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Fall 2015-2016
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War and Politics in the Modern Middle East

Michael A. Reynolds

Drawing on case studies of Middle Eastern wars, this course examines the changing nature of warfare from the second half of the twentieth century through the present day. The course begins with Clausewitz's theory of war and examples of conventional state warfare in the Middle East. It then moves on to cases of insurgency and so called fourth generation warfare and uses them to test Clausewitz's ideas and less state-centric alternatives. The goal of the course is to compel students to think seriously and critically about war and the ways in which it is and is not changing in the twenty-first century.

Sample reading list:
von Clausewitz, Carl, On War
Lieven, Anatol, Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power
Wright, Evan, Generation Kill
Fanon, Frantz, Wretched of the Earth
Horne, Alistair, A Savage War of Peace
Van Creveld, Martin, The Transformation of War

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will write two 5 page papers during the semester and a 10-15 page final paper. The course is reading intensive (approximately 300 pp/week) and students will be expected to demonstrate command of the reading material in weekly meetings.

Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Although exposure to strategic thought and/or Middle Eastern history may be useful, there are no prerequisites..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21013 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Jones Hall   113   Enrolled:13 Limit:20