The Middle East: Questions for U.S. Policy draws students into the U.S. policy debate on one of the world’s most important regions. Students examine the role of oil in geopolitics, the issues between Israel and the Palestinians, the significance of the Iranian Revolution, and other historical issues that have shaped U.S. relations in the region.
Implementing The Middle East: Questions for U.S. Policy
The goals of the program are to provide:
- An overview of Choices inquiry-based approach for teaching about contested international issues from multiple perspectives;
- An introduction to the Choices Program’s curricular materials for teaching about the complexity of the Middle East region, with a focus on the new The Middle East: Questions for U.S. Policy unit; and
- Practical ways to adapt Choices materials to diverse classroom settings.
This is a hands-on, interactive program. Participants will be asked to engage in activities, contribute to discussions, and lead small group presentations. There will be two content presentations by scholars:
Dr. Alex Winder will be speaking on the history of Jerusalem, and the political implications of the Trump Administration’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy there.
Dr. Peter Krause will provide an update on the war in Syria.
Prerequisite: Participants will be asked to read The Middle East: Questions for U.S. Policy unit before attending. A pdf copy of the unit will be emailed upon registration.
The Middle East: Questions for U.S. Policy unit (copyright December 2017) and one of the following Choices units (participant’s choice) Iraq, Turkey, Iran, or Afghanistan. Lunch each day, parking, and a certificate of attendance will also be provided.
Educators who cover the Middle East region from either a historical perspective or from a current issues perspective are the main audience. Materials are appropriate for a high school or introductory college-level audience. Humanities teachers often use our materials and are encouraged to attend.