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Energy Security

In this lesson students will examine the concepts of energy security and energy independence.  Students will apply their knowledge in either a debate of the different U.S. presidential candidate’s perspectives on the issues or in a research report and powerpoint presentation of how different countries deal with the issue of energy security.

U.S. Foreign Policy Interests in the Middle East

In this unit, students will explore U.S. interests in the Middle East. How have U.S. policymakers traditionally defined American interests in this volatile region? Which interests have remained constant, and which interests have changed? To what extent has the U.S. been successful in satisfying these interests? In what ways ought we assess (and reassess) current U.S. policies? How is the U.S. perceived in the region and what, if anything, can be done to improve America’s image?

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