Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Spring 2016



Course Number

DIPL 6510

Course Description

This course will provide basic knowledge of the Gulf region, analyze current trends and challenges, and require critical thinking on choices for regional and non-regional policymakers and their implications for the region’s future. The course will begin with a brief discussion of the recent history of the Gulf region. It will then be divided into four sections: (1) politics and governance; (2) economic trends; (3) security, political-military issues and military issues; and (4) case studies and class presentations.

The class will be conducted as a seminar. Attendance and active student participation throughout the course is essential. Students need to complete the assigned readings before class, submit written summaries on time, and participate actively in class discussions. Students also need to stay abreast of current events in the region and can easily do so by choosing from among relevant articles in the major newspapers or magazines (New York Times, Washington Post, the Economist, etc.), the analytical articles on the web sites of major think tanks, and reporting in regional media (Al Arabiya, Al Jazeera, etc.) which are available in English.