This course focuses on Iran and its relationship with its neighbors in the Persian Gulf and beyond. The course begins with an investigation of the emergence of modern Iran, including the development of the Iranian state and national identity. The course then focuses on the origins of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, looking at the impact of ideological and religious forces in the overthrow of the previous regime. This is followed by a discussion of how the Iranian Revolution affected regional politics, including the rise of political Islam and the use of terrorism as a political tool. Current political institutions and issues in Iran are also given attention, as well as the relationship between Iran and other actors, including Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the United States. The course concludes with an analysis of the prospects for political change in Iran.
Prerequisites: PG 102.