The Gulf States and the Arab Spring: Viva La Revolution or Viva La Counter-Revolution?

GLOBAL 154M Special Topics: Middle East
Prerequisites: Class Number: 24413 Units/Credit: 4 Time/Location: MW 5:00-6:30pm / 204 Wheeler Final Exam Group: 19 – Friday, 12/18/2020 / 3:00-6:00pm Instructor: Peter Bartu
The Gulf States seemed impermeable to the 2011 Arab uprisings but behind the scenes saw regional developments as both threat and opportunity. This course examines the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE and Qatar in particular and their roles in an ongoing struggle for the heart and soul of a region. Themes explored include: governance, succession, sectarianism, Islam and the state, intra-Gulf conflicts, gender, security and energy.

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