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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Spring 2009

MES 322K • POLITICS OF MODERN IRAQ

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41454 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
GAR 0.128
BARRY, A.

Course Description

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.

Grading Policy

Mid term 45% Final Exam 45% Attendance and Participation 10%

Texts

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.

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