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Fulbright Scholar Dr. Faisal Al-Rfouh to present 'The Importance of Solving the Arab-Israeli Conflict' March 16

March 11, 2010 -- Arkansas State University-Jonesboro’s Middle East Studies Committee will sponsor a free lecture by Dr. Faisal Al-Rfouh, Fulbright Scholar and former Jordanian Minister of Culture on Tuesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. at the Delta Center for Economic Development, 316 University Loop West, Jonesboro. Dr. Al-Rfouh will speak on “The Importance of Solving the Arab-Israeli Conflict." Dr. Al-Rfouh will be on campus Monday-Wednesday, March 15-17.

Dr. Al-Rfouh was awarded his PhD in International Relations in 1986 from Meerut University, Meerut, India. He earned both his Mphil (Master of Philosophy) in 1983 and his MA in Political Science in 1982 from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. He earned his BA in Political Science in 1979 from Baghdad University, Baghdad, Iraq. He is currently pursuing post-doctoral research in International Relations at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Mich., where he is a Fulbright Scholar.

Dr. Al-Rfouh has held many political offices and is well-known as an academic. He has served Jordan as that country’s Acting Minister of Health and its Acting Minister of Labour. He has served as Jordan’s Minister of Social Development and as its Minister of Administrative Development, and as Jordan’s Minister of Culture.

In his academic career, Dr. Al-Rfouh is a visiting professor in the Department of Political Science, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and a visiting Fellow, The Center for International Governance Innovation, (CIGI), Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He is a member of the Trustee Board of Al-Qadesieh College, in Amman, Jordan, and served as chairman of the Department of Political Science at the University of Jordan, Amman from 2007-2009. He served as vice dean for Development at the University of Jordan from 2005-2007, and currently serves on the editorial board of the Democracy and Security Journal, published by Taylor and Francis Group.

He is the author of numerous books and articles on foreign policy theory, globalization, the culture of peace, the role of NGOs, the role of political Islam, and more.

For more information, contact Dr. Gil Fowler (, associate dean for the Honors College, at (870) 972-2308.


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