States, Societies, and the Arab Regional System
De-democratization: Rentierism, clientelism and corruption in the MENA region
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· This course examines the interaction between economics and politics in the MENA region. It analyzes crony capitalism, rentierism, the relation between authoritarianism and socioeconomic development, and the effects of globalization on Arab states.
Politics and Society of a Regional Power : the case of Turkey in the 20th and 21st centuries
Coping with Multipolarity: the challenges of U.S. Foreign Policy
This course explores the political, economic and military challenges facing U.S. foreign policy-making. The course considers the characteristics of American foreign policy after the Cold War, the complexity of the decision-making processs, the rise of China and the shift toward a multipolar world, the challenges posed by the Arab revolutions and the enduring Arab-Israeli conflict, and the deteriorating transatlantic relations.
World Politics: Dynamics, Actors, Systems
This course examines the consequences of globalization on the world order. It explores the growing interdependence between the different actors of the international system, namely states, markets, and civil society (NGOs), and analyzes the challenges posed by globalization. It looks at means to reform the global order and ensure a better global governance.
International Political Economy
This course serves as an introduction to the discipline of IPE. It examines
the various schools and theoretical approaches for analyzing the relationship
between economics and politics, and enlists these different approaches to
address a variety of topics and issues related to IPE - from the
internationalization of production to the challenges of financial
liberalization, international development, the effects of globalization and the
transformation of the state.
Elements of Globalization
This course is intended as an introduction to the causes, nature, dynamics, and effects of the process of globalization. The course begins with an analysis of the definitions of “globalization”, before proceeding to an in-depth examination of various topics and issues related to this phenomenon. Such topics include global production and the post-war trading regime, cultural globalization and the rise of fundamentalism and religious backlash, the role of non-state actors and transnational movements, migrations, the rise of inequalities and the theories of development. The course concludes with a discussion of the limits and future of globalization, and alternatives to it.
The Middle East and the Politics of Regional Powers
This course looks at the MENA region as a
playing field for regional power competition. It analyzes the political
sociology and foreign policy of selected regional powers, namely Turkey, Saudi
Arabia, Qatar, and Iran. By applying to these countries the concept of “middle
rising powers”, the course looks at the strategies and instruments they use in
their quest for leadership of the MENA region. The course examines the
implications of the Arab revolutions on the policies of the above-mentioned regional
powers. It concludes with an assessment of the new power configurations
emerging in the region and a look at current important issues that would shape
its future, including the competition over the recently discovered energy
resources in the EastMed, and the rise of powerful non-state actors (the Kurds,