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Schedule of Classes:

Week 1: (January 15) Introduction

Topics: Purposes, goals, organization and requirements of the course; reflections on the salience of the Middle East for U.S. foreign policy.

Reading: Syllabus; Current History, December 2013.

Week 2: (January 22) The Cold War in the Middle East  

Reading: A World of Trouble by Patrick Tyler, to p. 175; and Cottam, “United States Middle East Policy in the Cold War Era” on reserve.

Recommended: International Relations of the Middle East ed. by Louise Fawcett, chapters 1, 2 and 3.

Week 3: Iran, Nationalism and Oil (January 29)

Reading: A World of Trouble by Patrick Tyler, to pp. 210-248; The Eagle and the Lion : the tragedy of American-Iranian relations by James A. Bill 1988, pp. 319-448, on reserve.

Recommended: The Eagle and the Lion by James A. Bill, to p. 315; streaming video of Stephen Kinzer on U.S. covert action; and the CIA’s long-classified study of the 1953 coup (released in 2000); Also see Kinzer’s All the Shah's men: an American coup and the roots of Middle East terror (Hoboken, N.J.: J. Wiley & Sons, c2003).

Week 4: The Arab-Israeli Conflict and the U.S. as Peacemaker (February 5) 

Reading:  Boston Study Group, all; A World of Trouble by Patrick Tyler, pp. 176-209; Slater, Jerome, “The Superpowers and the Arab-Israeli Political Settlement” in Blackboard; Norton, "America’s Middle East Peace Crisis" Current History (2001): 1-8. International Relations of the Middle East, chapters 11 and 12.

Recommended: Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace by Kurtzer and Lasensky, on reserve.

Week 5: Quest for Hegemony: Iran, Iraq and Israel (February 12) 

*Quiz I (covering all readings/reference materials/classes through February 5)*

Reading:  A World of Trouble by Patrick Tyler, pp. 249-401; International Relations of the Middle East, chapters 9, 13 and 15.

Recommended: The Arab cold war, 1958-1964; a study of ideology in politics, by Malcolm Kerr (London, New York: Oxford University Press, 1965); Slavin, Barbara.  Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S. and the Twisted Path to Confrontation (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2007), ISBN: 9780312384913.

Week 6: No Class—MONDAY SCHEDULE The Post-Cold War Middle East (February 19)

Reading: A World of Trouble by Patrick Tyler, pp. 402-524; A.R. Norton and Robin Wright, “The Post-Peace Crisis in the Middle East,” Survival, 36, No. 4 (Winter 1994-95: 7-20); International Relations of the Middle East, chapters 5 and 16. 

Recommended: A. R. Norton and Robin Wright, “The Post-Peace Crisis in the Middle East,” Survival, 36, No. 4 (Winter 1994-95: 7-20).

Week 7: The Challenge of Political Reform (first half February 26); second half The U.S. and Turkey

Talk and discussion with Professor Lenore Martin on the U.S. and Turkey.

View Film out of class: Graham Fuller on Turkey.

Reading: A World of Trouble by Patrick Tyler, pp. 525-54; Dale Eickelman “Culture and Identity”; Norton, Breaking Through the Wall of Fear in the Arab World; International Relations of the Middle East, chapters 4, 6 and 7. 

Recommended: A. R. Norton, ed., Civil Society in the Middle East, 2 vols. (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1995, 1996); Norton and Muslih, The Need for Arab Democracy; Tarek Osman, Egypt on the Brink: From Nasser to Mubarak (Yale University Press, 2011), ISBN: 9780300162752.

Week 8: The Rise of Political Islam (March 5)

*Quiz II (covering all readings/reference materials/classes through February 26)*

Reading: Hezbollah by Norton; Judith Miller, “The Challenge of Radical Islam,” Foreign Affairs, 72, No. 2, (Spring 1993: 43-56). International Relations of the Middle East, chapter 8.

View film: Berna Turam on the Gülen movement in Turkey.

Recommended: Bernard Lewis, TBA.

Week 9: 9-11, Regime Change and the Aftermath (March 19)

*Policy statement due by email attachment, saved as a rich text format (RTF) document, NLT 5:00 P.M., March 23*

Reading: A World of Trouble by Patrick Tyler, pp. 525-54; International Relations of the Middle East ed. by Louise Fawcett, chapters 9 and 10; Iraq Study Group report (blackboard); Bush at West Point, Rice in Cairo, and Cheney at the VFW; The National Strategy of the United States, 2002; Iraq after the Surge: Questions and Issues (USIP); 

Recommended: Robert Kagan, Power and Weakness; Mearsheimer and Walt. "Can Saddam Be Contained? History Says Yes;" Victor Davis Hanson, "Democracy in the Middle East: It's the Hardheaded Solution." The Weekly Standard, October 21 2002; The Looming Tower: al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright (New York, Alfred Knopf, 2006); Peter Maass, “The Toppling,” The New Yorker, January 10, 2011, pp. 42-53.  Blackboard; Peter L. Bergen, The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and al-Qaeda (New York: Free Press, 2011).

Week 10: Mid-term (75 minutes); the New Geopolitics of the Region (March 26)

*Essay Exam (question provided 7 days in advance)*

Reading TBP.

Week 11: The Obama agenda in the Middle East: challenges, dangers and domestic determinants of policy (April 2) 

Reading: Obama Oslo speech; Trita Parsi, A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran; Robert J. Lieberman, "The "Israel Lobby" and American Politics." Perspectives on Politics 7, no. 2 (2009): 235-57; Mearsheimer and Walt, "The Blind Man and the Elephant in the Room: Robert Lieberman and the Israel Lobby." Perspectives on Politics 7, no. 2 (2009): 259-73; Peter Baker, “Inside Obama’s War on Terrorism”; additional readings to be added. 

Week 12: The “Arab Spring” and its Aftermath (April 9) 

*Quiz III (covering all readings through April 9)*

Reading: Nakhleh, Current History, December 2009. Blackboard; Norton, “Middle East Realignment: The Arab Upheaval,” Great Decisions, 2012 (New York: Foreign Policy Association, 2012), pp. 5-18; Norton, “Arab Revolts Upend Old Assumptions,” Current History, January 2012.

One hour meetings with Professor Norton will also be scheduled for each of the four working group during this week.

Week 13: NO CLASS—MONDAY SCHEDULE ON BU CALENDAR (April 16)

*Hard copy of the policy analysis due by Friday, April 20 at 5:00 p.m.*

Week 14: Lecture on Turkey at the Castle, Tuesday, April 23, 4:30 P.M.

Working Group Presentations (April 25) 

Each working group will have ten minutes to set up.  The strict limit for each group is 30 minutes for all presentations.

Week 15: Working Group Presentations and Wrap-up (April 30)

Each working group will have ten minutes to set up.  The strict limit for each group is 30 minutes for all presentations.