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Spring 2011-2012
* NES 395 (SA)  

International Relations of the Middle East: Policies, Issues and Debates

Hamid A. Unver

Addresses complexities of the Middle East. Focuses on both major players' individual foreign policies and wider regional structural forces that determine them. Starts with historical overview of Middle East--how states were created from a collapsing Ottoman Empire and how Cold War superpower rivalry affected states' foreign policy traditions. Next, structural influences--political economy of oil, globalization and identity; also analyze foreign policies of region key players. Concludes with recent debates regarding regional reconfigurations, Iranian nuclear program, Turkey's new ambition, and Iraq war aftermath.

Sample reading list:
Appleby, Scott, Spokesmen for the Despised
Lockman, Zachary, Contending Visions of the Middle East
Henry, Clement Moore and Robert Springborg, Globalization and the Politics of Development
Lawson, Fred Haley, Constructing International Relations
Telhami, Shibley and Michael Barnett, Identity and Foreign Policy in the Middle East
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Two take-home essays as exams; mone mid-term and one final paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Mid term Exam - 30%
Take Home Final Exam - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40541 L01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   Frist Campus Center   309   Enrolled:10 Limit:25