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STIA-453 Energy and Security in the Middle East
Fall for 2015-2016
  • Sullivan, Paul
  • 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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