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BAFF 1615A - Geopolitics of the Middle East

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


It is important that the students are motivated and open-minded. If they have already a knowledge of the Middle East region, it will certainly help them. I strongly recommend them to read as much requested readings as possible before joining the course.

Course Description

The main objective of this course is not to force students to learn a lot of information and knowledge, but to give them the intellectual tools and a sufficient background to analyze by themselves and decipher the course of events in the Middle East. They will have to participate actively, to do some works and to make a brief synthesis of the news of the week in the Middle East. My teaching will not be theoretical, but based on my practical experience and knowledge of the Middle East. I will teach them an original method to analyze any geopolitical crisis. Not only in the Middle East, but worldwide… I will not advocate any cause in the region. I will do my best to analyze as much objectively as possible the situation resulting from field's reality. The master words will be OBJECTIVITY & REALISM


RAZOUX, Pierre (Research Director in charge of regional and strategic security studies)

Course validation

I will evaluate each student on his active participation, on several written works and on a test.

Required reading

See the requested and suggested reading list