Summer Course | The Middle East in World Politics

Applications are open for the summer course “The Middle East in World Politics”. The course will be held between August 27 and 31 and will be coordinated by Arshin Adib-Moghaddam (SOAS, London), Giulia Daniele (CEI-IUL) and Bruno Cardoso Reis (CEI-IUL). It will have duration of 20 hours, running from Monday to Friday between 2:30pm and 7:00pm. The course is organised by the Center for International Studies (CEI-IUL) and the Institute for Public and Social Policies of ISCTE-IUL and is aimed at university students, diplomats, the military, and professionals involved in Middle East affairs.

This interdisciplinary course provides an introduction to the international politics of the Middle East. It combines the study of international relations with the understanding of transnational politics (e.g. pan-Arabism, pan-Islamism), inter-state conflict (e.g. the Persian Gulf Wars, the conflict in Israel/Palestine etc.), foreign policy of major regional states (Iran, Turkey, Iraq etc.) and “superpower” politics. The course thus investigates both the factors involved in the making of international politics in the area, and the methods and concepts used to understand them. To that end, it introduces students to the discourse of “Orientalism”, theories of international relations such as (neo)realism and social constructivism and other approaches that are relevant to an in-depth enquiry into the complex interactions within the region.


The Middle East in World politics

Coordination: Arshin Adib-Moghaddam (Senior Visiting Fellow, CEI-IUL, and SOAS, London), Giulia Daniele (CEI-IUL) & Bruno Cardoso Reis (CEI-IUL)

  • Date: August 27-31, 2018
  • Time: 2:30pm and 7:00pm
  • Credits: 6 ECTS
  • English language
  • Applications: April 16 – August 17
  • Price: 100 Euros | Students: 50 Euros
  • Application and Registration fees: 35 €

Structure of the program:

  1. Opening lecture: What Is the ‘Middle East’?, by Arshin Adib-Moghaddam.
  2. Methods, Concepts, Theories
  3. Superpower Politics, from the Cold War to a New World Order
  4. Islam and the West
  5. Gender Politics
  6. War and Peace in Israel/Palestine
  7. War and Peace in the Persian Gulf
  8. The (International) Politics of Iran
  9. The (International) Politics of Turkey
  10. The Region After the Arab Revolts

Apply here!

Jerusalem, photo by idobi, GFDL
The summer course is also funded with national funds by FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, in the framework of the project UID/CPO/03122/2013.

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CEI-Iscte (Centre for International Studies) is a university-based multidisciplinary research center at ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL). CEI-Iscte aims at promoting interdisciplinary research in Social Sciences, International Relations and Economy, focusing in its areas of geographic specialisation: Africa, Asia, Europe, and Transatlantic Relations.

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