|(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|