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Matthew E. Goldman
TPOL S 440
Tacoma Campus

American Foreign Policy in the Middle East

Examines the Middle East through the lens of US foreign policy objectives, focusing on the developments of US policy towards the Middle East from 1945 to the present. Recommended: either TPOL S 203 or TPOL S 321.

Class description

This course will examine the evolution of US foreign policy in the Middle East from the end of World War II to the present day. Throughout the class, we will be asking a number of questions: How did the Cold War affect US foreign policy in the Middle East? What has been the role of projects to promote modernization and development? How have business interests and lobbying groups influenced US foreign policy? And finally, what role do individual citizens play in foreign policy, and what role should they play? Together, we will explore these issues, looking at - and beyond - the headlines to better understand the long and complex history of conflict and cooperation between the US and the countries of the Middle East.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Matthew E. Goldman
Date: 03/18/2013