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.
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This Google Earth file is for use with a lesson published in The Middle East in Transition: Questions for U.S. Policy. The lesson is designed to help students explore how geography affects politics. Students use the information they gather with Google Earth to prepare for a simulation of a regional summit.
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This Powerpoint is for use with a lesson plan in The Middle East in Transition: Questions for U.S. Policy.
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Information on official U.S. policy on the Middle East.
Statistics about U.S. energy consumption, imports, production, etc.
Provides up-to-date articles, reports, and analyses of events in the region.
The Perry-Casteñada Map Collection at the University of Texas.
Provides news coverage of Middle East topics, interviews with leaders, expert analysis, maps, and other aids. Middle East page provides up-to-date articles, reports, and analyses of events in the region. Various "backgrounders" are particularly useful.
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.