Edmund Ghareeb

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A photo of Edmund Ghareeb taken in 2010.
Edmund Ghareeb

Edmund Ghareeb (born March 26, 1942 in Aita al-Foukhar; Arabic: إدموند غريب‎) is a Lebanese-American scholar at the American University in Washington[1] and a professor at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.[2] He earned a BA from the American International College and an MA and a PhD from Georgetown University.[3]

Edmund Ghareeb is the first Mustafa Barzani Distinguished Scholar in Global Kurdish Studies at the American University in Washington, D.C., and introduced the first regular courses to be taught in the US on Kurdish history, politics and culture. For several years he coordinated the Middle East studies Program at American University. He has also taught at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in both Qatar and Washington, DC. He has written articles, chapters, and authored, edited or co-edited about 11 books and monographs dealing with the issues of Iraq, the Kurds, the Arabian Peninsula and the Fertile Crescent region, media coverage of the Middle East, new media and the technology revolution in the Arab world, and ethnic and religious groups in the Middle East

Dr. Ghareeb is one of the first media analysts to recognize the potential revolutionary and transformational roles to be played by New Media in the Arab world . This was presented in a paper delivered at the Aseelah Forum in Morocco and in two articles on the subject published by the Middle East Journal[4] and Bahithat [5] in 2000. His most recent work is a co-authored report entitled Iraqi Refugees: Their History, cultures and Background Experiences.[6] His most recent book is "The Historical Dictionary of Iraq." In 2005, Library Journal described the book as one of the best reference works published in the United States in 2004. A new edition of the Iraq Dictionary is close to completion. He has also authored "Split Vision: Portrayal of Arabs in the American Media" and is co-author of "War in the Gulf", recently issued in paperback by Oxford University Press. Dr. Ghareeb has lectured widely in the US, the Arab World and Europe. He has recently lectured in Brazil, Hong Kong, and Portugal. He has recently written articles about the Kurds, the Druze and Libya for "The Encyclopedia of World Politics and Religion", and was recently interviewed for several documentaries including: Al-Jazeera’s documentary on Kurdish leader Mulla Mustafa Barzani, Lucasfilm's upcoming documentary on Gertrude Bell, for a documentary on the history of the Arab American immigration to the US for the Voice of America, and was interviewed for a documentary on Arab Americans in the US for Alhurra TV.

Ghareeb is one of the most widely interviewed experts on topics related to Iraq, ethnic and religious identity in the Middle East, The Kurds, U.S. Foreign Policy and US relations with the Middle East, the Arab American press and other topics. He has been a regular commentator for the BBC Arabic Television and Radio since 1979, and for Egypt TV, Algerian TV, Abu-Dhabi TV and Al-Arabiyya TV, and has also been a commentator for Al Jazeera since its inception. He has been widely interviewed by the BBC World Service, TV and Radio Deutsche Welle, Russia Today, (Arabic and English), CCTV News, France 24, Radio Mediterranean International, the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, NPR, ABC News, MSNBC, AP Television, NBC News, Fox TV and other media outlets.


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