Prof. Abdul Aziz Said
Professor Abdul Aziz Said is the Mohammed Said Farsi Chair Emeritus at American University’s School of International Service. In his 58 year career, Professor Said founded academic programs, research and activism centers, published extensively on a wide range of topics including Islamic Peace, US Foreign Policy, and Ethnicity, and taught thousands of students. He served as adviser to the Democratic Principles Working Group of the United States Department of State’s “Future of Iraq Project” and consulted the Iraqi Governing Council. His extensive publications include many articles in regional and international newspapers in the Arab world. He has contributed editorials to the Washington Post and was featured in the Washington Post Magazine in 2003.
Dr. Said is the longest serving professor of international relations and the first occupant of the Chair of Islamic Peace. He founded the university-wide Center for Global Peace, which led activities, both on and off campus, aimed at advancing our understanding of world peace. He founded and served as director of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Division, in the School of International Service, which offers a Master of Arts degree and four dual or joint degree options, as well as concentrations at the Doctoral and Undergraduate levels. Dr. Said has written, co-authored and edited more than seventeen books. Dr. Said also contributes to learned journals, anthologies, and newspapers on current issues in global politics, including the American Journal of International Law, Human Rights Quarterly, Peace Review, International Journal of Peace Studies, the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Philadelphia Enquirer and other newspapers in the US, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Professor Said is still an active lecturer and participant in national and international peace conferences and dialogues and is deeply involved with a number of professional associations and Service Academies. He has lectured in more than one hundred universities in the United States and all over the world. His past and current public service includes consulting the U.S. Department of State, the Department of Defense, the United Nations and the White House Committee on the Islamic World. He has served as the president of the regional chapter for the International Studies Association and as moderator for the Ecumenical Council of Washington.