U.S. Foreign Policy and the Roots of Terrorism
Spring 2016 quarter
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.
Fields of Study
Preparatory for studies or careers in
Location and Schedule
Offered during: Day