- Code MEAS8113
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof James Piscatori
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2016
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The Persian Gulf is a contested political terrain. The security of regional countries is influenced by a complicated web of strategic, political and cultural variables. It is also a key focus for the national security strategy of the United States. Notwithstanding the diversity of the region, the countries within it face a unique set of social, political, and economic challenges, particularly in comparison to other developing regions. The central focus of the course will be the forces for continuity and change in the Gulf, and the interaction of domestic and external actors and factors shaping the Gulf security environment. It will review internal political and economic trends, the dealings of Gulf states with each other, and their relations with the United States. It will then discuss the role and interests of the United States in the region, and the implications for the United States and its alliance partners of regional developments in the Gulf and surrounding areas. It will conclude with an examination of political and security developments and the regional outlook following the removal of the Saddam Hussein regime.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify domestic and external actors and factors shaping the security environment of the Gulf;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the global strategic importance of Gulf energy reserves;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the security perceptions of the United States and regional countries, and the challenges they face;
- Discuss and debate critically the ideas and theories that have been advanced to understand Gulf politics, political economy and international relations, and to deal with core unresolved regional issues; and
- Discuss and debate alternative futures for the region, their strategic implications and prospects for developing regional security architecture.
Major essay (60% of the total assessment), assessing several of LOs 1-5 depending on the essay topic chosen; and a final examination (40% of the total course assessment), assessing all five of LOs 1-5.
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One two-hour seminar per week over 13 weeks; about 130 hours workload in total (including seminars, preparation time, work on assessments, and private study and reflection.
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|Last day to enrol
|Class end date
|Mode Of Delivery
|15 Feb 2016
|26 Feb 2016
|31 Mar 2016
|27 May 2016