Iran and Israel are anomalies in the Middle East'neither Arab nor Sunni Muslim. Moreover, both countries are viewed within the Middle East (and elsewhere) as threats to the wider region around them and obstacles to peace. The course begins with the idea that by concentrating on these two outlier states, students can better understand not only their internal political dynamics but also how their role in the Middle East influences the region as a whole. The course looks at the origins of Israeli and Iranian national identity (secular and religious), domestic institutions and politics, contemporary political developments and the relationship between Iran, Israel, the Middle East and the international system.
Prerequisites: PG 102.