This course examines the history, national interests, policy objectives, and outcomes of US engagement in the Middle East from World War I to the present. The course examines the international environment, regional issues, and the policies and tools used to protect and advance US national interests. Episodes of US intervention are examined, as are current issues and challenges for US foreign policy in the region. This course is suitable for students seeking to broaden their understanding of US foreign policy in the context of the contemporary history, regional dynamics, and international relations of the Middle East. Students will strengthen their research, analytic, writing, and briefing skills through class discussions, writing high quality papers, and preparing and presenting a briefing. The course is conducted as an interactive graduate seminar.