students will write a ﬁnal 15-page research paper at the end of the term, upon a topic of their choosing with the approval of the instructor (40%). A 2-page topic proposal for this paper will be due upon by the eighth week. Workload : Approximately 100-150 pages of reading weekly. Pedagogical method : The class requires participatory discussion, with minimal lecturing by the instructor. Course Description : This graduate seminar analyzes the origins and process of foreign policymaking amongst the political regimes of the Middle East and North Africa, focusing primarily on the Arab states. It frames the MENA region as a distinctive regional system, one where domestic forces profoundly shape (and are shaped by) regional order and global constraints. In essence, it links international relations with comparative politics. Among the topics covered will be postcolonial state formation ; the dynamics of authoritarianism ; the diffusion of ideas and identity ; the effects of economic (under)development ; regional organizations like the Arab League ; and the impact of great powers, such as the US and China. This reading-intensive graduate seminar will teach students about the dynamics of foreign policymaking within the states of the Middle East and North Africa. By the end of this seminar, students will possess basic theoretical proﬁciency in debates about the origins and articulation of foreign policies within the MENA region, as well as enough empirical knowledge about speciﬁc countries to contribute to those debates. This class provides a rigorous theoretical foundation in understanding the construction and articulation of foreign policy in the MENA region, as it relates to the interests, identities, and survival of national political regimes. It will also offer a broad empirical sweep of the region, interrogating case studies of speciﬁc countries like Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Iran to highlight the actors and processes that generate complex policy outcomes. Required reading : Louise Fawcett, ed., International Relations of the Middle East, Fourth Ed. (Oxford University Press, 2016) ; Raymond Hinnebusch and Anoushiravan Ehteshami, eds., The Foreign Policies of Middle East States, Second Ed. (Boulder : Lynne Rienner, 2014).
FROM AIDS TO ZIKA : ECONOMIC AND FINANCING CHALLENGES FOR THE GLOBAL HEALTH
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English ; French
Teachers : Joseph BRUNET JAILLY (Economiste, ancien doyen de la faculté des sciences économiques d'Aix-en-Provence), Mead OVER (Enseignant Chercheur), Marion PACLOT (Consultante). Prerequisite : Some acquaintance with using formulas in Excel required, experience with Stata highly recommended but not required. Courses will be taught in English and French Pedagogical format : Seminar Course validation : With respect to a single selected African country, students will write a paper applying course concepts and methods to describe the sources of health ﬁnancing in the country by source and health objective and to analyze its alignment with 2030 sustainable development goals. Using a provided Stata package, the student will project the future ﬁscal burden of AIDS treatment and propose how the country and its donors might structure spending to : i) approach universal health coverage ; ii) achieve an “AIDS transition” ; and iii) protect against future possible outbreaks of Ebola or other dangerous infectious diseases. Workload : In addition to the professors' class presentations, students will read papers that apply the methods discussed in class to African health problems and are useful references for their papers. Approximately 3 hours per week. A teaching assistant will help students to use Stata (optional supplementary workshops, schedule to be discussed with students). Course Description : First AIDS and now Ebola have shocked the international policy community into a realization that communicable diseases remain a menacing threat not just to the poorest countries, but to the entire wor