Political Development in the Arab World

Course Dates: 
Sept. 23, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, 2011
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Tom Sanders
Course Catalogs: 
2011 Fall

We shall consider twentieth-century forces like colonialism, socialism, and pan-Arabism which shaped the diverse political systems in Arab countries of North Africa and the Middle East. We will analyze democratic potential in modernizing monarchies like Morocco and Saudi Arabia, bureaucratic authoritarian regimes like Egypt and Yemen, and semi-democracies like Iraq and Palestine.

Tom Sanders (tsanders.avl@gmail.com) has taught political science and international studies at the University of Connecticut, Earlham College and the University of Tulsa. He has also taught many courses in the College for Seniors including courses on Turkey, the Kurds, and Islam and politics.