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CSPO 2900A - Integration and Disintegration of A Nation-State : The instance of Iraq

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The course will examine the conceptual and historical approaches on modern state and state formation in the context of Iraq while at the same time linking them to the broader debates about the contemporary Arab state system. The focus will be on the foundation and subsequent collapse of the modern Iraqi state whose trajectory best exemplifies the conflictual relationship between state power and society. A comprehensive understanding of early foreign as well as domestic (religious, political, cultural and socio-economic) forces is required to understand fully the struggles that shaped present-day Iraq. From Hashemite monarchy fully invented by British colonial rule following World War I to Ba'thi "Republic of Fear" toppled by US military invasion, Iraq is still in search for a viable and functional state encompassing ethnic and religious diversity, moving away from the curse of oil rentierism while at the same time keeping at bay external hegemons.


AL-RACHID, Loulouwah (Chercheur)