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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

SIS-671
Middle East Core Seminar (3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics cover key themes in comparative and regional studies including politics, economy, identity, regional security, civil society, governance, foreign policy, democratization, and globalization in Middle Eastern countries.

SIS-671
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Middle East Core Seminar (3)

Comparative Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

Understanding the potential impact of current policies and events requires a historical investigation into the politics, economics, and societies of modern Middle Eastern states. This course introduces students to the comparative politics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with a heavy emphasis on the political and economic roots of contemporary events. The course is divided into three sections: historical legacies and the formation of states in the region (i.e. the Ottoman Empire); social movements and ideologies that have shaped the politics of the region (i.e. Pan Arabism, Islamism, Liberalism); the effects of systemic changes and shifts in global power configurations on Middle East politics (i.e. the Cold War, globalization, oil shocks).