Middle East

Israel Temple Mount

2019 Summer Programs in the Middle East


Middle East Policy and Security Studies

This two-week program features some of the top security and terrorism experts from inside and outside Israel. Learn first-hand how Israelis approach conflict and grapple with terrorism and other security issues. Class lectures will feature a wide range of topics from media and the Middle East to dilemmas in counter-terrorism decision making and the Persian Gulf. In addition to classes and lectures, the course includes a tour of Tel Aviv, day trips to northern Israel and Jerusalem, and other field trips and activities designed to enhance your understanding of Israeli culture. You’ll be expected to complete required reading assignments prior to departure to the course and submit a research paper one month after the course concludes. (3 credits; PSC 400)

Dubai, UAE

Revolutions, War and the Prospect for Democracy in the Middle East

This program, first offered in 2012, examines the problem of the “democratic deficit” in the Muslim world, and analyzes the causes and consequences of the recent wave of revolutions against authoritarian rule in the Arab World. In addition, the course will look at the commitment of the United States to the promotion of democratic institutions and values in the Middle East. Case studies include Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. (3 or 6 credits; PSC/IRP/MES 400/600)


Women and Gender in the Arab World

Students enrolled in this upper-level course will travel to Lebanon for two weeks to directly engage with issues pertaining to the study of gender and sexuality in the Arab world within the specific context of these interconnected and geopolitical sites. (3 credits; ENG 360/730, WGS/MES/QSX 400/600)