Winter 2019 HC 434H/431H: Peacemaking in the Middle East

Winter Term, 2018-2019

Professor: Farhad Malekafzali

4.00 credits

CRN 23387: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 – 15:50 @ GSH 103

Graduation Requirement: This class will fulfill both of the following requirements: a Social Science Colloquium and an IC (International Cultures) Multicultural class. If the student has already taken a Social Science Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Elective Colloquium and an IC Multicultural class.

This course takes a critical look at the causes and consequences of continuing conflict in the Middle East with an emphasis on conflict resolution and long-term peace building. In the first part, the sources of enduring conflicts as well as their implications for regional and international peace and security will be analyzed. The second part examines peace building using a number of specific cases. The goal is to debunk the long-standing myth that the resolution of Middle East conflicts represent unique challenges to the international community. To that end, the course will show that long-term peace can be achieved by applying some of the same principles used by western countries when they negotiate among themselves, namely the centrality and legitimacy of self-determination, the equality of the rights of peoples involved, and the importance of good faith negotiations.