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DHP D265: The Globalization of Central Eurasia: Energy, Politics, and Culture

Course Description

This course will examine the "Strategic Ellipse", which includes Russia, Central Asia, South Asia, Southwest Asia, the Arabian/Persian Gulf, East Africa, and the Indian Ocean. This crucial region comprises approximately 70% of the world's proven oil and gas reserves. It is also host to some of the world's most pressing security problems. We will analyze the impact of globalization and modernization on the cultures and politics of the countries in this region and their effect on global energy security. This course will provide in-depth knowledge of ethnic and sectarian violence, modern educational change, social and cultural reaction to radical urbanization, creation of a modern legal system, transfer of modern technology, and foreign policies of major state and non-state powers.