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PSCI/INTR 254 The U.S. in the Middle East

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  • Spring 2017
    Svanhildur Thorvaldsdottir
    Spring 2017 — MW 10:25 - 11:40
    Course Syllabus

    What are the United States' foreign policy interests in countries such as Syria, Iran, or Saudi Arabia? What determines those interests and how are they pursued? This course will focus on the processes by which U.S. foreign policy is formulated and executed, using examples from the Middle East as its subject material. Readings and lectures will examine the relationship between U.S. government agencies (White House, State Department, Defense Department, CIA, Congress, etc.) and specific foreign policy instruments (declaratory policy, diplomacy, military presence, arms transfers, covert action, etc.) in the pursuit of national goals. Special attention will be devoted to the analysis of U.S. regional policy in the Middle East starting in the second half of the 20th century.