MES 322K • Politics of Regime Change
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Upper-division standing required. Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary. This course will examine attempts by the United States at reorganizing the governments of other societies. Students will become familiar with the arguments for and against US-led regime change. They will also learn what conditions enable or impede regime change. We will begin by discussing what regime change means. We will then explore specific cases of US intervention, from post-Civil War Southern Reconstruction to the ongoing Iraqi Reconstruction. Over half of the cases we cover will come from the Middle East. The reading load will be substantial, 100-120 pages per week, and will include works by major proponents and critics of US intervention. A number of films will also be assigned, either for in-class or outside viewing.
Grades will be based on active class participation (20%), three brief response papers (20%), a small group debate project (20%), a multiple-choice midterm examination (20%), and a final examination with short essay questions (20%).
Thomas Carothers and Marina Ottaway (eds.), Uncharted Journey: Promoting Democracy in the Middle East (2005). Larry Diamond, Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq (2005). Fawaz Gerges, America and Political Islam: Clash of Cultures or Clash of Interests? (1999). Stephen Kinzer, All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror (2003). Tony Smith, Americas Mission (1994). United Nations Development Program, Arab Human Development Report 2004: Freedom and Good Governance in Arab Countries (2005). There will also be a course packet of other readings. Recommended: William J. Spencer, Global Studies: The Middle East, 10th Ed., (2004).