PROGRAM DETAILS

The Middle East in the Age of Uncertainties

Instructor
Mehmet Gurses
Category
Politics / International Relations
W141A

Course Description

Nearly a decade after the Arab Spring, the region is looking for new directions. Saudi Arabia and Iran have engaged in a proxy war in Yemen. The regime change and the rise of Shiites to power in Iraq has benefited and strengthened Iran. The wars in Libya and Yemen have left millions without a government. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict, or efforts to find a solution to it, are no longer among top priorities of Jordanians, Egyptians, Saudis, or Americans. Furthermore, the West Bank has become one of the “safest” places in the Middle East. This is a changed Middle East. In this four-week series, Gurses will address these monumental changes taking place in the Middle East.

Lectures

  1. The Two-State Alternative: A Century of “No Solution”
  2. The Rise of the New Saudi Arabia
  3. The Demise of Secular Alternatives: Islam versus Islam in the Middle East
  4. Iraq and Syria: How Did it Begin and Where Will it End?

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.

    Lifelong Learning Professorship of Current Affairs, 2019-2020