Comparative Politics of Middle East
Essaуs ( Chооse 1 questіon, 1-2 pages,)
1. Explain how the politics of recognition shaped the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. First, explain
what it means for one group to “recognize” the other. Then, give 3-5 historical examples where
recognition or a lack of recognition had a political effect in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. To
conclude, consider how we might move toward mutual recognition and whether such mutuality
would be desirable.
2. Is the Middle East doomed to see perpetual civil wars? To begin, define briefly what a civil
wars is. Then, explain to what extent you think colonialism is responsible for civil wars in the
MENA region. Next, support your argument by discussing three civil wars (Syria counts for the
purposes of this essay) and showing how colonialism shaped or did not shape those conflicts.
To conclude, consider whether the MENA region is doomed to see perpetual civil war.