Supplemental Materials

The Middle East in Transition: Questions for U.S. Policy

The Middle East in Transition: Questions for U.S. Policy draws students into the U.S. policy debate on one of the world's most volatile regions. Students examine the Arab-Israeli conflict, the role of oil in geopolitics, the Arab Spring, the significance of the Iranian Revolution, and other historical issues that have shaped U.S. relations in the region.

Online Resources From the Choices Program

Scholars Online

Bring university scholars into your classroom with videos of top scholars answering specific questions in their fields of expertise.

Graphic Organizers

The Political Geography of the Middle East

This Powerpoint is for use with a lesson plan in The Middle East in Transition: Questions for U.S. Policy.

Maps of the Middle East

This PowerPoint includes all of the maps in the readings of The Middle East in Transition: Questions for U.S. Policy.

Online Lessons—The Arab Spring

Choices has released five free Teaching with the News lessons addressing the Arab Spring. Check back for new lessons.

The Egyptian Revolution: An Interactive Timeline

In this lesson students review an interactive timeline of events in Egypt over the past three years and identify core themes of Egyptian protest movements.

Web Links

Brown University Library

An excellent source of internet resources on the Arab Spring.

U.S. Department of State

Information on official U.S. policy on the Middle East.

U.S. Energy Information Administration

Statistics about U.S. energy consumption, imports, production, etc.

Council on Foreign Relations

Provides up-to-date articles, reports, and analyses of events in the region.

Maps of the Middle East

The Perry-Casteñada Map Collection at the University of Texas.


Cleveland, William L., and Bunton, Martin. A History of the Modern Middle East, Fourth Edition (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2008). 640 pages.

Gause, F. Gregory. The International Relations of the Persian Gulf (Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010). 258 pages.

Jones, Toby Craig. Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Shaped Modern Saudi Arabia (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010). 321 pages.

Lacquer, Walter and Rubin, Barry. The Israel-Arab Reader: A Documentary History of the Middle East Conflict, Seventh Edition. (New York: Penguin Books, 2008). 626 pages.

Quandt, William B. Peace Process: American Diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict since 1967, Revised Edition. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001). 488 pages.

Rosen, Nir. Aftermath: Following the Bloodshed of America's Wars in the Muslim World. (New York: Nation Books, 2010). 610 pages.

Yergin, Daniel. The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991). 877 pages.

Views from the Middle East Using Google Earth

Download SUMMIT.KMZ for use with the lesson Using Google Earth-Views from the Middle East from previous editions of Shifting Sands Balancing the U.S. Interest in the Middle East.