Seminar: The Middle East - Future Prospects?

Ref: C3743055

There is more conflict in the Middle East than in any other world region. Some makes current headlines but may reach a 'settlement' in the shorter term (e.g. a war or insurrection). But there are 'chronic' challenges which defy resolution such as competition for water, jobs, justice or freedom from the effects of cronyism and corruption. Some of these affect the entire Middle East, with each of the two dozen national states having a different 'mix' of problems according to its local circumstances. There are also enduring problems affecting particular parts of the region. One such is the future of Israel when it (soon) rules a majority of non-Jews. Meanwhile the thirty million Kurds scattered across several states are likely to struggle for their own state. Another part of the future reality will be continuing interference by outside powers and movements with their own agendas. Amid speculation about the future it is certain that there will be conflict in the region.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by The Education and Skills Funding agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available. Contact the branch for further details.

Course aim

This single session aims to forecast conflicts and challenges which will effect the Middle East long-term. Some are environmental (e.g. access to water). Some are political (e.g.democracy versus authoritarianism).

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This session is for any student willing to consider the future of the Middle East. No particular experience will be needed other than an open mind and willingness to think flexibly.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand the durability of conflict across the Middle East and some of the reasons for it.
  • Look at the current Middle East as dispassionately as possible.
  • Identify major current conflicts and their causes and outcomes.
  • Speculate in an open way about future prospects.
  • Consider the implications of change for the United Kingdom and Europe.

How will I be taught?

  • The session will consist of a lecture and question and answer discussion. The equivalent of 'outside work' will be individual thoughtfulness about the implications of changes.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Some feedback will come in responses to questions raised by students.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Nothing needs to be brought apart from writing materials and an open mind.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No formal pre-session work required - just readiness to be thoughtful.

What can I do next?

  • This session will, one hopes, lead to students wishing to take the topic further in other courses- or by following press, TV, and other accounts informally.

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Seminar: The Middle East - Future Prospects?


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