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

Spring 2005

MES 323K • Globalization in the Middle East and North Africa

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39630 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
BUR 208

Course Description

This undergraduate seminar 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 Koc University, Istanbul.

Grading Policy

Midterm exam 25% Annotated bibliographies 10% Role Profiles 10% Position Papers 10% Participation in class and game simulation 10% Final exam (or optional term paper) 35%


Alan Richards and John Waterbury, A Political Economy of the Middle East, 2nd edition, Boulder, CO: Westview, 1996. World Bank, World Development Report 1999/2000 Other materials to be posted on a password-protected website.


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