War for the Greater Middle East

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Over thirty years ago, confident in the superiority of American military power, the United States set out to "fix" the Greater Middle East. Since that time, U.S. troops, covert operatives and proxies have engaged in costly exertions in predominantly Muslim societies everywhere from the Levant and the Persian Gulf to East Africa and Central Asia. With what result? Washington's efforts have exacted a terrible toll, squandering vast amounts of blood and treasure. In the meantime, the Islamic world has become less stable while anti-American radicalism flourishes. America’s War for the Greater Middle East has failed, and that failure is irreversible.

This course offers a history of that war, for better understanding of the factors that inspired the United States to launch the conflict and to persist in a doomed enterprise. Inviting you to learn how the war unfolded from one phase to the next, from the era of Jimmy Carter to the age of ...

Over thirty years ago, confident in the superiority of American military power, the United States set out to "fix" the Greater Middle East. Since that time, U.S. troops, covert operatives and proxies have engaged in costly exertions in predominantly Muslim societies everywhere from the Levant and the Persian Gulf to East Africa and Central Asia. With what result? Washington's efforts have exacted a terrible toll, squandering vast amounts of blood and treasure. In the meantime, the Islamic world has become less stable while anti-American radicalism flourishes. America’s War for the Greater Middle East has failed, and that failure is irreversible.

This course offers a history of that war, for better understanding of the factors that inspired the United States to launch the conflict and to persist in a doomed enterprise. Inviting you to learn how the war unfolded from one phase to the next, from the era of Jimmy Carter to the age of Barack Obama, it catalogs the errors of judgment and implementation made along the way. Finally, it encourages you to consider alternative approaches to policy that might have better served the interests of the United States and of the people living in countries invaded, occupied, bombed and otherwise subjected to American punishment.  

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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 5 months ago
This has been an excellent course on one of the most important issues of our time. Prof Bacevich covered a lot of material quickly and thoroughly. The course material was easy to digest because it was so well organized. In my opinion this is one of those courses that every North American should take.
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10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 9 months ago
For someone who was born and raised in the Middle East, this course presented events from a completely different perspective. I obviously disagreed with some elements presented here, yet was enlightened eitb many more. Certainly learned a lot, even found sone answers to mamy previoisly unanswered questions! Whether you are a ME expert, or a novice, this course will be an interesting, thought provoking experience!
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10/10 starsCompleted
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2 years, 10 months ago
Take this class. If you are interested in the politics of the region, Bacevich has a perspective you must hear.
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Claudia Flores

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 11 months ago
I was very impressed with the content of the course. Though it is about a subject that I am supposed to know well and I was doing it as a review I always found it reflecting and always learnt something new. It is an excellent synthesis of US foreign policy and a must for any one trying to understand the world today. The last session in particular was quite an insight. Thank you for offering such an amazing course. Hope an updated one is available soon!!
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10/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 1 month ago
A very good and informative looking at political events in the Middle East from a US policy standpoint. The lecturer promotes his view strongly - and as noted in another review- the scripted format makes the interjections from the interviewer contrived and stilted, and makes the lecturer come across as hectoring and patronising. (It should be noted that the lecturer's credentials to teach this topic are impeccable - see Wikipedia) Notwithstanding these criticisms, the argument and factual content of the course is very good. Compelling viewing.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 3 months ago
Brilliant! Professor Bacevich provides several historical details that are usually ignored when the topic is discussed in the media. I didn't contribute to the forums, but I enjoyed reading the discussions and staff made some great contributions.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 4 months ago
Thank you for this extremely useful and accessible course. I learned really a lot from it. I firmly believe we should thoroughly analyze the events that have brought us where we are now, to find the solution and this course really helps to understand the recent history and the present situation.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 4 months ago
Can't believe how much I learned from this class. Did not realize how heavily involved France and Britain were after the two wars. The US involvement was earlier and more extensive than I knew. Fascinating course that will definitely broaden your knowledge of the Middle East.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 4 months ago
All I can say is that I loved this course and that I've learned a lot. I'm hoping that professors Bacevich and Kukis teach more courses for edx.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 4 months ago
The course content was one that focused on the most relevant facts related to history. Professor Bachvich's ability to understand historical significance and relate it to present day circumstances was outstanding. The War of the Greater Middle East was a course that gave meaning to educational excellence!
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8/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 5 months ago
I found this course very interesting with a series of good stories, specially those related to 1979. Interviews were designed very good using prominent specialists in this field.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
Great course and each day's newspaper brings a new chapter to "War for the greater middle east". I particularly enjoyed TA Mark Kukis' daily interaction with the discussion boards.
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6/10 starsTaking Now
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4 years, 5 months ago
Decent overview of the topic but the professor reads from a prepared text and tries to simulate banter with another person but it just comes off as awkward. The professor also interjects his personal opinions and views way too often. I'd prefer he steer clear of this and just present the facts and let the viewer decide.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
Great course! Very intelligent appraisal of America's involvement in the Middle East and beyond. This should be required learning for every politician in the West! Now to read the books.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
Excellent course. Professor Bacevich is not only an academic but was a career soldier. The actions of the U.S. in the Middle East has got us where we are at today. The problem with ISIS was not caused due to an early pull out of troops. We crossed the Rubicon when we decide to invade that country.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 5 months ago
I had no previous experience with the subject of this course; however, I think prof. Bacevich does an amazing job at introducing us to this still very relevant conflict. He goes back as far as 1979
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 5 months ago
Highly informative, clear engaging presentation of the history of our US foreign policy in the Middle East that many are not aware of.
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 6 months ago
Hello from Hamburg, Germany. I hope to lern more about the future of the middle east by exploring the history of that part of the globe.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 7 months ago
I'm excited for this course! What a timely course of study with what is unfolding in the Middle East as we speak. It sounds like the professors have first hand knowledge of the subject from a couple of different perspectives. Thanks!
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7/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 7 months ago
hi I live in New Zealand ,looking forward to this course as the current events in the Middle East are unfolding rapidly.and moving closer to home.
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9/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 7 months ago
Hi, I live in Israel and I am eagerly awaiting beginning this course. I wonder how up to date the course will be,in view of the pace of events taking place in the Middle east
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 8 months ago
Interesting course title and I am really wondering if the GME dream really ended up, so hopefully this course will provide us the clues.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
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4 years, 8 months ago
Looking forward to enhancing my knowledge on an actual event that I personally participated in.  I, will update this review upon course completion.
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