Barcelona, Spain

International Relations of the Middle East in the 21st Century

when 4 June 2022 - 8 July 2022
language English
duration 5 weeks
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 300

This course offers an introduction to contemporary Middle Eastern international relations from a foreign policy analysis perspective. It begins with a brief historical outline which concentrates on three turning points: the interwar period of the 1920s—1930s which witnessed the genesis of the modern states system; the Cold War period; and the post-Cold War moment of unilateral US power in the 1990s. The course then focuses on four major regional powers, Turkey, Iran, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and the ways in which they have shaped the region in the two decades since the turn of the 21st century and the 9/11 attacks. Each of the four is studied through the prism of a foreign policy analysis theme: in the case of Turkey, geopolitics versus identity; in the case of Iran, ideology versus pragmatism; in the case of Egypt, security versus economic drivers; and in the case of Saudi Arabia, foreign policy means and ends. Students in this course will emerge with a better grasp of what drives individual states and of the underpinnings of the regional balances of power and ideological factors that shape their relationships; they will also acquire an understanding of some theoretical issues in foreign policy, which are also applicable beyond the Middle Eastern region.

Course leader

Katerina Dalacoura (London School of Economics)

Target group

The Barcelona Summer School of the Mediterranean and the Middle East is a joint initiative of IBEI and Blanquerna - Universitat Ramón Llull. The School consists of two separate but complementary parts. The first part will consist of a number of short courses on the politics and international relations of the Mediterranean and the Middle East, taught by experts of international repute. The second part will include interactive roundtables focused on the various policy challenges the two regions face. This unique dual structure will enable the programme to cater to the needs of students and practitioners. The program is designed for graduate students and all those who have an interest in advanced knowledge of the mediterranean and middle east issues. The objective is to offer different short courses on significant topics, taught by scholars and experts of international prestige.

Credits info

2 EC
Participants have the opportunity to gain ECTS credits if they are recognized by their universities.

10 hour course: 2 credits = Complete the course + daily assignments / project work

Fee info

EUR 300: Fee for Students. Discount pricing for participants taking more than one course (2 courses 20%; 3 courses 30%; 4 courses 40%).
Early bird discount: an additional 10% discount for full payments received on or before 9 June 2022
EUR 450: Fee for Professionals/Researchers. Discount pricing for participants taking more than one course (2 courses 20%; 3 courses 30%; 4 courses 40%).
Early bird discount: an additional 10% discount for full payments received on or before 15 June 2022

Scholarships

A number of scholarships to cover full or half course fees will be available. To apply for a scholarship, interested persons must send to IBEI (Carlos Sánchez, csanchez@ibei.org) until 23 May 2022, a letter of interest, a CV, and a recommendation letter.