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Current Issues in the Middle East (SR)

Course number : LIR138   ID : 20951    Section Number : 1
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Join us, virtually, for one of the longest running and most popular courses in the ILR program …

“Current Issues in the Middle East”. Who would have imagined that “Current Issues in the Middle East” would be a welcome diversion from the unprecedented international and domestic crises that have raged for much of 2020? While no country, including those in the Middle East, has escaped the wrath of COVID19, each nation has dealt with the pandemic in different ways – and with varying results. As the virus has encircled the globe, its effects on traditional behaviors, economic welfare, and development projects have been sweeping and profound. In the fall of 2020, the Middle East, as we knew it, is a different place. Amidst the disruptions caused by a world-wide health emergency, the combined effect of the collapse in oil pricing and reduction in production threatens to undermine the decades-old social contract between national leaders and their young, increasingly restive, citizens. While some states teeter on the brink of economic and political collapse, the stability of others are threatened by alarming humanitarian issues – hunger, poverty and the erosion of civil rights. Meanwhile, the eyes of the world are riveted on the US presidential election on November 3. While recent administrations have “pivoted” toward redefining American leadership abroad, seeking to distance themselves from traditional alliances and policies, the peoples of the Middle East (and elsewhere) continue to view US leadership as critical to maintaining international order. What policies and priorities are the next “leader of the free world” likely to adopt? This course will discuss the latest news concerning one of the most vitally-important regions on earth, highlighting current issues and concerns, framing them in a historical context, identifying key players, and analyzing their impact, both at home and abroad. Please note that there are no prerequisites for this course. All that is expected is an interest in international affairs, a commitment to learning, and a desire to learn about one of the most fascinating regions of the world.

Class Details

3 Sessions
Weekly - Tue


Funsch,Linda P 



Please read:  This Structured Remote Course is entirely online. The course meets as a real-time online session during the scheduled class time. This course is offered in an online format only. Students must be able to access the course from your own computer/tablet using a link that will be emailed at least one business day prior to the course start. FCC will not be able to provide individual technical support to students during the class sessions. Should you experience difficulties and not be able to access the course, please contact the program office. Only students who have paid the course fee and are officially on the class roster, may join the online class session.

In County 

Price: $10.00

In State 

Price: $15.00

Out of State Price 


Registration Closes On
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 11:59 PM



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
11/10/2020 - 11/24/2020 Weekly - Tue 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM N/A - Online Funsch,Linda P