United Kingdom, London

Wars for the Middle East: Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and Syria Since 1979

when 22 July 2019 - 9 August 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
fee GBP 1600

This course is designed for individuals seeking to understand the reasons for the various international interventions in the Middle East since 1979 outside of the Israeli-Arab angle and what the impact of these interventions have been for local populations, societies, and states. This course examines the role of violence and warfare in the shaping of the Middle East, mainly in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Iran since 1979, emphasizing the impact of American and British interventions. The course explores the factors that led to intervention in the region and what the consequences have been for the regional and national politics and social history within the region. Although American and British foreign policymaking will figure prominently in our analysis, we will devote attention as well to why domestic regimes and groups took the paths that it did.

The course looks critically at both Western strategies to resolve problems and political and military responses by local regimes. It allows students to consider the various conflicts that resulted in the context of broader international policies and to understand what the impact of these policies are. The course also moves beyond the focus on military institutional behaviour to focus significant attention on local, everyday experience and consequences.

The course will consist of a combination of lectures, tutorials and interactive activities to encourage students to think about what has been discussed in the context of the voices of those who implemented polities and to better understand those whose lives were impacted by them. The course does not require students to have prior experience in history.

Course leader

Dr. Michael Charney

Target group

You will have completed one year of undergraduate study at the time of joining the Academic Summer School. Professional experience can be acknowledged as equivalent to a university qualification.

Course aim

On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

-Understand the ways in which International interventions to solve problems create new ones
-Identify the connections between the waves of wars and failed states in the region and Cold War and post-CW era political strategies of major world powers have negatively impacted the middle east
-Critically analyse the prospects of future military interventions directed at helping local populations on the basis of Russia, American, and British experiences in the middle east since 1979.
-Discuss the interconnectedness of Western security and Western Middle Eastern policies.

Credits info

Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and typically our courses receive 3 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to claim credits from your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you enrol. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.

Fee info

GBP 1600: There is a 10% early bird discount for applications received by 31st March 2019


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