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Fall 2011 - 61264 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

U.S. Policy & Diplomacy in N. Africa & the Middle East

Instructor(s): McMullen, Ron
Unique Number: 61264
Day & Time: F 9:00 - 12:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.212/221
Waitlist Information:For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information
Final Exam Information:December 9, 2011 - 9:00am - 12:00pm SRH 3.124
Course Overview

Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.


Section Description

This course offers a comparative examination of U.S. policy and diplomacy involving 19 states ranging from Morocco in the west through Iran in the east, from Syria in the north to Yemen in the south. It includes Sudan and the emerging Palestinian entity or entities. The regional countries’ quest for legitimacy and identity has at times clashed with the United States’ promotion of its interests and values. Pan-Arabism, sub-nationalism, political Islam, economic development, the impact of oil, the role of women, and other region-wide themes will be used to illustrate issues of legitimacy and identity. In addition, social, political, and economic dynamics of each of the region states will be assessed in terms of current American diplomatic and policy challenges. The course will be highly participatory and seminar participants are expected to maintain a level of sustained high-quality performance throughout the semester.