This course will focus on the strategic global policies of oil and natural gas and its political, economic and social impact on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries specifically the Kuwait, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates. Course Topics will cover:
Overview of the global energy industry- companies and governments; markets and politics; and the position of the GCC within this industry
The global energy balance- present status, future trends (alternative energy & implications), and strategic responses from a GCC perspective
Resource nationalism and market power (I)- OPEC and the challenges
Resource nationalism and market power (II)- The GCC, Iran, Iraq, and the future of hydrocarbon production in the Arabian Gulf
The impact of oil boom on the political economies of the GCC- the political economy through its transition from rentierism to developmentalism.
The social dimension and impact of the oil boom in the GCC
Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CONF) CONF 397: Study Abroad Special Topics- Global Politics of Oil
Economics (ECON) 492: Study Abroad in Oman and the UAE
Global Affairs (GLOA) 480: Study Abroad in Oman and the UAE
Government (GOVT) 398: Study Abroad in Oman and the UAE
Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CONF) 695: Selected Topics- Global Politics of Oil
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.