STIA-453 Energy and Security in the Middle East
Fall for 2017-2018
This course will begin by giving an overall world perspective on energy
issues. It will then give an overview of the political and economic
situations first in the North Africa and Levant region, and then in the
Gulf. Then it will turn to the technology, business, politics, culture,
diplomacy, history, warfare, and economics related to oil, natural gas,
electricity, nuclear power, and alternative energies in the area. The
class then turns to case studies focusing on: Iran (especially the
oil-gas-nuclear connections); Iraq and Lebanon (the ravages of war and
rebuilding after war); and Egypt, Algeria and Morocco (energy and
development issues). The class will then consider the
energy-environment-water-food nexus in the region with a focus on
urban-rural divides. There will be some consideration of the possible
effects of climate change in the region, especially in Egypt. Then we
will turn to the "energy scramble" and the importance of the region to
China, the EU, India and the US. The Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iraq,
Iran, Algeria and Libya will be stressed in this class. The class will
then delve into the very complex area of how comprehensive peace could
be built by energy connections, and what comprehensive peace could do
for energy developments and energy-development connections in the
region. We will end with a series of in-class debates on some special
topics developed out of the class over the term.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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