SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Economics, Politics and Society in MENA (Online Module)

This module provides students wilth an interdisciplinary social science foundation to the study of the Middle East North Africa (MENA). By engaging with a series of key debates related to economic, political and social change, they will gain an understanding of the underlying processes which are shaping societies, polities, and economies in the region. The module will provide students with an overview of the key topics that diplomats in MENA need to be acquainted with, for example security and diplomacy in the region, modern history and the effects of colonization, gender, religion and political economy among others. The module aims to introduce students to the complexities of the region and unpack at least some of the key issues to help them navigate their way as diplomats working in the region. The readings in the module include a mix of seminal articles/work by academics as well as more contemporary policy papers, media reports and academic articles.

All modules are subject to availability and are subject to change from session to session.

Suggested reading

Owen, R (2002), State, Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East, ch 1 “The End of Empires: the emergence of the modern Middle Eastern States,” Taylor and Francis, pp. 8-22.
Tripp, C (2014) 'The Politics of Resistance and the Arab Uprisings.' In: Gerges, Fawaz A., (ed.), The New Middle East: protest and revolution in the Arab World. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 135-154.

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