Professor John D. STEMPEL
Next, the international relations of the region, including key outside powers, are reviewed, with emphasis on the period since 1973. Key issues and problems are noted, including arms control, water rights and economic development, and the growth of radical Islamic fundamentalism.
Finally, foreign policy issues are brought forward. These are treated from both the United States and the regional perspective, with a special focus on conflict resolution efforts. The seminar concludes with a projection of Middle East trends into the future. Students will be required to do independent probing on key issues of analysis and policy, and will be given an opportunity to sharpen both oral and written skills, which are useful in all walks of life.
ATTENDANCE: This is a seminar-style course, and participation will be marked. All credit-earning members of the class should be present. Just as in business, government, or politics, occasionally a scheduled appointment must be missed. In case of emergency, a phone call, e-mail message, note under our door, message from roommate, or some other communication should precede an absence. You are responsible for obtaining notes and information on a session you miss.
EXAMINATIONS AND GRADING: Assuming an interest in--but not a terminal neurotic preoccupation with--grades, the following activities will constitute the evaluation system:
per cent of grade date due/to be taken
Student participation 10 per cent every session
You will never do worse than figuring your score by the above percentages. However, if you improve consistently from earlier exercises to the later ones, you may do better; The instructor reserves the right to factor for improvement over time. Letter grades will be given for all exercises. Late work will be marked down one-third a grade a day work over four days late will not be accepted and an "F" grade assigned, unless previously cleared with the instructor.
POP QUIZZES:: Students are expected to do the reading before each seminar session. If it becomes obvious that students are not doing the reading, the instructors reserve the right to give short 5-10 minute short-answer "pop" quizzes to check on reading diligence. These will be counted under "seminar participation."
ORAL REPORTS: Each student will be required to do two short oral reports--one on an analytical issue based on a book, the second on a policy problem. You will have some selection in the subject from a list drawn up the instructor, and timing will be based on the book/report you choose. Reports will be a maximum of six minutes long and strictly timed. The purpose is to teach you to make brief, pithy reports similar to those you will make all your life, whatever you do. (You may practice your long, declamatory rambling at Two Keys or Alfalfa's on your own time.)
MIDTERM EXAM: This will be conducted during the October 24 class for two hours. The nature of the questions will be explained well before the exam, and there will be some choice among questions.
FINAL EXAM: There will be no formal final exam; there will, however, be a final test on the post-midterm reading during the last class on Dec. 5
SUBJECTS OF STUDY: A detailed topical syllabus follows. Students are expected to do the readings grouped under each seminar period BEFORE the seminar session. You are already one week behind 8-). You are encouraged, even mandated, to search out and read additional works on subjects of particular interest in addition to the required text readings. Suggested readings placed on reserve where possible. A complete list of reserve readings is appended to this syllabus--USE IT. Other materials, including the articles listed below, are available in the reserve boxes in the Vandenbosch Lounge, room 420 in the Patterson Office tower. Other materials may be handed out during the semester. Events are likely to break swiftly in the region this year, and October has traditionally be a time of war. You should also keep abreast of current developments in the region by reading one weekly national news magazine and one daily paper regularly, and developing familiarity with favorite internet sites.
SOURCE/TEXT BOOKS: (available at book stores, or as indicated)
Karin Aggestam, Reframing and Resolving Conflict, Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, 1988-98 Lund University Press, 1999 (referred to below as Conflict)
William Cleveland, A History of the Modern Middle East, Westview Press, 2000 (referred to below as History)
Deborah Gerner, ed., Understanding the Contemporary Middle East, Lynn Rienner, 2000 (referred to below as Gerner)
David Long and Bernard Reich, The Government and Politics of the Middle East, Westview, 1995 (referred to as LONG below)
Alan Richards and John Waterbury, A Political Economy of the Middle East, Westview Press, second edition. 1996 (referred to below as Richards)
A number of books have been placed on 2-hour and 3-day reserve; they
will be noted as (reserve) in the syllabus below; some articles have been
placed in boxes in the Van Library (P.O.T. Rm. 420) and will be noted
Aug. 29 The Middle East: Mapping the Inscrutable. Overview of
course, review of concepts. Discussion of bias, Orientalism. Social bases
Sept. 5 From Imperialism to Modernization. Quick historical review
History, chs 10-13
Sept. 12 Civil Society: Fact or Fiction?
Gerner, chs 7-9, 11
Sept. 19 Security: Pipe Dream or Real Possibility?.
Richards, chs 13,14
Sept. 26 The Eastern Arab States. Examination of Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon
LONG, chs. 5,8,9,10
Oct. 3 The Western Arab States. Examination of Egypt, Libya, Soudan, Morocco, Algeria, Tunis
History, 15-16 (Review 18,19)
Oct. 10 The Different Drummers: Israel, Turkey, Iran. The three non- Arab Countries.
LONG, chs 2, 3, 11
LONG, chs 4,6,7
Oct. 31 International Relations in the Middle East. The Middle East and the international system.
History, 23, 24
Aggestam, chs 4-9
Nov. 14 The Rise of Radical Islamic Fundamentalism
Esposito, Islamic Threat, Op. Cit, chs. 5 and 6
Payne, Clash, Op. cit., ch 7
Aggestam, chs 10, 11, review ch. 9