U.S. Middle East Foreign Policy – PPOG 641

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

U.S. Middle East Foreign Policy will build upon PPOG 640, providing a detailed analysis of the foundations, motivations, formation and impact of U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East. The course will study the history and status of U.S.-Israeli relations, the substance of U.S. foreign policy, and the mechanics of how that policy is communicated, negotiated and carried out.

Prerequisite

PPOG 500 (may be taken concurrently)

Rationale

This course will provide public policy students with a foundational understanding of the history, trends, and substance of U.S. foreign policy involving the Middle East nations. This course expands the degree program’s foreign policy offerings, specifically addresses some of the most important global issues facing U.S. policy makers, and will assist public policy students in becoming well-rounded practitioners in their chosen field.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze policies in the Middle East that impact United States foreign policy.
  2. Explain historical interactions between the United States and the Middle East.
  3. Analyze the United States’ national interests in the Middle East.
  4. Evaluate the United States’ relationship with the State of Israel.
  5. Evaluate United States Middle East foreign policy in light of legal, practical, and biblical principles.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200–250 words.

William E. Blackstone Research Paper

The student will write a 5–7-page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on William E. Blackstone. The paper must include at least 5 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Presidential Leadership Research Paper

The student will write a 5–7-page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on presidential leadership in the context of U.S. Foreign Policy toward the Middle East. The paper must include at least 5 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Current Events Research Paper

The student will write a 5–7-page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on current events as outlined in the course. The paper must include at least 5 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Midterm Exam

The Midterm Exam will cover the Reading & Study material for Modules/Weeks 1–4. The exam will be open-book/open-notes and contain 2 essay questions with no time limit.