ISU 2016

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The following post is for my students at ISU in Marburg 2016.

Welcome to:

Authoritarian Politics and Democratization in the Middle East: From the 1990s to the Arab Spring

 

 

Assignments

  • Participation and Presentation 30%
  • Map quiz 20%
  • Take Home Essay #1 25%
  • Take Home Essay #2 25%

 

  • Schedule:
Class Topic Case(s) Readings
1 Introduction
2 Middle Eastern Exceptionalism & Political Culture 1
3 Coercive Institutions Syria & Libya 2
4 Rentier Politics & Map Quiz Saudi Arabia 3
5 Elections and Authoritarian Politics Egypt & Tunisia 4
6 Political Liberalization and Authoritarian Politics Jordan 5
7 Consociational Politics Lebanon & Iraq 6
8 Gender Iran 7 & 8
9 The United States

 

  • Readings:

 

 

  1. Y. Sadowski, “The New Orientalism in the Democracy Debate” Middle East Report No. 183 p.1-7
  2. Bassam Haddad Syria’s Curious Dilemma Middle East Report On Line Vol. 35, 2005 http://www.merip.org/mer/mer236/syrias-curious-dilemma
  3. Steffen Hertog A Rentier Social Contract: The Saudi Political Economy since 1979 Middle East Institute October 2009 http://www.mei.edu/content/rentier-social-contract-saudi-political-economy-1979
  4. Marsha Pripstein Posusney, “Behind the Ballot Box: Electoral Engineering in the Arab World” Middle East Report, No. 209, (Winter, 1998), pp. 12-15+42
  5. Curtis Ryan, Reform Retreats Amid Jordan’s Political Storms, Middle East Report On Line, June 10, 2005 http://www.merip.org/mero/mero061005
  6. Canadians For Justice and Peace in the Middle East, Factsheet: Understanding Lebanese Confessionalism Factsheet Series No. 26, May 2007 http://www.cjpmo.org/DisplayDocument.aspx?DocumentID=47
  7. Ervand Abrahamian Why the Islamic Republic Has Survived Middle East Report No. 250, 2009 http://www.merip.org/mer/mer250/why-islamic-republic-has-survived
  8. Deniz Kandiyoti Women, “Islam and the State” Middle East Report No.173 1991

 

Presentation Schedule:

Class #4 21-Jul
Syria: Emily & Sam

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/19/world/syria-airstrikes-civilian-casualties/http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/led-air-strikes-kill-21-civilians-syria-160719045329897.html

 

Class #5 22-Jul
Libya: Hanna & Dorathee

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-libya-security-tripoli-idUSKCN0ZZ1YA

 

Class #6 25-Jul

Saudi Arabia: Shouq & Aisha
Egypt: Bobby & John

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/04/20/politics/kerry-el-sisi-human-rights-egypt/

http://www.baseera.com.eg/pdf_poll_file_en/president%20approval%20rate-%20April2016-%20En.pdf

Class #7 26-Jul

Tunisia: Blake & Aysha & Dan
Lebanon: Rachel and Ahmed

Class #8 27-Jul
Iran: Jonathan and Jesse

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0ZY13R

Iran: Rose-Helen & Johdalys