International Relations of the Mena Region, PT. 2

OSH 992 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English

Course Description: This series of lectures continue with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa’s modern history and International Relations, with specific focus on crucial conflicts and political events that are having a great impact in the MENA region today.


Week 1     

September 11th and the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan.  This lecture focuses on the results and legacy of several years of antiterrorist policies in the West, and the MENA region.

Week 2

The Arab Spring. This lecture explores the political and social transformation initiated in the Winter of 2011 in Tunisia, and the spread to almost every country in the MENA region.

Week 3

The Arab Winter : Libya, Syria, Egypt and Yeman in turmoil. In this lecture you will learn about the difficult political transitions initiated in the Arab Spring.

Week 4

The expansion of the Islamic State in Iraq and the levant.  This lecture deals with the phenomenon of jihadism in Iraq and Syria.  I will discuss its origins, development and demise.

Week 5

Trump’s foreign policy and The Arab Cold War: Saudi Arabia vs. Iran.  This lecture tackles Donald Trump’s foreign policy in the MENA region.

Week 6 

Israelis and Palestinians: Elusive Peace.  This lecture discusses which are the obstacles withholding a peace resolution of the oldest conflict in the Middle East.


Instructor: Dr. Daniel Rivera

This course is available as part of the following:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses
These courses and programs are available at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Membership is required. Our classes take place in Lau Founders Hall, 1550 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33146 unless otherwise noted below.

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Starts: 8/1/2019 Ends: 7/31/2020