The Role of American-style Education in the Middle East

September 25, 2014

The Institute for the Study of Diplomacy was honored to host Peter Dorman, president of the American University in Beirut, for a roundtable discussion of American-style education and the effects it has on culture, society, and politics in Lebanon and the Middle East. For 150 years, AUB has been seen as the "gold standard" of education in Lebanon. With an emphasis on liberal arts, not just professional abilities, its students are developing creative and critical thinking skills.

Every year, hundreds of graduates are leaving AUB to go on to jobs in government, business, and medicine, and the values that they have learned at AUB are spreading through society and being widely embraced. This talk was moderated by Ambassador Maura Connelly, Senior State Department Fellow at ISD.