PO 333 - Middle Eastern History and Politics
(3 cr.) This course is designed to explore both historical and contemporary political and socioeconomic developments in the Middle Eastern region. The course begins with a historical review of the demise of the Ottoman Empire, the anti-colonialist revolt, the emergence of Israel, secular nationalism, the rise of Islamism, and the post-Islamist era. The focus of the course then shifts to an examination of such issues as geopolitics, oil, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, peace process, Persian Gulf wars, the great-powers' involvement and their interests in this area, terrorism, and globalization and its impact in the region. Prerequisite: PO 211 or QU 201; Every Other Year, Spring

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