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The Middle East in Transition: Questions for U.S. Policy analyzes the mix of interests and values that have drawn the United States into the region. This unit asks students to consider the principles behind the U.S. presence in the Middle East and consider the effect of the Arab Spring on the U.S. role in the Middle East.

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Choices Leadership Institute

The Middle East in Transition
Brown University | Providence, RI
July 13-17, 2015

Application Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2015.

Syrian refugees | Iraq | ISIS | Iran’s nuclear policy

No other region of the world looms larger on the U.S. foreign policy agenda than the Middle East. The 2011 Arab uprisings have shaken up the social and political landscape of the region. What role should the U.S. play in the region? What can be learned from past U.S. involvement to improve relations between the United States and the Middle East in the future?

Join the Choices Program and scholars from the Watson Institute for International Studies at the 2015 Choices Leadership Institute to examine these complex issues. Scholar presentations will investigate both the recent history of the Middle East and multiple perspectives on current U.S. policy towards the region. Participants will examine instructional strategies for engaging secondary students in the study of contested international issues, share best practices with other dedicated and innovative teachers, and explore plans for conducting effective professional development.


Participants are responsible for a $195 institute fee (payable upon acceptance), housing, and some meals.


Application Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2015.

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