A research paper (1500 to 2500 words). For this report you can select one of the following options: 1) Focus on an economic issue in a single MENA country, 2) Focus on investigating an economic issue across several MENA countries. Some typical examples of suitable topics for this project are:
A) Status of women’s employment in Egypt, Jordan and Israel, B) A comparison of government spending on education in Iran and Turkey, C) Development of Iraq’s oil industry after the 2003 U.S. Occupation and D) China’s economic relations with MENA countries since 2000. Term paper topic suggestion: Study the political system of the country that you have chosen for country analysis based on the concepts that have been discussed in this chapter. (Key political players, level of political stability and freedom, ethnic tensions, structure of the elections and the national parliament, division of power,…..) This will also be a good preparation for your country analysis report. I expect you to be able to discuss the current political structure of your country and how it has evolved in the past two decades. The second half of the class will be devoted to discussion of specific countries with your active participation.