The View from the GCC States: Moving from Allies to Partnership with the US

Washington, DC

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The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is pleased to present

"The View from the GCC States: Moving from Allies to Partnership with the US"

Professor Abdullah Al-Shayji

Chairman Political Science Department
Kuwait University


Dr. Abdullah K. Al-Shayji is Professor of International Relations and the Chairman of Political Science Department at Kuwait University. 

Dr. Al-Shayji has been awarded the prestigious Kuwait Advancement for Science Award for 2010 in the field of Social and Humanitarian Studies- the highest academic award in the State of Kuwait, recognizing the accumulative body of work in this field as a whole and in the Political Science field in particular. He received this prestigious award from His Highness the Emir of the State Of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. He is a specialist in the Arabian Gulf and US Politics and served as special advisor to the Speaker of the Kuwaiti Parliament and to its Foreign Relations Committee from 1992-1996. 

 Professor Al-Shayji acted as Counselor and Head of the Kuwaiti Information and Media Bureau at the Kuwaiti Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon from 2001-2004 and has lectured since 2005 at the Kuwaits’ Mubarak Alabdullah Joint Command and Staff College, offering lectures to SR. Amy Officers from Kuwait and 16 other countries. His lectures are on topics related to strategic and regional and international security issues, dealing with the GCC states, Iran, Iraq, security challenges, and crisis management. Dr. Al-Shayji is a lecturer at the Kuwaiti Diplomatic Institute- Ministry of Foreign Affairs- training new Kuwaiti Diplomats and interns in the Foreign Service. He has acted as a member of the Advisory Board of a committee in charge of drafting a comprehensive Kuwaiti National Strategy for the state of Kuwait in the Bureau of National Security of the Kuwait government.

 Dr. Al-Shayji is a founding and charter member of the Gulf Research Council Foundation- Geneva and holds a PH.D degree from the Government Department at the University of Texas, at Austin, in International Relations and Comparative Politics. He holds a Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Public Administration from Oklahoma State University.

 Dr. Al-Shayji’s publications include the book Kuwait Ceaseless Quest for Survival in a Hostile Environment” (in Arabic) and over 30 scholarly articles on Gulf security, political development, democratization, the Kuwaiti National Assembly, issues related to elections and the Kuwaiti parliamentary experience, democratization, and the external and internal factors affecting political reforms in the GCC states (in both Arabic and English). He has conducted studies on the US Strategy in the Gulf region, NATO initiatives and   Kuwait AND GCC-Iraq relations, and GCC-Iran relations.

Dr. Al-Shayji organized and led the first group of 12 Kuwaiti “Opinion-Makers” composed of leading academics, think tanks, and media personalities, which visited the NATO Head Quarters in Brussels on an invitation from NATO Public Diplomacy Division to discuss the Istanbul cooperation Initiative (ICI) with the GCC states.

He was the host and anchorman of a Weekly TV show aired on Kuwait TV on US presidential elections, "The Road to the White House," which aired from July 2008 until January 2009. Dr. Al-Shayji is a regular guest and analyst whose views have been aired in many news outlets and satellite TV networks in the Arab World and in the West. He is a columnist in Kuwaiti, GCC and Pan Arab newspapers.


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