17.405 / 17.406 Seminar on Politics and Conflict in the Middle East

Fall 2003

Map of the Middle East.
Map of the Middle East. (Image courtesy of the CIA World Factbook.)

Course Highlights

All paper assignments and a sample exam for this course may be downloadad. In addition, an extensive bibliography of required and suggested readings is provided.

Course Description

This course focuses on evolution of contemporary politics and economics. The subject is divided into four parts:
  1. Context: historical and strategic perspectives, theoretical issues, and sources and forms of conflict;

  2. Continuity: detailed analysis conflicts systems and their persistence, as well as regional competition and recent wars – focusing on specific countries and cases;

  3. Complexity: highlighting situation specific strategic gains and losses; and

  4. Convergence: focusing future configurations of conflict and cooperation.

Throughout the course, special attention is given to sources and transformations of power, population dynamics and migration, resources and energy, as well as implications of technological change.

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Prof. Nazli Choucri

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session


Undergraduate / Graduate