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US Withdrawal from the Middle East: Right or Wrong?

Instructor
Mehmet Gurses
Category
International Relations / Current Events
FPL11251

Course Description

President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from Syria has caused a heated debate over the U.S. role not only in the Syrian war but also in the broader Middle East. President Trump has stated that “ISIS is defeated” and portrayed Syria as nothing more than “sand and death.” While many have criticized this abrupt decision, questions remain about the overall U.S. presence in the Middle East. What does a potential U.S. withdrawal mean for the future of the region? Can the U.S. afford a pullout? Is this the beginning of the end of U.S. dominance in the Middle East? Is Iran poised to fill the vacuum? How will these changes affect America’s key ally, Israel, in the region? These questions and more will be addressed.

About the Instructor

  • Mehmet Gurses, PhD is a professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University and comparative politics and international relations editor of the journal Politics and Religion (Cambridge University Press). His research interests include ethnic and religious conflict, post-civil war peace building, post-civil war democratization, and the Middle East. He is the author of Anatomy of a Civil War: Sociopolitical Impacts of the Kurdish Conflict in Turkey (University of Michigan Press, 2018) and co-editor of Conflict, Democratization and the Kurds in the Middle East: Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). He has published extensively in journals including, International Interactions, Social Science Quarterly, Civil Wars, Defense and Peace Economics, Democratization, International Studies Perspectives, Party Politics, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Political Research Quarterly, and Comparative Politics.