Course description

The Middle East is currently in the midst of a dramatic transformation since at least the Arab uprisings in 2011. This course situates these ongoing developments within the broader historical and political context of the region. It examines the politics of the Middle East through a variety of topics, including how modern nations and states emerged out of Ottoman and European colonialism, what explains persistent authoritarianism and regime change across the region, why Islamist parties and movements emerged, the dynamics of war and conflict, and the rise and decline of ISIS.


Associated Schools

  • Harvard Division of Continuing Education

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