GOV 365N • Globalization in the Middle East & North Africa
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Course number may be repeated for credit when topics vary. This undergraduate course will survey the recent efforts of the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to adapt to the global economy. We will compare their respective strategies of economic and political development and discuss the possible interrelationships between economic and political change. Each student will select a particular country in the region and represent one of its leading actors (either in government or opposition) in a diplomatic simulation game played with other students at the American University of Beirut.
Midterm exam, 25% Annotated bibliographies, 10% Role Profiles, 10% Position Papers, 10% Participation in class and game simulation, 10% Final exam, 35% (or optional term paper)
Alan Richards and John Waterbury, A Political Economy of the Middle East, 2nd edition, Boulder, CO: Westview, 1996. Clement Henry and Robert Springborg, Globalization and the Politics of Development in the Middle East, Cambridge University Press, 2001. Other materials to be posted on a password-protected website.