The Middle East continues to be an area of tremendous strategic, political, economic, and cultural importance. With the recent Arab Spring and the ongoing Syrian crisis, The Middle East continues to occupy a top place on the World Politics agenda.
The objective of this course is to introduce students to the international relations of the states of the Middle East from the perspectives of the International Relations Theory and International Political Economy disciplines. The course will survey Middle Eastern history, with a special emphasis on the post-WWII period, as well as demographic, economic, and political facts. But, it will focus on the region’s interrelations with the outside world as well as on analytical approaches in order to gain a deeper understanding of the nature and content of Middle East international relations. The course will also involve the policies of the United States and other outside powers toward the region, the role of the United Nations, inter-regional interactions, and regional actor policies toward non-Middle Eastern actors. It will enable students to identify the major political, economic, and strategic features of the region as well as factors, both external and internal, which help to explain the area’s shifting dynamics.