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 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.

Online Resources From the Choices Program

Graphic Organizers

Videos featuring experts—professors, policy makers, journalists, activists, and artists—answering questions that complement the readings and lessons.

Powerpoint of Images
For use with the "Looking at the Middle East" activity.

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 Lesson—The Partition of Palestine
Students tackle the difficult task of partitioning Palestine in 1947 using contemporaneous data.

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.

More Online Lessons—The Middle East
Choices has released more than a dozen free Teaching with the News lessons addressing events in the Middle East including ISIS, Syria’s civil war, and the Iraqi refugee crisis.

Graffiti in Egypt's Revolution

Videos for "Graffiti in Egypt’s Revolution"

Why is the graffiti important?

How does it relate to other events in Egypt?

What is happening in this video?

PowerPoint: Graffiti as Protest in Cairo

Web Links

Brown University Library
An excellent source of internet resources on the Arab Spring.

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.

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.


Bowen, Donna Lee, Evelyn A. Early, and Becky Schulthies, eds. Everyday Life in the Muslim Middle East (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2014). 504 pages.

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

Dodge, Toby and Emile Hokayem, eds. Middle East Security, the US Pivot and the Rise of ISIS (London: International Institute for Strategic Studies, 2014). 216 pages.

Fernea, Elizabeth Warnock. Remembering Childhood in the Middle East (Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2002). 365 pages.

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

Lynch, Marc, ed. The Arab Uprisings Explained: New Contentious Politics in the Middle East (New York: Columbia University Press, 2014). 352 pages.

Wright, Lawrence. Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat At Camp David (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014). 245 pages.

Wright, Robin B. Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2011). 307 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.