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OCMO 2220 - International Relations of the Gulf States

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn and Spring 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course provides brief theoretical analysis and in-depth empirical examination of international relations of the six GCC countries (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait), Yemen, Iran and Iraq. The course begins with an introduction and conceptual analysis focusing mainly on theories of international relations and foreign policy. It will also explain why a study of the Gulf region is important. In the following sessions, a detailed examination of the various challenges faced by the Gulf states and their foreign policy instruments is followed by looking at the specific foreign polices of all Gulf states including Iran, Iraq and Yemen. In addition, the role of external powers (United States, Europe, Russia) and the emerging relationship between the Gulf and Asia is explored. The course will conclude with a look at Gulf activism since 2011 and an outlook at potential security processes for the region. Course Objectives: 1- Provide students with an in-depth understanding of the role of Gulf within Middle Eastern and International Politics 2- Give an understanding of the numerous challenges faced by the Gulf region in a shifting international environment 3- Situate the empirical analysis within a theoretical framework to be able to produce quality analysis of the Gulf's current developments and their implications


KOCH, Christian (Director of the Gulf Research Center)

Course validation

- Three critique/reaction papers. - Final paper. - Participation.

Required reading

Please refer to the syllabus