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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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The modern Middle East continues to have the power to capture our attention at almost every turn. Yet why does it look as it does today, so frequently turbulent, contradictory and defiant of explanation? 

This course looks at key issues including religion, geography, external interventions, resources, and politics to illustrate the highly complex tapestry of history, dynamics and peoples. It offers a modern historical overview of the geopolitics of the region since World War I through World War II, the Cold War, and the American unipolar moment, concluding with an assessment of the Arab Uprisings and their impact on the larger region. Attention will be given to specific issues, including the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the establishment of Israel, and the rise of Arab nationalism.

This course is taught by Rupert Wallace

Please note that this course will be studied remotely



Virtual Classroom

This course takes place online using the teleconferencing software ZOOM.

If you have any queries about the software or accessing the course, please email the Professional Studies Short Courses team:

Course dates

09 Nov 2020 to 12 Nov 2020

Course duration

2-3 days

Apply by

04 Nov 2020

Course fee


Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Virtual Classroom
(via Zoom or equivalent)

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