Dr. Shafeeq Ghabra is the first president of the American University of Kuwait.
Most recently having been professor of political science and director of the Center of Strategic and Future Studies at Kuwait University, Ghabra has also served as director of the Kuwait Information Office in Washington D.C., and editor-in-chief of the “Journal of the Social Sciences” at Kuwait University. Dr. Ghabra writes weekly columns on political affairs for Kuwait’s daily “Al Ra’y Al Am”, Lebanon’s daily “Al Nahar”, “Al Sharq” of Qatar, and the U.A.E.’s “Al Bayan”.
Dr. Ghabra is a frequent lecturer on topics including Kuwait, Iraq, Arabian Gulf security and political issues, democratization in the Arab world, the Middle East peace process, Islamic affairs, Arab-Western relations, and the public opinions of Arabs and Americans vis-à-vis each other. He is a long-time advocate of democratic reform in the Middle East.