Current Issues in the Middle East

Current Issues in the Middle East
5 sessions, 10 hours


New content each term. One of the longest-running and most popular courses in ILR’s 55+ program, this ongoing series, featuring new content each term, presents and analyzes the latest news from the Middle East. Each week the instructor will highlight current issues as they unfold, framing them in a historical context, identifying key players, exploring the tangled web of interrelationships, and analyzing their impact on regional dynamics and world order. Among the issues under consideration for the fall term are the implications of U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, the dismantling of the Gulf Cooperation Council, leadership within the House of Sa`ud, the disintegration of the Yemeni state, the future of Syria, and the 100-year-old conflict between competing nationalisms in the Holy Land. In each, the role of the United States in the Middle East, both historically and currently, will be considered. Through lectures, selected readings, films, guest speakers, and group discussion, it is expected that participants 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 extensively 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 frequent speaker at scholarly symposia across the U. S., including Georgetown University, the World Bank, the National Council on US-Arab Relations, the National Defense University, and the Council on Foreign Relations, Santa Fe, NM, as well as the World Affairs Councils of Washington, DC, Albuquerque, NM, and Brookings, SD. Ms. Funsch has escorted several small-group study visits to the Middle East, including Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and Oman

SEN473 Current Issues in the Middle East
5-Digit  Number: 16270
Tue, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., 11/6 – 12/4
Location: Sweadner Hall
Tuition: $40.00           Fee: $109.00         Total: $149.00
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only

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