Change in The Middle East 21st Century
Mehmet Gurses

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Existing political borders in the Middle East were largely drawn by France and Britain following the Great War. As the region's political landscape is undergoing significant changes, and the old system crumbles, several important issues and questions arise. What does the 21st-century Middle East look like? Who will win and lose from these monumental changes? Can the current territorial borders and regimes survive the 21st-century? What does this mean for Israel and the United States? Professor Gurses will first present a general overview of the Middle East, and then address political, social, and economic issues that are bound to impact the Middle East in the 21st century. In so doing, he will analyze the political developments in Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Iraq.
1. The Middle East in the 21st-Century: Why it Has to Change
2. Turkey and Israel: Can they be and Remain Friends in the New Middle East?
3. Egypt: The Wounded Elephant in the Room
4. Jordan: Can She Survive?
5. Saudi Arabia: The Other Elephant in the Room
6. Iran: The End of Islamic Revolution and the Rise of Iranian Nationalism
7. Syria and Iraq: The End of An Era
8. Déjà vu or the New Middle East
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Mehmet Gurses joined the Department of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in 2007, after completing his doctorate at the University of North Texas. An expert on Middle East politics, he specializes in ethnic and religious conflict, post-civil war peace-building, democratization, and Islamist parties in the Middle East.  Dr. Gurses frequently speaks to groups in several communities on a range of topics relating to the Middle East. His scholarly publications have appeared in International Interactions, Social Science Quarterly, Civil Wars, Defense and Peace Economics, Democratization, International Studies Perspectives and Nationalism and Ethnic Politics.

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Date: Thursdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20, 27
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $68 member / $98 non-member