Shafeeq Ghabra is a Professor of Political Science at Kuwait University. He is now a Visiting Scholar at the Arab Centre, Doha, Qatar. From 1996 to 1999 he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Social Sciences at Kuwait University. He served as Kuwait University Chair of the Committee for Faculty Promotions and Appointments in the Humanities and Social Sciences 2011-2013. Dr Ghabra has been a Visiting Professor at The College of William and Mary and a Visiting Scholar at George Mason University’s Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Denver.
His most recent books include: Kuwait and the Dynamics of State and Society (2011) and Unsafe Life: The Generation of Dreams and Disappointments (2012). Ghabra is now working on the translation of two of his books, Palestinians in Kuwait (which appeared originally in English), and Unsafe Life (which appeared originally in Arabic in 2012). Ghabra writes weekly columns in Alhayat Daily.
Ghabra frequently speaks on Islam and the West, liberalism, the existing changes and revolutions in the Arab world, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and Kuwait. Dr Ghabra has participated in interviews and debates on American, European, Canadian and Arab television and radio broadcast programs. Broadcasters include CNN, National Public Radio, Fox News, Hannity and Colmes, the BBC, The Voice of America, AlJazeera, among others.
Ghabra has lectured in many places around the world. These include US Congress, Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Policy Research Institute, Carnegie Middle East Centre, among others. He has given keynotes and spoken widely in Japan, Paris, the UK and in the Arab world on reform change and the challenges facing the Arab world.