Middle East Politics and World Affairs


Summer course in Middle East Politics & World Affairs (June 11-22, 2012)

The Lebanese American University offers an intensive two-week 3 credit hour summer course in Middle East Politics and World Affairs (POL421/INA814) at its Beirut Campus.

The course provides an ideal opportunity to examine relevant topics in the politics of the contemporary MENA region with particular reference to the following core thematic areas:

  • Introduction to the Politics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
  • The Expansion of Civil Society and Media Roles in Contemporary Transitions
  • The revisited paradigms of political transitions in the Region against the backdrop of the uprisings
  • Political Pragmatism of Islamists and liberals
  • Transformation of Political Economy
  • Comparative MENA country survey and analysis
  • International Relations of the Middle East

With a strong policy-oriented component, the course offers graduate and undergraduate international students the opportunity to:

  • Interact with prominent guest speakers, politicians, and diplomats from the Region
  • Visit local organizations, media and research centers
  • Participate in focus group meetings with local activists in various extracurricular activities.


Who can take the course?

  • Undergraduate students
  • Graduate students
  • Researchers on Middle East politics or international affairs

Class Time: Monday – Friday: 8:00 am -12:40 pm (June 11 – 22)
Cost: undergraduate course fees $1,569; graduate course fees $1,743
Student housing cost for the 2 weeks: $600 for single room; $450 for double room
Health insurance fees: to be announced
Students interested in acquiring or advancing their Arabic language skills may choose to continue their study on campus with the SINARC program throughout the following six weeks.

Eligibility requirements

  • Non-LAU students
  • Undergraduate student: at least at the junior level (2nd year), in good academic standing with introductory background in Political Science/International Affairs
  • Graduate student: in Political Science/International Affairs or related fields

Application process:

  • Applicants will apply online
  • When applying select the “Two weeks Summer program”
  • Deadline for applications is April 20, 2012
  • Application fees $50
  • Copies of supporting documents (see below) should be uploaded or e-mailed to the following address: admissions.beirut@lau.edu.lb

Original copies should be submitted at arrival, which is a requirement for issuing a transcript at the completion of the course.
Supporting documents:

  • A transcript from the home University.
  • Applicants coming from a university where English is not the language of instruction, are required to sit for the International TOEFL IBT and get a minimum score of 80.
  • A clear photocopy of the identity card or passport.
  • One passport size photo (digital)

Once you are accepted into the course, a non-refundable registration fee will be required by: May 6, 2012.

For further information you can contact:
Academic advisors:
Dr. Imad Salamey
Dr. Tamirace Fakhoury
Study Abroad Coordinator:
Dina Abdul Rahman

We look forward to hosting you this summer at the
Lebanese American University, Beirut!

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Nassef Manabilang Adiong

Nassef is the founder of Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort), PHISO (Philippine International Studies Organization), DSRN (Decolonial Studies Research Network), and BRLN (Bangsamoro Research and Legal Network). He works on interdisciplinary research between Islam and International Relations and explores the Bangsamoro society as he heads the Policy Research and Legal Services (PRLS) of the Bangsamoro Parliament. Visit https://nassef.info/ for more details.