Syllabus Pols.4605 Political Science 4605 Dr. Walid Kazziha Spring 2017 Office hours Sundayand Wed., 1:00-2:00, or by appointment. Office 2018 International Politics in the Middle East The Purpose of this seminar is to explore the relationships of the Middle East to the Great powers of our time, with emphasis on the political , military , economic and cultural impact of these powers on shaping the region , and determining its future, from colonial times until the present. It is also the purpose of the seminar to familiarize the students with the current issues which form the basis of the strained relations among the countries of the Middle East as well as with those outside the region. In the course of examining the various phases of IR in the ME from WWI until the present, we will analyze three major factors that interact to produce basic political trends, namely: 1. The domestic setting in each ME state; 2. The politics of regional powers; and 3. The role of Great powers. Further more, we will concentrate in our study of the region on a number of topics: emergence of state systems, the impact of ideological trends, and the current status of regional- international politics in particular in Syria and Iraq, Palestine , Turkey, the Gulf region, and the growing influence of political Islam. Requirements of the seminar The course will be divided into three major parts. In the first part our focus will be on a critical study of some of the theories which, attempted to find an explanation for the emergence of a new world order, particularly since the collapse of the bipolar system in the early 1990s. In the second part of the course, we will concentrate on the historical and political evolution and development of the state system in the ME. And in the third part of the course we will examine a select number of current issues that seem to have a direct impact on the ME in IR. In order to meet the requirements of the course, students are required to complete the following tasks: 1- Read the weekly assignments in preparation for 2 one hour exams. 35 % each. Please read the assignments on time so as to be able to participate intelligently in the discussions. You will find that you have no substitute to reading the assignments and attending regularly class for you to pass the two exams with a decent grade. Attendance and participation is required and students are expected to attend all the sessions. 2- Each Student will participate in one of the following study groups: The crisis in Iraq and Syria, Sunni-Shii tension in the Gulf, Political Islam, Turkey’s Role in the ME, Palestinian - Israeli Conflict, Impact of shifts in US policy on the Middle East. Students in the same study group will be scheduled a specific date to present their findings to the class. On that date each student in the group will make a presentation.(class presentation 10%) Between April 19, and May 17, students will deliver their assigned presentations each elaborating one aspect of the study he/she has been involved in. ( submission of written paper individually may take place anytime in the last week of classes) 20% Grading: 1- Exam # 1. March 5 35% 2- Exam # 2 April 2 35% 3- Class presentations Starting April 19. ending, May 17, 4-Paper Submission May 14-17. (No papers will be accepted after 3:20 pmon May 17. 10% 20% Textbooks: 1- Louise Fawcett, International Relations of the Middle East , Oxford University Press, 2009 2-Fred Halliday, The Middle East in international Relations: Power, Politics and Ideology, Cambridge University Press, 2005 3- Tareq Y. Ismael, The International Relations of the Middle East in the 21st century: Patterns of continuity and change, Ashgate, 2000. Weekly Schedule: Week 1 - 5(assignments will be announced at the beginning of each week): The New World Order: Clash of civilizations -Huntington Pivotal State- Kennedy End of History - Fukuyama The state: Globalization in the Middle East – Richard Falk in Ismael. Shift of Global power to the East- Kayshour Mahbubani The Age of Nonpolarity, Richard Haas (Foreign Affairs, May-June 2008 The World Order, New York Times review of Henry Kissinger's recent book. The Unravelling, by Richard Haass, in Foreign Affairs, Nov/Dec 2014 Week 6: Approaches to the study of the ME in IR: Halliday PP 1-40 Week 7: Impact of Colonialism Fawcett 21-43, the Arab Entry to International Relations, by Eugene Rogan. Week 8: ME in the cold war: Suez 56, 67, 73 TBA Week 9: The US in the ME A.Michael Hudson, Redefining US Role in the Gulf War, 308-330, in Fawcett B. Mersheimer and Walt: The Israel Lobby and American Foreign Policy Week 10: Major Non-State Actors in the Middle East A. Reinoud Leenders, Know Thy Enemy: Hizbullah and the Politics of Perception B. Charles Lister, Profiling the Islamic State Week 11-13: Class Presentations: Group report 1: The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Group report 2: The Crisis in Syria and Iraq Group report 3: Conflict in the Gulf Group report 4: Political Islam Group report 5: Turkey in the ME Group report 6: Trump and the Middle East Some basic guidelines to be observed: PLEASE OBSERVE RULE 1 and 2 and you will be happy. If you follow the rest of the Instructions for the course you will be happier. Good luck, and welcome to the world of Pols. 4605. FIRST RULE: ANY USE OF MOBILE PHONES IN CLASS IS PROHIBITED. A FIRST OFFENSE WILL AUTOMATICALLY RESULT IN THE DEDUCTION OF ONE LETTER GRADE. A SECOND OFFENSE WILL LEAD TO DROPPING THE COURSE AND RECEIVING AN F. SECOND RULE: "Students are not allowed into the classroom once the class is in session. No student is allowed to drift in or out of class, unless a prior permission has been obtained from the instructor at the beginning of class." 3. According to university regulations, a total of 3 week absences could result in an F in the course no matter what the reason is. This rule will be strictly adhered to. 4. Make ups should not be expected. 5.. No extra credit will be offered to improve a grade unless it applies to the whole class. 6. A student may appeal his grade to the instructor IN WRITING, within one week of receiving his/her exam booklet. No review of an exam will be considered beyond the week. DISCLAIMER THIS SYLLABUS IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OF THE COURSE. YOU CANNOT CLAIM ANY RIGHTS FROM IT. IN PARTICULAR, SCHEDULING AND DATES MAY CHANGE. I MAY ALSO CHOOSE TO ADD OR DELETE SOME OF THE READINGS. THE SYLLABUS SHOULD BE A RELIABLE GUIDE FOR THE COURSE, AND IF ANY CHANGES ARE MADE OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS WILL ALWAYS BE MADE IN CLASS OR ON BANNER OR BLACKBOARD.