People

The Kuwait Program at Sciences Po (KSP) builds a network of faculty and students sustaining intellectual exchange on topics related -but not limited to- the Arab World and the Gulf Region. Based in Paris, this network draws students and scholars from across the globe.

 

Eckart Woertz, Scientific Advisor of the Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po, 2016-2018

Dr Eckart Woertz is the Scientific Advisor of the Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po, based at the Paris School of International Affairs. The Kuwait Chair supports the development of teaching and research on the Arab World and the Gulf Region. Dr Eckart Woertz teaches courses at PSIA on "The Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa" (Fall 2016) and "Food Security in International Politics: the Middle East and Africa" (Spring 2017). 

Dr Eckart Woertz is also a senior researcher at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB). Formerly he was a visiting fellow at Princeton University, director of economic studies at the Gulf Research Center (GRC) in Dubai and worked for banks in Germany and the United Arab Emirates.

He is author of Oil for Food, The Global Food Crisis and the Middle East (Oxford University Press 2013) and editor of GCC Financial Markets: The World’s New Money Centers (Berlin: Gerlach Press 2012). His articles have been published in Globalizations, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Foreign Policy, Financial Times, The Handbook of Oil Politics and other edited volumes. He has been a commentator through international media outlets such as the BBC and Al Arabiya and has contributed to various policy papers.

He has consulted for international and regional organizations such as UNCTAD, the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Saudi Ministry of Economy and Planning. His research interests include food security, energy issues, economic diversification, sovereign wealth funds, and the impact of the global financial crisis on the GCC countries.

He holds a PhD in Economics from Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he conducted research about structural adjustment politics in Egypt. He can be followed on Twitter @eckartwoertz and at www.oilforfood.info

See Eckart Woertz faculty profile.

See Eckart Woertz's publications on ISIS Economy and on Food Security in Iraq

See Eckart Woertz's latest books on The Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the Middle East and North Africa (Routledge, 2016 ; co-edited with Martin Keulertz) and Reconfiguration of the Global South: Africa and Latin America and the 'Asian Century' (Routledge, 2016)

 

Sean Yom, Kuwait Program Visiting Professor, Spring 2017

Sean Yom is a Kuwait Program Visiting Professor at PSIA for the Spring 2017, teaching a course on "Foreign Policymaking in the Middle East : Regimes, Interests, and Survival."

Sean Yom is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Temple University in Philadelphia. His research broadly focuses on authoritarianism, democracy, and development in the Middle East and North Africa. He has published widely on post-colonial state formation, the dynamics of regime durability, and strategic implications for US foreign policy. He is the author of many publications including "From Resilience to Revolution: How Foreign Interventions Destabilize the Middle East" (Columbia University Press, 2015) and "The Government and Politics of the Middle East" (co-edited with with Mark Gasiorowski, 8th ed., Westview Press, 2016). He travels frequently to the Arab world, especially Morocco and Jordan. He received his Ph.D. at Harvard.

 

Lindsay Benstead, Kuwait Program Visiting Professor, Fall 2016

Lindsay Benstead was a Kuwait Program Visiting Professor at PSIA for the Fall 2016, teaching a course on “Government and Politics of North Africa”.

Lindsay J. Benstead is Associate Professor of Political Science in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, Contributing Scholar in the Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program at Rice University, and Affiliated Scholar in the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) at the University of Gothenburg and Yale University. Benstead has conducted surveys in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Jordan and contributes to the Transitional Governance Project. Her research has appeared in Perspectives on Politics, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Governance, and Foreign Affairs. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and served as a fellow at Yale University and Princeton University.

 

Daniel Brumberg, Kuwait Program Visiting Professor, Spring 2016

Dr Daniel Brumberg was a Kuwait Program Visiting Professor at PSIA for the Spring 2016, teaching a course on ‘Dynamics of Change and Conflict in the Middle East’.

Dr Brumberg is Co-Director of Democracy and Governance Studies at Georgetown University and  Special Adviser at  the United States Institute of Peace. Prior to coming to GU, he was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science at Emory University, a Visiting Fellow in the Middle East Program in the Jimmy Carter Center, and a Lecturer at  the University of Chicago's Social Science Masters Program. Dr Brumberg is the author of Reinventing Khomeini, The Struggle for Reform in Iran (University of Chicago Press), and the Co-Editor (with Dina Shehata) of Conflict, Identity and Reform in the Muslim World: Challenges for US Engagement(USIP Press). The author of numerous articles on political and social change in the Islamic world, Dr Brumberg has served as a consultant to the US Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development. His co-edited volume (with Farideh Farhi) Power and Political Change in Iran (Indiana University Press) is forthcoming. A Ph.D from the University of Chicago, he speaks French and Arabic and has lived, studied or worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. 

Daniel Brumberg Faculty Profile 

 

Hazem Kandil, Kuwait Program Visiting Professor, Fall 2015

Dr Hazem Kandil was a Kuwait Program Visiting Professor at PSIA for the Fall 2015, teaching a course on ‘Revolution and Resilience in the Middle East’.

Hazem Kandil is the Cambridge University Lecturer in Political Sociology and Fellow of St Catharine's College. He studies power relations in revolution and war, focusing on the Middle East, Western Europe, and North America. Following an MA (2004) in International Relations from the American University in Cairo, and an MA (2005) in Political Theory from New York University, he received his PhD (2012) in Political Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Soldiers, Spies, and Statesmen: Egypt's Road to Revolt (Verso 2012), Inside the Brotherhood (Polity 2014), and The Power Triangle: Military, Security, and Politics in Regime Change (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). He has published articles on revolution, warfare, and ideology in various academic journals and periodicals. Kandil received the 2014 Philip Leverhulme Prize, which funds his current projects on the development of the US war doctrine, and the relationship between conscription and democracy in France and Egypt.

