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Title: Nuclear Politics: Middle East
Course Section Number: PSC-340-01
Department: Political Science
Description: In this class we will explore the politics of the Middle East as they have been shaped by and through nuclear weapons, nuclear power, the prospect of nuclear proliferation, and broader international treaties and norms governing these phenomena. While only one Middle Eastern country, Israel, currently possesses nuclear weapons, the politics of nuclear weapons and nuclear power have touched nearly every corner of the region. We will utilize comparative case studies to analyze the individual states' experiences with nuclear weapons, as well as theories of international relations to consider how nuclear politics have shaped regional interactions, in addition to Middle Eastern interaction with nuclear powers from around the world. We will ask questions about the role of nuclear weapons in the future of the region, the role of nuclear power, and the possibilities for arms control, and especially the chances of an eventual Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone. Students should leave the course with a richer understanding of the concept of nuclear politics, the political dynamics that govern Middle Eastern state interactions, and the role of nuclear weapons in shaping the security of the entire region. Political Science majors: register as PSC-320 if you need a comparative politics course; register as PSC-340 if you need an international relations course.
Credits: 1.00
Start Date: August 24, 2022
End Date: December 17, 2022
Meeting Information: 08/25/2022-12/15/2022 Lecture Tuesday, Thursday 02:40PM - 03:55PM, Baxter Hall, Room 201
Faculty: Valdez, John
Requisite Courses: Prerequisite: PSC-121 or PSC-141

Course Status & Cross-Listings

Cross-list Group Capacity: 12
Cross-list Group Student Count: 3
Calculated Course Status: OPEN
Section Name/Title Status Dept. Capacity Enrolled/
PSC-340-01 (cross-listing)
Nuclear Politics: Middle East
OPEN Political Science 12 1 / 9 / 0
PSC-320-01 (primary)
Nuclear Politics: Middle East
OPEN Political Science 12 2 / 9 / 0