Washington Center

Politics of the Middle East

Day and Time: 
Fridays, 9:00 -11:30 a.m.
Semester Dates: 
January 10 - April 18, 2014
University of Pennsylvania
Semester Elective

What are the United States’ interests in the Middle East?  Who and what determine those interests?  And how are those interests pursued?  This course addresses these questions in two parts.  First, we will consider the domestic American debate on foreign policy in the Middle East, exploring key Middle Eastern trends; America’s regional interests; and the political actors and factors that shape U.S. policy in the Middle East.  We will then turn to America’s actions and relationships in the region, assessing American policy dilemmas across a wide variety of countries and issues.  Students should leave this class with a strong understanding of the challenges that the U.S. faces in the Middle East, as well as an informed viewpoint regarding how the U.S. should address those challenges.

Taught by Eric Trager

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