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International Relations of the Middle East - POL322

This unit introduces students to the international politics of the Middle East, which includes patterns of interaction between the states of the region, and also relations between the region and the world. Topics covered include: the war against terrorism; the Arab–Israeli conflict; conflicts and interventions in the Persian Gulf; inter-Arab politics; and economic dependence and development in both their regional and international dimensions from the perspective of international relations. The first part of the unit concentrates on epistemological and historical issues involved in the analysis of the Middle East as a regional system, and its place in the international system. The unit then moves on to an investigation of globalisation and democratisation in the Middle East, the prevalence of rogue states in the region and ways of containing them and several of the endemic conflict situations that exist. The conflicts to be examined are the Israel–Palestine confrontation, the Iraq wars, and the war against terrorism. The unit also examines the impact of the New World Order on the Middle East.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

S2 External - Session 2, External (On-campus sessions: None)

Staff Contact(s): Dr Jumana Bayeh

39cp at 100 level or above or (6cp in HIST or MHIS or POL units at 200 level including 3cp in POL) Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): POL321, POIX322
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Assessed As: Graded
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Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Faculty of Arts

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