SEST-579 Warfare in the Middle East
Spring for 2017-2018
This class will help students understand the role that warfare and military operations have played in the development of the modern Middle East, and in the region’s international relations today. It will cover the military campaigns of many of the most important Middle Eastern conflicts with a particular emphasis on how the course and outcomes of those conflicts shaped future military actions and defined the power relationships of the region today. It will examine both conventional wars and insurgencies to highlight the differences in goals and results, and why insurgency has become more commonplace throughout the region. These classes will dwell on the lessons learned by each side as a result of each conflict, and how each attempted to adapt its armed forces and/or strategy to better fight the next war. In this way, each class will help the student develop an understanding of the evolution of warfare in the Middle East since 1945, both in terms of war fighting and the use of military operations as a tool of statecraft.
The course also employs the history of recent campaigns as a foundation for an examination of modern Middle Eastern states and their ability to generate military power, wage wars, and employ military operations to advance their political and security agendas. The course considers in considerable depth how the politics, economics and culture of Arab society affect the military development, combat operations and effectiveness of Arab armed forces. It examines the range of societal factors that both empower and impinge upon Israeli military power, as well as the development of the modern Iranian armed forces as a function of the Islamic Republic’s peculiar political, diplomatic, economic and social circumstances.
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