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Spring 2009-2010
NES 530 / ENV 530  

Political Economy of Arab Gulf Countries

Eckart Woertz

An examination of the political economy of Arab Gulf countries, which are pivotal for international politics because of their energy resources, but are often overlooked as political actors in their own right with specific development agendas. Course examines characteristics and challenges of countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in the fields of domestic politics, economics and international relations. Issues to be discussed range from domestic liberalization and economic diversification to petrodollar recycling and foreign policy stances.

Sample reading list:
Hazem Beblawi, Giacomo Luciani (ed.), The Rentier State (London, New York: Croom Helm, 1987)
Paul Aarts, Gerd Nonneman (ed.), Saudi Arabia in the Balance. Political Economy, Society, For
Christopher M. Davidson, Dubai. The Vulnerability of Success, (New York: Columbia Uni
Daniel Yergin, The Prize. The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power (New York
David E. Spiro, The Hidden Hand of American Hegemony. Petrodollar Recycling
Carl L. Brown, International Politics and the Middle East: Old Rules, Dange

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
Active participation in seminar discussions will form 25% of the grade. Students need to write a weekly "response paper" about the assigned readings (25% of grade). A term paper of approximately 20 pages should be prepared and be presented in class (50% of grade). Topics can be chosen from one of the three major modules: a) GCC domestic politics, b) Economic structure of the GCC countries and c) International relations of GCC countries.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
45799 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Jones Hall   102   Enrolled:4 Limit:20