The essay should be 500+ words, single-spaced in a 12-point font, and conform to MLA or APA styles, including parenthetical citations and footnoted references. The essay should demonstrate understanding and thoughtful reflection on a topic that speaks to the mission of this course. That is, it should reflect your ability to place the topic into the context of daily life. Essays will be graded on the basis of content, clarity, and overall quality of work. These essays are the main component of this course.
Essay (500+ words):
The Greater Middle East/Gulf region is traditionally considered one of the most important geo-strategic areas of the world. Please briefly summarize the region’s global importance by answering the following prompts:
- Explain how the Greater Middle East/Gulf is shaped by its various regional geographies (Middle East vs. Gulf vs. North Africa, Fertile Crescent vs. deserts) and its geo-economic importance (oil vs. international trade routes or nomadism and agriculture vs. urbanism and industrialization).