Contemporary Issues in Arab-Western Intersections

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Political Science
International Relations
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring
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The course is divided in two main parts, to be covered in Rabat and Granada. The first part in Rabat examines the politics and intra-regional relations of the Maghreb states, focusing on post-independence state building, the role of political parties, the rise of Islamism, the rise of identity politics, the role of civil society actors and the changing faces of authoritarianism in the region. The second part focuses on the history and features of European integration, the political system of the European Union, its economic and public policies, as well as political parties and public opinion, seeing the EU both as a domestic and as a global actor, with a particular emphasis on Mediterranean policies.
Students will become familiar with Arab-Western shared history and the contemporary polity, politics, policy-making and policies of the European Union towards the neighboring Maghreb countries, as well as its current major challenges: Euro-crisis, Euroscepticism and xenophobia, migration pressures and security and cooperation policies.