Interview with Dr. Shafiq Al-Ghabra, Former President of the American University of Kuwait – By Sami Shammas

Dr. Shafeeq N. Al-Ghabra is a professor of political science at Kuwait University, where he has directed the Center of Strategic and Future Studies, and was the founding president of the American University of Kuwait (2003-2006). He gained a PhD in government from the University of Texas in Austin in 1987 and has also served as director of the Kuwait Information Office in Washington, DC. Author of five books and numerous articles and papers, Dr Ghabra received Kuwait’s highest award for scientific research in the humanities and social sciences from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences. Dr Ghabra is a frequent lecturer on topics including Middle East security and politics, the peace process and Arab-Western relations. He is a long-time advocate of democratic reform in the Middle East. His books include Palestinians in Kuwait: The Family and the Politics of Survival named outstanding academic book of 1989 by Choice magazine and Kuwait, a study of the dynamics of state and society. He has also published studies of American-style education in Arab countries and US-Kuwaiti relations. He is currently working on his sixth book, on the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Sami Shammas, Fletcher MALD 2010, is a second- year student concentrating in Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization and International Negotiation & Conflict Resolution. Prior to Fletcher, Sami studied international relations at Tufts University. 

 

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