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McGill University Political Science – POLI 341 Foreign Policy: The Middle East Winter Term 2008 Lecturer: Imad Mansour Office: Leacock 528 Office Hours: 12:30 – 1:30 Monday and Wednesday (and by appointment) This course analyzes determinants of Middle Eastern states’ foreign policy making through a variety of analytical frameworks, but mainly utilizing a “levels of analysis” approach. We are going to look at external variables (such as major power influence), and unpack the state to analyze the impact of domestic variables (such as regime type, bureaucratic politics, and the role of individuals). Moreover, we analyze how the interactions of the foreign policies of our selected cases bear implications on overall regional stability. By tracing the impact of explanatory variables and historical patterns, the course provides a firm basis for an academic study of Middle East foreign policy and helps make sense of current events. Be advised that this course has an introductory IR course pre-requisite (POLI 244 or POLI 243). Drop the class if you have no IR foundations. Reading Material: A book (below) is available at the bookstore and a collection of articles that will be either on webct or available through the McGill Library Network. Raymond Hinnebusch and Anoushiravan Ehteshami, eds., The Foreign Policies of Middle East States (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2002); hereafter FPMES. Evaluation Conferences 10% Midterm Examination 20% Final Examination 40% Term Paper 30% Privileges of compensatory work will not be granted. Academic Integrity: McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see http://www.mcgill.ca/integrity for more information). Webct: for public announcements, course updates, etc…
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POLI 341 (Winter 08) – 2 January 4 th and January 7 th : Theoretical Notes Fawaz Gerges, The Study of Middle East International Relations: A Critique,” British Journal of Middle East Studies 18, no. 2 (1991): 208 – 220. Steven R. David, “Explaining Third World Alignment,”
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