Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Spring 2015



Course Number

DIPL 6501

Course Description

U.S. involvement in the Middle East began in early 1800s, but it was not until the World War II that the Middle East became a priority for U.S. administrations. The creation of the state of Israel further reinforced U.S. involvement in the Middle East political equations and international relations. The United States is currently the most influential foreign power in the Middle East, but it is far from the most popular. A history of U.S. involvement in the Middle East during the Cold War, its special relations with Israel and its efforts at forging alliance with certain Middle Eastern countries are among the topics to be discussed in this course. Challenges to U.S. hegemony in the region particularly the impact of the September 11th events including American military intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq and disputes over Iran's nuclear program will be also examined in the course, exploring prospects for future U.S. ties with the Middle East in the next decade.