This is a 2-credit topics course. Instructor's permission required. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. What caused the political upheaval that swept across the Middle East in 2011? How did political transitions unfold? How did the region respond to the forces these uprisings helped unleash, from intensified sectarian competition to the rise and fall of Islamist political parties? How did international actors, from the Gulf to Washington, respond? Through extensive readings and group discussion, this class will explore these and other issues surrounding the revolutions of 2011.