Saudi Arabia and the Middle East

Saudi Arabia seems to the West to be an enigmatic state. Generally thought to be funding terrorism and unrest in the region, and yet allied to the US, she plays a major role in international geo-politics. At the same time, she is ruled by a tight-fisted dynasty who are also fundamentalist theocratic rulers. This course looks at how Saudi Arabia works within and externally, how its own people live and how she tries to influence her region and her allies.

This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Study of the creation of the Saudi Arabian nation and Saud dynasty after the First World War We look at the early decades and how the Kingdom grew in wealth and power. We also look at nature of this Wahhabi Sunni theocracy.
  • The growth of Arab nationalism and Saudi Arabia’s relations and growing influence with her Arab neighbours as well as the superpowers, and Israel and Iran
  • Saudi Arabia’s role in the world today. We come to understand her leadership role amongst Arab nations, her sponsorship of radical Islamic movements and her complicated relationship with the West, including the United States. This is all couched in the context of her waning oil power and revenue and how she is adapting to a future without oil.

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the changing nature of Middle Eastern politics and economics.
  2. Understand the importance of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia and how it fashions domestic and foreign policy.
  3. See Saudi Arabia in the Middle Eastern power struggle, especially her com[petition with Iran, and have some idea of where this and economics is headed in the 21st century.
$110 Limited / $99

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03 Feb

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