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Fall 2015-2016
* WWS 375 (SA)   na, npdf

The United States and Iran: Ghosts in the Room

John W. Limbert

This course will examine the complex relationship between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran. For 36 years the two countries' interaction has consisted mostly of trading insults, threats, and accusations. In the last two years there has been a partial thaw, but deep differences remain. We will examine how the relationship between the U.S. and Iran affects domestic politics in both capitals and will consider alternatives to the current enmity, prospects for change, and policy choices for both sides.

Sample reading list:
James Bill, The Eagle and the Lion
John Limbert, Negotiating with Iran
Trita Parsi, A Single Roll of the Dice
Ali Ansari, Confronting Iran
Robin Wright, editor, The Iran Primer

Reading/Writing assignments:
100 pages per week

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 25%

Other information:
An exercise in policy simulation is included in the 25% "other" grading category.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23470 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Robertson Hall   005   Enrolled:16 Limit:15 Closed