International politics of the Middle East
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Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
On completion of this course you will be able to
- apply theoretical approaches and critical comparative paradigms to the international politics of West Asia;
- compare several case studies, inter- and intra-state wars in the region and between regional actors and outside forces
- describe the relevance of political cultural parameters, historical context and social construction of states to their foreign policy behaviour;
- identify the interplay of domestic, regional and global factors in the international relations of regional systems;
- discover the preconditions for communitarian policies among states;
- evaluate the cultural and ideological fabric of regional systems.
More specifically the course enables you to
- analyse the state formation process in modern western Asia;
- explore meta-theoretical frameworks for the analysis of regional conflicts;
- examine the role of political cultures and transnational loyalties, especially in its pan-Arab and Islamic manifestations;
- evaluate historical dynamics, including colonialism and its impact on the politics in- and discourse about the region.
- investigate the preconditions for regional integration and communitarian interaction between states;
- compare regional politics and global processes with a particular emphasis on the impact of superpower politics on the region.
- analyse the historical, strategic and international dynamics of the major inter-state wars amongst regional actors including the three Persian Gulf wars and the conflict in Israel/Palestine.
- Critically evaluate the impact of globalisation on economic and political liberalisation.
- Appreciate the transnational dynamics of civil societies in the region including NGOs, women’s rights movements and human rights organisations.