NES 2694 The United States and Middle Eastern Wars
This course is only offered in the Summer Session.
This course examines the relationship between warfare and violent conflict in the Middle East on the one hand, and the historical development of the Foreign Policy of the United States of America on the other hand. We will examine how American interventions in the Barbary Coast, the two World Wars, the Cold War, and the War on Terror have shaped the modern Middle East. We will consider political and social history, as well as the military aspect of the various conflicts we study. We will also look at the decision calculus of Washington policy makers at different points in history, as well as the impact of U.S. foreign policy on the region. The course will be based on a variety of published academic readings, as well as primary sources and films. Writing assignments will range from informal reading responses to formal academic essays.