What: The summer course “The Middle East in World Politics” will be coordinated by Arshin Adib-Moghaddam (SOAS, London), Giulia Daniele (CEI-IUL) and Bruno Cardoso Reis (CEI-IUL). It will have duration of 20 hours, running from Monday to Friday between 2:30pm and 7:00pm. The course is organized by the Center for International Studies (CEI-IUL) and the Institute for Public and Social Policies of ISCTE-IUL and is aimed at university students, diplomats, the military, and professionals involved in Middle East affairs.
When/where: The course will be held between August 28 and September 1 in Lisbon.
Topics: This interdisciplinary course provides an introduction to the international politics of the Middle East. It combines the study of international relations with the understanding of transnational politics (e.g. pan-Arabism, pan-Islamism), inter-state conflict (e.g. the Persian Gulf Wars, the conflict in Israel/Palestine etc.), foreign policy of major regional states (Iran, Turkey, Iraq etc.) and “superpower” politics. The course thus investigates both the factors involved in the making of international politics in the area, and the methods and concepts used to understand them. To that end, it introduces students to the discourse of “Orientalism”, theories of international relations such as (neo)realism and social constructivism and other approaches that are relevant to an in-depth enquiry into the complex interactions within the region.
Structure of the program:

  • Opening lecture: What Is the ‘Middle East’?, by Arshin Adib-Moghaddam.
  • Methods, Concepts, Theories
  • Superpower Politics, from the Cold War to a New World Order
  • Islam and the West
  • Gender Politics
  • War and Peace in Israel/Palestine
  • War and Peace in the Persian Gulf
  • The (International) Politics of Iran
  • The (International) Politics of Turkey
  • The Region After the Arab Revolts

Deadline/how to apply: Applications are open until August 20

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