This course changed my wording of the Middle East, for Example I will begin to insert the term Near East.
I feel that Near East is very important to help people understand the Middle East.
I recall when reading on the Middle East one book I read it was called the Modern Near East.
The security issues of the Near East are at the door step of Europe and US.
I do not think using the term Middle East in wrong but to complement when writing and speaking of the region to use Near East to prevent repetition.
Lastly the insecurity of the region is much near and closer then what western audiences think.