INAF-619 Arab and Middle East International Politics
Spring for 2013-2014
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How has the “Arab Spring” reconfigured relations between Arab states? What are the drivers of war and peacemaking in the region? Is oil wealth a tool for Arab regimes or does it simply create a new form of economic dependency? And what is the role of Islam and nationalism in Arab international relations? The course will introduce students to international relations perspectives on these questions. The focus will be on the foreign policies of Arab states. The course pursues five big themes: an introduction to international relations theories, the role of “great powers” in the region, war and peace, international political economy, and the politics of identity.
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