IR481 Half Unit Not available in 2012/13
Europe, the US and Arab-Israeli Relations
This information is for the 2012/13 session.
MSc Politics and Government in the European Union (Stream 2), MSc International Relations and MSc International Relations (Research), MSc International Relations Theory, MSc Theory and History of International Relations and LSE Sciences-Po Double Degree in European Studies. Also available to students taking MSc International Relations or MSc International Political Economy as part of the LSE-Sciences Po Double Degree in Affaires Internationales programme. Open to other interested students where degree regulations permit.
All students are required to obtain permission from the Teacher Responsible by completing the online application form linked to course selection on LSE for You. Admission is not guaranteed.
A knowledge of post-1945 world history of the European Union governance system and of Middle Eastern politics is required.
The course focuses on the foreign policy of the EU and of EU member states towards Arab-Israeli relations (with a special emphasis on Palestinian-Israeli relations), in comparison with the US foreign policy. The main focus will be on the European perspective, but it would be impossible to analyse this subject without taking into account the US position and, to some extent, Transatlantic relations. After an overview of Palestine during the British mandate, the course will cover the period from 1948 to nowadays with a particular emphasis on contemporary issues.
The British mandate on Palestine. The partition of Israel and the birth of Israel. Early support for Israel. The Suez crisis. The evolution of European and US policy towards Israel. The Global Mediterranean Policy. The 1973 war, the energy crisis and the Euro-Arab Dialogue. The Venice Declaration. The US and European contribution to the Arab-Israeli peace process in the 1990s. The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership and the Union for the Mediterranean. Regionalism as a policy. Democracy promotion in the Middle East. The Arab Spring and its consequences for Arab-Israeli relations.
10 weekly lectures (IR481), commencing in week 1 of LT, and 1 revision lecture in week 1 of ST; 10 weekly seminars, commencing in week 1 of the LT.
Two 2,000-word essays during the course, to be marked by seminar teachers. These do not count towards the final mark.
Students will be expected to read widely in appropriate books and journals. A detailed reading list will be provided at the beginning of the course. The following provide a general background to the topic: Fawcett, L. (2009) International Relations of the Middle East, Oxford: Oxford University Press; Lesch, David, ed. The Middle East and the United States. Boulder: Westview. 2007, 4th ed. Bicchi, Federica, European Foreign Policy Making toward the Mediterranean, New York: Palgrave, 2007. Nonneman, G. (1993) The Middle East and Europe. The Search for Stability and Integration, London: Federal Trust for Education and Research; Quandt, W.B. (1993) Peace Process. American Diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict Since 1967, Washington /Berkeley/Los Angeles: The Brookings Institution/University of California Press; Roberson, B.A. (1998) The Middle East and Europe. The Power Deficit, London/New York: Routledge; Sayigh, Y. and Shlaim, A. (1997) (eds), The Cold War and the Middle East, Oxford: Clarendon Press; Spiegel, Steven, The Other Arab-Israeli Conflict: Making America's Middle East Policy from Truman to Reagan, Chicago, 1985; Youngs, Robert, Europe and the Middle East. In the Shadow of September 11. Boulder/London: Lynne Rienner, 2006.
Unseen, two-hour written examination in the ST (100%). The normal length of the examination paper is eight questions, of which candidates are invited to answer any two.