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DECO 23A02 - Israel, Iran and the post-Arab Spring

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

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Course Description

The course intends to ground contemporary Middle Eastern politics, and the substantial changes in the regional system since the Arab Spring through the historical context. As such, students will analyze the contemporary Middle East through the lens of historical processes, grounding contemporary issues in a historical manner. The course will explore the building blocks of Arab societies, analyzing the methods of social cohesion, coercion, and the impact of ruling coalitions and alliances of Arab states that gave way to the turmoil of the Arab Spring. It will also look at the geopolitical aspects of regional clashes and the use and manipulation of religious identity within the sphere of regional politics. Students will study how new paradigms are influencing the role of Israel in regional politics.

Teachers

RABI, Uzi (Professor)

Pedagogical format

Week One—States and Societies During the first week of the course, we will explore the building blocks of Arab societies, analyzing the methods of social cohesion, coercion, and the impact of ruling coalitions and alliances of Arab states that gave way to the turmoil of the Arab Spring. Session 1: 6 September 19:00-21:00 The Arab Spring and States and Societies: State building, social cohesion, and contemporary politics. Session 2: 8 September 09:00-11:00, 11:15-13:15 The Arab Spring: Root Causes, Repercussions, and Religion, and failed states. Week Two—Religious clashes and inter-state conflict This week of the course will look at the geopolitical aspect of regional clashes and the use and manipulation of religious identity within the sphere of regional politics. Session 3: 10 September 13:15-15:15, 15:30-17:30 ISIS and the Sunni-Shia Conflict. Session 4: 13 September 19:00-21:00 The Middle Eastern Arena: Regional Politics and the Sunni-Shi'a Conflict. Week 3—Foreign Powers and Changing Contours This week will delve into the Middle East as an arena of great-power competition, and the evolving geopolitical interactions between regional actors, states, and the great powers, most specifically the United States and Russia. It will also look at how new paradigms are influencing the role of Israel in regional politics, both in its relations with its Arab neighbors, but also the decreased importance of Arab powers in regional politics. Session 5: 17 September 13:15-15:15, 15:30-17:30 Foreign Powers and the Middle East: America, Trump, and Putin and the Middle East in Global politics. Session 6: 22 September 09:00-11:00, 11:15-13:15 Israel and the Middle East: Changing Equations. Week 4—Where is the Middle East headed? The final week of the course will provide an overview of the course material looking at the historical trends previously discussed, with a view to changing regional dynamics and trends and the interaction between both regional and external actors. Session 7: 24 September 13:15-15:15, 15:30-17:30 Future alignments and trends

Course validation

3 grades weighted as follows: 60% Final paper 30% Topic presentation 10% Active participation

Required reading

  • Lisa Anderson, “Absolutism and the Resilience of Monarchy” Political Science Quarterly, vol. 106, no. 1 (Spring, 1991), 1-15
  • Gregory Gause, “The Persistence of Monarchy in the Arabian Peninsula” in Middle East Monarchies: The Challenge of Modernity ed. Joseph Kostiner (London: Lynne Reimer, 2001),167-186