The aim of the course is to develop students’ expertise in the often-unique political life of particular regions and sub-regions. The course also seeks to complement and deepen their foreign language training and comprehension. The cluster of area-specific courses are: the Politics of West Africa with French or Swahili option; Politics of Southern/East Africa with Swahili option; Politics of Latin America with Spanish or Portuguese option; Politics of the Middle East with Arabic option; Politics of East Asia or the Pacific Rim with Japanese option; and Politics of the former Soviet Union with Russian option.