SEST-645 Power Politics in the Greater Middle East
Fall for 2017-2018
Parsi, Trita
The Middle East and Persian Gulf remains areas of acute strategic concern for the United States. The region has been shaped by U.S.-Soviet rivalry, a series of Arab-Israeli wars, successive conflicts in the Persian Gulf, rise of transnational ideologies, and most recently, global terrorism. (The Middle East for purposes of the course is defined primarily as the Arab world plus Israel and Iran.) Today, the United States remains heavily committed to the Middle East while the international economy continues to rely on the region’s oil. An acute understanding of the regional dynamics and their historical roots therefore is vital for all students of international affairs.

The course should provide students with an understanding of: the nature and causes of the leading security-related problems in the Middle East, the major contemporary issues involving important states in the region, and the security challenges that the Middle East poses for outside powers, especially the United States.

Students are not expected to have strong backgrounds in either the history of the Middle East or military strategy operations. However, students with personal knowledge of the region, or having military experience, are encouraged to share their knowledge with the class.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

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