U.S. Foreign Policy and the Roots of Terrorism

Spring 2016 quarter

Taught by

international politics, political science, Middle East studies

This program will critically examine debates over the nature and causes of terrorism and violence directed against the United States from the Middle East, and the contending policy options concerning how best to respond to it. The program will focus primarily on debates in the U.S. since the attacks of 9/11 by exploring different theories of terrorism, political violence, and counterterrorism offered by various scholars and theorists. The program will examine the history of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, the rise of Al-Qaida and Jihadist terrorism, and the responses by the U.S. to these developments in the 21st century.

To meet the learning goals of this program, students will have to obtain a thorough knowledge of current events; develop a thorough understanding of the history of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East; learn how to assess and compare competing theories of terrorism and counterterrorism strategies; understand the diversity of political, cultural, and religious beliefs within the Middle East; engage in critical thinking; and develop informed opinions regarding all of these topics. The program will be organized around a series of texts, exercises, and assignments, including in-class presentations, role-plays, and several analytical papers. We will watch films and documentaries to supplement our learning.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

politics and public policy, international politics, and Middle East studies.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day

Advertised schedule: First spring class meeting: Monday, March 29 at 12pm (Lib 1540)


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Freshmen ONLY ; 100% of the seats are reserved for freshmen

Maximum enrollment: 23


Course Reference Number

Fr (16 credits): 30088

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