The Kuwait Program at Sciences Po is the fruit of 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 have supported 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.
Moreover the same period, Sciences Po’s School of International Affairs (PSIA) has hosted 11 semester-long visiting professors to Sciences Po ((Dr Nayef Al-Shammari, 2020; Dr Deborah Wheeler, 2020; 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 4 long-term visiting professorships for two-years each (Dr Eckart Woertz, 2015-2017; Dr Dina Waked, 2013-2015; Tamirace Fakhoury, 2020-2022; Pete W. Moore, 2020-2022).
Dr Stéphane Lacroix served as Scientific Advisor to the Kuwait Program. He is an Associate Professor at Sciences Po, researcher at CERI (Sciences Po, Center for International Studies), and Associate Researcher at the Center for Economic, Judicial, and Social Study and Documentation (CEDEJ) in Cairo, Egypt.
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.
This partnership has offered countless opportunities in the fields of research, teaching, and academic events, to students and faculty alike. As the program is coming to an end in 2021, we would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of the Kuwait Program at Sciences Po.