Tarek Masoud Photo

Tarek Masoud

Appointment
Professor of Public Policy and Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations
Office Address
124 Mount Auburn St. 200N-246
617-496-3036
DPI-442M

How can societies move from poverty to prosperity? How can weak, stagnant, and dependent countries become strong, innovative, and influential? Is it simply a matter of adopting institutions and practices employed by developed societies? Or is a deeper transformation of social, cultural, and even religious norms required? What is the role of leadership in effecting (or inhibiting) what needs to be done for states and their peoples to maximize their potentials? This for-credit module explores these questions in one of the world’s most dynamic regions: the Arab Middle East.

Throughout the Arab world, national leaders have declared a commitment to the remaking of their societies. National reform projects such as the United Arab Emirates’ “Vision 2021,” Saudi Arabia’s and Egypt’s “Vision[s] 2030,” and Oman’s “Vision 2040,” speak to a region-wide dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs, and an urgent impulse to change it. The module, which will take place in the United Arab Emirates, with (planned) forays into Egypt and Saudi Arabia, will enable students will explore these reform efforts firsthand, to place them into their broader global and historical context, and to assess their futures. Through a combination of site visits, lectures by local scholars, and opportunities for engagement with policymakers and practitioners, participants in the course will emerge with a deeper understanding of the forces shaping the Arab region, and opportunities for, and obstacles to, modernization in the developing world more broadly.

Entry into the course is by application (available here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScu2a3EmWqM61VhUfqvyrlLlcknVxZxqlFJil31TDLGMnvGmw/viewform?usp=sf_link)

Applications are due by Friday, October 4th at 10:00am.  Interviews will be held October 16-17. 

Preference will be given to students who successfully completed DPI 101I or DPI-440.

The location for January 2020 is tentatively planned in the United Arab Emirates and will possibly include Egypt (subject to change). Final locations will be confirmed in November. While most costs are covered by the Middle East Initiative, students will be responsible for meals and incidentals. Entry into the course is by application (available here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScu2a3EmWqM61VhUfqvyrlLlcknVxZxqlFJil31TDLGMnvGmw/viewform?usp=sf_link). Applications are due by Friday, October 4th at 10:00am.  Interviews will be held October 16-17.  Preference will be given to students who successfully completed DPI 101I or DPI-440. Please note, there is a mandatory pre-departure session in early November (date to be posted by mid-October).