The Middle East State System

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Course overview
This course aims to educate students regarding the modern (post-1970) trajectory of US foreign policy in regards the Middle East, and how such policy has influenced the Middle East state system. Both in recent history and presently, the US role in the region has been pivotal in shaping the regional system as well as ensuring the stability of the regional status quo. The various interests that drive US foreign policy in the region will be examined.
The US, of course, does not implement its foreign policy in a void, and therefore gaining a background on the regional state and non-state actors that the US must grapple with is vital. The regional dynamics which affected the US position in the region, such as the Arab Spring, also must be accounted for in any thorough description of the formulation of US policy.
To account for these factors, the course utilizes both a chronological approach to the historical development of US foreign policy toward the region, as well as including substantial background on the important regional actors with which the US interacts with. Finally, it includes a select few readings related to theoretical concepts in International Relations to provide a context for analysis of policy. All these elements should grant students a well-rounded comprehension of the various factors which influence the Middle East state system and related US foreign policy.
Through this course, students should gain a fuller understanding of the role that the
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