Accueil > Geopolitics and conflict in the Middle East


Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course focuses on Geopolitics and Conflict in the Middle East (causes and consequences), after recalling briefly the historical and geopolitical background, with an emphasis on conflict prevention, management and resolution. Moreover, the course examines different threats and challenges to international security such as terrorism, migration and religious extremism. Certain sessions will identify the key actors playing a major role in the Middle East (with an emphasis on the role of emerging powers and of non‐state actors, population/demographic dynamics, economy, natural resources and technology) and their potential influence on regional developments. The course also presents the different approaches to conflict analysis in order to canvass the conceptual framework within which to analyze the case studies.


ATTIEH HADDAD, Hala (Professor, Researcher assistant, Dr. in political science)

Required reading

  • Louise FAWCETT (2013), International Relations of the Middle East, Oxford University Press
  • Colin FLINT (2016), Introduction to Geopolitics, Routledge
  • Richard N.DRALONGE, Economics and Geopolitics of the Middle East (2008), Nova service publishers
  • Georges CORM, Le Proche Orient Eclaté, Tome I et II, Edition Folio Histoire, 2012
  • Dona J. STEWART, The Middle East Today, Political, geographical and cultural perspectives (2013), Routledge

Additional required reading

  • Ellen LUST, The Middle East (2017), CQ Press, SAGE publications
  • Gearoid O TUATHAIL, Simon DALBY and Paul Routledge, The Geopolitics Reader (1998), Routledge