Current Issues in the Middle East

Current Issues in the Middle East
5 sessions • 10 hours


The Middle East is arguably one of the most newsworthy areas of the world. Entrenched stereotypes and recurring sound-bites reduce the diversity of this vitally-important region to a simplistic “one-size-fits-all” monolith.

One of the longest-running and most popular ILR courses, this program is an ongoing series, designed to uncover the mystique associated with this region. Each week the historic and current role of the United States in the Middle East will be considered as we focus on and analyze the latest news from the region. Additional upcoming topics may include:
• Escalating tensions between the United States and Iran
• Unprecedented turmoil within the Israeli government
• Fall of ISIS and the so-called “caliphate”
• Trump administration’s Palestinian-Israeli “deal of the century”
• Authoritarian regimes in Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Syria
• The future of Yemen

Sessions feature lectures, guest speaker presentations, select readings and films, discussions and more. By participating in these sessions, it is expected you will be better equipped to understand and address, with a greater level of confidence, some of the most important issues of our time.

Instructor: Linda Pappas Funsch is a career specialist in modern Middle Eastern history and Islamic studies. With an MA in Near Eastern Studies from New York University, she has studied, worked, and traveled throughout the region. A freelance writer, consultant, and author, Ms. Funsch’s latest book, Oman Reborn: Balancing Tradition and Modernization, was published 2015 and has been translated into Arabic. She has taught at both Hood College and Mount Saint Mary’s University. She is a popular speaker at scholarly symposia across the US, including Georgetown University, the World Bank, the National Council on US-Arab Relations, the National Defense University, and the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as the World Affairs Councils of Washington, D.C., Albuquerque, NM, and Brookings, SD. Ms. Funsch is a frequent leader of small-group “learning on location” study visits to the Middle East, including Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and Oman.

Current Issues in the Middle East
SEN473 • 5-digit: 18732
Tuesdays • 10/1-10/29 • 2:00-4:00 PM
Sweadner Hall
Tuition: $40 | Fee: $109 | Total: $149
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only


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