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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 17.405 (Fall 2003) 
  • Course Title:
  • Seminar on Politics and Conflict in the Middle East 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate / Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Political Science 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Nazli Choucri 
  • Course Introduction:

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

    Fall 2003

    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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