Carnegie Mellon University

War and Peace in the Contemporary Middle East

Course Number: 84-323

This course examines the drivers and dynamics of war and peace in the contemporary Middle East. It is structured around a series of key debates about different facets of conflict and violence in the region, such as the causes of rebellion, the reasons resistance groups use terrorism, and the factors that facilitate peace. We will delve into competing arguments about each of these issues, applying the ideas to cases around the region. We will also examine broader regional conflicts like the Arab-Israeli dispute and Sunni-Shia confrontation. We will use a mixture of research articles and books as well as more diverse materials such as war reporting, films, and memoirs in order to create a holistic understanding of these issues.

Academic Year: 2022-2023
Semester(s): Spring
Required/Elective: Elective
Units: 9
Location(s): Pittsburgh

Spring 2023
Monday and Wednesday
11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

Elective course for the following IPS degrees:
BS in International Relations and Politics
Additional Major in International Relations and Politics
BS in Economics and Politics
Additional Major in Economics and Politics
Minor in International Relations and Politics
Minor in Cybersecurity and International Conflict
Minor in Military Strategy and International Relations