This course is an upper division reading course on the conflict in the Middle East between the nation of Israel and its Arab neighbors. The course explores the historical origins of the conflict in modern Zionism and colonialism and traces is development through the various hot and cold conflicts of the post WWII era. The course will discuss the inter-relationship between the power politics of nations and the politics of identity. The Arab-Israeli conflict will be situated within the wider regional politics in the Middle East as well as temporally in the context of the post WWII international system. This course will explore the complexity of the conflict as well as various attempts at its resolution. The course will also explore the potential impact of the changes of the Arab Spring on the dynamics of the conflict.
Lecture Hours: 3.00 Lab Hours: 0Total Hours: 3.00