MES 322K • POLITICS OF MODERN IRAQ
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
This course examines the modern politics of Iraq and the historical forces that have shaped contemporary Iraqi politics. It covers Iraq's formation in the aftermath of World War One, the British mandatory experience, Arab nationalism, Ba'thism and Saddam's rule, the recent occupation and the current insurgency. It examines the roles of sectarianism, ethnicity and tribalism, the impact of oil, and Iraq's regional context.
Mid term 45% Final Exam 45% Attendance and Participation 10%
Toby Dodge, Inventing Iraq (2003). Ahmed S. Hashim, Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in Iraq (2006). Phebe Marr, The Modern History of Iraq (2004). George Packer, The Assassins' Gate (2005). There will also be a course packet of other readings.