Contemporary Arab Politics: From Nasserist Statism to Islamist State (21104). 2 units. An examination of the key elements of the Arab political order that arose out of colonial rule, the relationship between political and economic interests in Arab countries, the instruments of control and repression and the problems with rule of law, and the emerging elements of a new political order in countries that have suffered upheaval. The course will highlight tribal sectarian politics in Arab countries, the role of political Islam and competition between Sunni and Shia communities as well as the ideology of Islamic extremism and factors facilitating its spread. the course will conclude with an examination of the role and limits of American influence in the Arab world now. Paper required. Enrollment limited to four Law students. Permission of the instructor required. Also GLBL 685b. R.S. Ford.
Note: This course will meet according to the Graduate School calendar.