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This program addresses the comparative and international politics of the Gulf States, with emphasis on Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. It analyzes state formation, state-society relations, democratization, the rise of Islamism an
Location:
Kuwait, Kuwait
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

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Program Description:
This course addresses the comparative and international politics of the Gulf States, with emphasis on Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. It analyzes state formation, state-society relations, democratization, the rise of Islamism and regime stability, foreign and regional politics, and the politics of OPEC and issues pertaining to the rentier state. It also assesses the effects of oil on domestic politics and foreign policy, including the trade-offs of wealth for regional power and political continuity. Finally, it highlights pressures for political liberalization and growth in civil society.

This program addresses the comparative and international politics of the Gulf States, with emphasis on Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. It analyzes state formation, state-society relations, democratization, the rise of Islamism and regime stability, foreign and regional politics, and the politics of OPEC and issues pertaining to the rentier state. It also assesses the effects of oil on domestic politics and foreign policy, including the trade-offs of wealth for regional power and political continuity. Finally, it highlights pressures for political liberalization and growth in civil society.

The goal of this program is to provide an academically rigorous experience for students to learn about different cultural frames of reference, to provide structured opportunities to interact with students, policy makers and academics from the Gulf region, to engage students in primary research, and to connect learning to realities on the ground. Students will acquire intercultural knowledge through engagement with local citizens, understanding different perspectives and cultural traditions by means of shared experiences.
Setting Description:
Housing & Meals: Students will stay in hotel accommodations for the duration of their stay. Breakfast and lunch will be included in the program fee. Students should budget for their dinner costs. Activities, excursions and trips provided as part of the program include: City walking tour Ayam Zaman traditional tea Tour of Grand Mosque & presentation on Islam Dinner and tour of Old Souq Emir’s office and education exhibit American Mission Hospital & Al Sabah collection tour Walking tour of financial district Tour of Al Hamra Tower Al Anbaa newspaper tour and meeting with journalists Tour of American University of Kuwait Naif Al Mutawa at Soor Center, discussion of “The 99” AWARE Center meeting and discussion of US-Middle East relations Failaka Heritage Island tour Tour of Women’s Cultural & Social Society Kuwait Investment Authority, meeting with Director Sa’ad Meeting and dinner with Al Sabah family members Doha—Katara Cultural Village tour Dinner at Mamig traditional emirate restauran
Cost:
$5,932 (estimated cost)

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