Frédéric Mion, Director of Sciences Po and Dr Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Director General of KFAS ©Thomas Arrivé / Sciences Po

The Kuwait Program at Sciences Po is a longstanding partnership between the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) and Sciences Po. KFAS is a private non-profit organization dedicated to supporting progress and advancement of science and technology.

Working together, the two institutions support a range of initiatives in the fields of research, teaching and academic events, with special emphasis on the study of the Arab World and Gulf region.

Since 2012, the KFAS-Sciences Po partnership has provided financial aid through excellence scholarships for students, and over 75 leading student papers from Kuwait and Sciences Po have been awarded the Kuwait Program’s Student Paper Award for their talented work and research.

Over the same period, Sciences Po’s School of International Affairs (PSIA) has hosted 9 semester-long visiting professors to Sciences Po (Dr Philippe Fargues, 2019; Dr Khalid Almezaini, 2018; Dr Sean Yom, 2017; Dr Lindsay Benstead, 2016; Dr Daniel Brumberg, 2016; Dr Hazem Kandil, 2015; Dr Robert Springborg, 2014; Dr John E. Peterson, 2014; Dr Eckart Woertz, 2014), in addition to 2 long-term visiting professorships for two-years each (Dr Eckart Woertz, 2015-2017; Dr Dina Waked, 2013-2015).

Since 2014, the Program has hosted 4 major conferences at Sciences Po, “Europe and the Middle East & North Africa: Building Bridges, Mapping the Future” (2018), ‘“Wise Cities” in the Mediterranean? The Challenge of Environmental and Social Sustainability’ (2018), “Crisis and Conflict in the Agrarian World: An Evolving Dialectic” (2017) and “Whither the Arab World? Revisiting Democratic Transition Theory” (2014).

Following a successful ten-year agreement, the partnership was renewed for five years (2017-2022) and included a new “series of events” for Sciences Po faculty and visiting professors to present in Kuwait.

Since December 2017, 6 lectures have been hosted in Kuwait, at KFAS, the American University of Kuwait (AUK), Gulf University of Science and Technology (GUST), French Center for Archaeology and Social Sciences (CEFAS), Kuwait Economic Society, and Dar al Athar al Islamiyyah, with presentations given by Dr Eckart Woertz “Globalization, integration and peripheralization in the Middle East and North Africa” (2017), Dr Khalid Al-Mezaini “The Politics of Foreign Aid”, 2018, Dr Julia Cagé “Rethinking Governance and Funding of High-Quality News in the Digital Age” (2018), Dr Eric Verdeil “Urban Energy Governance in Arab Cities” (2018), Dr Benoît Pelopidas “Scoping Future Nuclear Worlds” (2019) and Dr Philippe Fargues “Shaping Smart Societies: How Migration and Education Policies Meet in the Gulf States” (2019).

In September 2019, a 1-year joint-research project began between Sciences Po’s Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP) and the Kuwait Public Policy Centre (KPPC) to research social policy systems in Kuwait.

More information on our new agreement can can be found in the press release (PDF, 99 Ko).

The Kuwait Program spans across Sciences Po’s 7 schools, and is managed under the International Affairs Division.