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MILH669 - Arab-Israeli Conflict: Contemporary Politics & Diplomacy

Course Details

Course Code: MILH669 Course ID: 3468 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines the Middle East peace process surrounding the Arab-Israeli conflict and focuses on the historical perspectives, the roles of the various Middle Eastern countries in the process, Western intervention efforts, and the inherent successes and failures over the years. Purpose is to develop a comprehensive understanding of the background and history of conflict resolution, the hope for peace in the future, and the ability of the various nations to coexist.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

  • Analyze and explain developments in the Levant since the late 19th Century.
  • Analyze and critique the role of major powers and the UN in the birth of Israel.
  • Assess and elaborate on the turning points of the Arab-Israeli conflict in 1960s and 1970s.
  • Appraise and criticize peace processes of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
  • Research, construct, and present persuasive written analysis on the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Forums: Please join the forums each week. Students must post a reply to the weekly forum and reply to at least 2 other students for each Forum. This means that each week you should have 1 initial post and 2 responsive posts. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.


  • Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Thursday.
  • Initial responses should be no less than 250 words.
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Replies to classmates should be no less than 100 words.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
  • All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.

Assignments: You have two assignments for this class of at least 750 words. The first is an essay and the other is a book review. More details on these are found in the assignment area. The first essay is an intellectual exercise to make you consider what and where is the Middle East, and also why does it vary from country to country and person to person. Why most of this is meant to be opinion, I do expect you to use at least one source in the first assignment. The second is a book review of the Khalidi book. It is important to remember that a book review is a critical assessment of a book, and not just a book report.

Topic and Research Paper Proposal: You are required to submit a research topic, including a set of research questions. Select a research paper topic from Arab-Israeli Paper Topics. You can also choose your own. Submit it through the Assignment section. A research question is to direct your research. In other words, it is what you are examining. A research paper is not just a narrative but also attempts to demonstrate or argue a point. The research proposal should include not only your research question, but including a justified and annotated bibliography with a minimum of 5 sources, including at least one primary source. An annotated bibliography provides a brief description of the book. A justified bibliography also includes the reason why the particular source is useful for your topic.

Final Research Paper: The research paper is 3000-3500 words long (12-15 pages, not including the bibliography or title page. Be sure that it is in Chicago format. Internet sources are not acceptable unless they are from scholarly sources such as a journal database. The online library should have sufficient resources.

Final Exam: The essay exams give students a chance to show that they have learned the material. They are also a chance for students to practice their writing and reasoning skills on broader topics than those covered in the weekly discussions. No reading outside that assigned in class is required or expected. I will be looking for a clear knowledge of the facts as well as your own interpretation.

The grade scale for each of the evaluation is provided below.

Khalidi, Rashid. Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009. Also available through the Online Library.


Additional Resources

Marius, Richard. A Short Guide to Writing about History. NY: Longmans, 1999.

The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Turabian, Kate L. Manual for Writers of Term Papers, 7th Edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997. Purchase is highly recommended.

Turabian Citation Guide Online

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Department of History and Military History requires conformity with the traditional University of Chicago Style Manual and its Turabian offshoot. Citations will follow traditional endnote or footnote attribution. Do not use parenthetical (MLA) variation.

Copyright/Fair Use Notice: Electronic readings may be provided by way of licensed materials in the Online Library, but also in keeping with Fair Use exemptions for educational purposes under U.S. Copyright Law.

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address

The Middle East Research and Information Project

Six Day War

The Brookings Institute Arab-Israeli Relations Page

News sources on the Middle East

Copyright/Fair Use Notice: Electronic readings may be provided by way of licensed materials in the Online Library, but also in keeping with Fair Use exemptions for educational purposes under U.S. Copyright Law.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.