Focus on Arabia: The Gulf Cooperation Council

New! Focus on Arabia: The Gulf Cooperation Council
5 sessions, 10 hours

As huge swathes of the Middle East region are racked by attempted coups, unprecedented violence, massive material destruction and heart-wrenching humanitarian crises, the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) appear to have withstood the tsunami of conflict and turmoil that has engulfed many of their neighbors.
Formed in 1981, in response to the emergence of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the GCC, whose members include the Arab Gulf nations of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Bahrain, bear closer analysis. While these countries share much in common — strategic geography, abundant petroleum and natural gas reserves, vibrant economies, and historic alliances with the West— this course will focus on the various elements that distinguish these monarchies from one another and their neighbors in the wider region. It will assess the degree to which political cooperation and economic integration has been achieved within this important sub-regional organization. In addition, discussion will include the role of national identity and religious sectarianism in the domestic and foreign affairs of individual countries, the growth of representative civil institutions, and plans for economic diversification.

ILR738 Focus on Arabia: The Gulf Cooperation Council
4-Digit Number: 6055
Tuesdays, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Sept. 27 – Oct. 25
Location:  Sweadner Hall
Tuition:  $40  Fee:  $89  Total: $129
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only: $89

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