In this lesson series, students will become aware of the history of the Middle East, including U.S. policy interests in the region, the history of colonialism and military conflict, and the current issues that impact the political, social, cultural, religious, economic and diplomatic landscapes. Students will be encouraged to discuss their views on these topics, to think outside-of-the-box, and even to formulate their own policy solutions to some of the ongoing conflicts involved.

Particular attention will be paid to:

• Iraq

• Iran

• Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

• Sunni/Shiite Divide,

• Lebanon, Hezbollah and Israel (including the military conflict in 2006)

• The role of Saudi Arabia in the region

• Other key players – including (but not limited to) Syria, Egypt, the Arab League, and OPEC

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