Hazem Kandil Faculty Profile

 

Dina Waked, KFAS Assistant Professor, 2013-2015

Dr Dina Waked has been the KFAS Assistant Professor in Global Economic and Comparative Law at Sciences Po. She was jointly appointed by the Law School and the Paris School of International Affairs from 2013 to 2015.This position has been made possible with the financial support of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS).

Dr Dina Waked is a Harvard Law School graduate, where she obtained a Doctor of Judicial Sciences degree (SJD) in November 2012. She also holds a Master of Law (LLM) from Harvard Law School, and a Bachelor of Law from Cairo University, Faculty of Law. In addition, she obtained a BA in Economics from the American University in Cairo. Dr Waked’s research is concerned mainly with comparative public enforcement of economic laws in a globalized world. She has focused on global economic transformations of especially developing countries in response to public policy questions, legal enforcement, and various levels of state intervention intertwined with issues of development and growth. At Sciences Po, her research focuses on countries of the Arab world. 

Dr Dina Waked taught several courses: at the Undergraduate College (Menton Campus), the Law School and the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA).

Dina Waked Faculty profile.

 

Robert Springborg, Kuwait Program Visiting Professor, Fall 2014

Dr Robert Springborg was a Kuwait Program Visiting Professor at PSIA for the Fall 2014, teaching a course on ‘The Middle East in the Global Economy’.

Dr Springborg is Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London and non-resident Research Fellow of the Italian Institute of International Affairs. Until October 2013, he was Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School and Program Manager for the Middle East for the Center for Civil-Military Relations. From 2002 until 2008 he held the MBI Al Jaber Chair in Middle East Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, where he also served as Director of the London Middle East Institute. Before taking up that Chair he was Director of the American Research Center in Egypt. From 1973 until 1999 he taught in Australia, where he was University Professor of Middle East Politics at Macquarie University. He has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania and elsewhere. 

His publications include Mubarak’s Egypt: Fragmentation of the Political Order; Family Power and Politics in Egypt; Legislative Politics in the Arab World (co-authored with Abdo Baaklini and Guilain Denoeux); Globalization and the Politics of Development in the Middle East first and second editions, (co-authored with Clement M. Henry); Oil and Democracy in Iraq; Development Models in Muslim Contexts: Chinese, ‘Islamic’ and Neo-Liberal Alternatives and several editions of Politics in the Middle East (co-authored with James A. Bill). He co-edited a volume on popular culture and political identity in the Gulf that appeared in 2008. He has published in the leading Middle East journals and was the founder and regular editorialist for The Middle East in London, a monthly journal that commenced publication in 2003. He has worked as a consultant on Middle East governance and politics for the United States Agency for International Development, the US State Department, the UNDP, and various UK government departments, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Ministry of Defence and the Department for International Development. He has advised various intelligence organizations in the US. He has served as expert witness in courts in the UK and Australia on criminal, civil and immigration cases. 

He is a member and past President (1991), Australasian Middle East Studies Association; member of the National Advisory Committee of the Middle East Policy Council, Washington, D.C. 1997-; member of the Editorial Board of The Middle East in London, 2003-; member of the Editorial Board of the LMEI/SOAS Saqi Series on Contemporary Middle East Issues, 2005-; member of the Board of Trustees of the Committee for British Research in the Levant, 2005-; member of the Board of the British Society for Middle East Studies, 2004-; member of the Editorial Board of Foreign Policy Bulletin, 2005-; Member of the Board of Trustees, Arab-British Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 2007-; member of the Steering Committee of Il Vicino Oriente, September 2007-; member of the Editorial Board of the Routledge Series on the Political Economy of the Middle East, 2008-; and member of Phi Beta Kappa Epsilon of Minnesota, 2008.

Robert Springborg Faculty profile.

 

J.E. Peterson, Kuwait Program Visiting Professor, Spring 2014

Dr J.E. Peterson was a Kuwait Program Visiting Professor at PSIA for the Spring 2014. He taught a course on ‘Political and Social Change in the Arabian Peninsula’.

Dr Peterson is a historian and political analyst specializing in the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf. He received his PhD from the Johns Hopkins University SAIS, has worked at the Library of Congress and has previously taught at the following institutions in the USA: Bowdoin College, the College of William and Mary, the University of Pennsylvania and Portland State University. Dr Peterson has been a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (Philadelphia) and the Middle East Institute (Washington D.C) and an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington D.C.). He is affiliated with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona and served as the 2004 Sir William Luce Fellow at the University of Durham (UK). Until 1999, he served as the Historian of the Sultan's Armed Forces in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for Security and Defence in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, and he spent 2000-2001 at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. Among his many publications are: Saudi Arabia and the Illusion of Gulf Security (2002); Historical Dictionary of Saudi Arabia (2003); Defense and Regional Security in the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf States, 1973-2004 (2006); Oman's Insurgencies: The Sultanate's Struggle for Supremacy (2007); and Historical Muscat (2007).

J.E. Peterson Faculty profile.

 

Eckart Woertz, Kuwait Program Visiting Professor, Spring 2014

Dr Eckart Woertz was a Kuwait Program Visiting Professor at PSIA for the Spring 2014. He taught a course on ‘Food Security in International Politics: The Middle East and Africa’.