Mehran Kamrava is Professor and Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar.
Prof. Kamrava holds a PhD (1989) in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor Degree (1984) in Political Science and History from the California State University Northridge. He is the author of a number of journal articles and books, including, most recently: Qatar: Small State, Big Politics; The Modern Middle East: A Political History since the First World War, 3rd ed.; and Iran's Intellectual Revolution.
His edited books include The International Politics of the Persian Gulf; Innovation in Islam: Traditions and Contributions; The Political Economy of the Persian Gulf; and The Nuclear Question in the Middle East.
The Persian Gulf in the international context
This course offers an in-depth overview of the international relations of the Persian Gulf, looking at bilateral and multilateral relations that have characterized the region. Some of the main topics examined include the foreign policies of key regional actors, namely Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Oman; the history and dynamics of foreign intervention in the region, namely by Britain, the United States, and more recently the European Union, and the changing dynamics of regional policy as characterized by the foreign policies of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
In particular, the course examines the evolution and practice of international relations in the Persian Gulf region by regional powers such as Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf Cooperation Council, as well as extra-regional powers such as the United States and the Britain, as well as such non-state actors as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.