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Kuwaiti Political Scientist Will Speak at Davidson on Democracy in the Arab World

November 7, 2001
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

Shafeeq Ghabra, Director of the Kuwait Information Office in Washington, D.C., will give a talk at Davidson College on "Democracy in the Arab World" on Monday, November 12.

The free, public lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in the C. Shaw Smith 900 Room of the Alvarez College Union, and is sponsored by the Dean Rusk Program in International Studies.

Perhaps Kuwait's most prominent and vocal diplomat in North America, Ghabra has been the Director of the Kuwait Information Office since August 1998. He was recently quoted in a New York Times column. Click here for the full story.

As the main informational and lobbying arm of the Kuwaiti government in the US, the Kuwait Information Office is responsible for providing North America with current information about Kuwait, its history, culture, business atmosphere, and political scene.

Ghabra, also a professor of political science at Kuwait University, is the former editor-in-chief of Kuwait's Journal of the Social Sciences and is the author of weekly columns on political affairs for daily newspapers in Kuwait and Lebanon. A long-time advocate of democratic reform in the Middle East, he is the recipient of Kuwait's highest award for scientific research in the humanities and social sciences from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences.

His books include Palestinians in Kuwait: The Family and Politics of Survival, which was named outstanding academic book of 1989 by Choice, and Israel and Arabs: from the Conflict of Issues to the Peace of Interests. He holds a Ph.D. in government from the University of Texas and an M.A. in political science from Purdue University.

Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,600 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Davidson is currently engaged in "Let Learning Be Cherished," a $250 million campaign in support of student financial assistance, academic resources, and community life.

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