 2475 Kuwait:Politics and Oil in the Gulf (Summer: 3 )

Course Description

This seminar addresses the comparative and international politics of the Gulf States, with emphasis on Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. It analyzes state formation, state-society relations, democratization, the rise of Islamism and regime stability, foreign policies, regional politics, and the politics of OPEC and international oil markets. It assesses the effects of oil on domestic and foreign policy. Finally, it highlights pressures for political liberalization and growth in civil society. Students visit sites of political, religious, and historical significance throughout Kuwait and the Gulf, attend presentations at the National Assembly and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and meet with English-speaking Kuwaiti students.

Schedule: Periodically


Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ICSP2475


Last Updated: 24-Jun-17