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POL323 Middle East Governments and Politics

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course surveys the major issues and problems that dominate the political scene in the Middle East, paying special attention to a number of themes including the process of post-colonial state formation; the rise of Arab nationalism and other forms of nationalism; variations in regime consolidation and state-society relations; the institutional structures of authoritarianism; the challenges of development; and the Islamist challenge, among others.

Prerequisite: POL201 Introduction to Political Science