Chairman, Department of Political Science, Kuwait University
Dr. Abdullah Al-Shayji received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Political Science from Oklahoma State University. While completing his Master’s degree he taught a course on the American political system to undergraduates. He continued his graduate studies at Texas University in Austin and obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science in 1988. He joined the Department of Political Science at Kuwait University the same year as a faculty member.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Shayji joined the Kuwaiti Armed Forces as a reserve officer. He later served as a special advisor to the Speaker of the Kuwaiti Parliament, and to the Foreign Relations Committee, the committee investigating the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, and the committee for Kuwaiti prisoners of war and hostages in Iraq (1992–1996). He acted as Counselor and Head of the Kuwaiti Information and Media Bureau at the Kuwaiti Embassy in the Lebanese Republic from 2001 to 2004. Dr. Al-Shayji was a member of the Advisory Board of the committee in charge of drafting a comprehensive national security strategy at the Kuwaiti Government’s Bureau of National Security (2008–2009). He was also head of the American Studies Unit at Kuwait University from 2007 to 2009.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Shayji has lectured in English since 2005 at the Mubarak Al-Abdullah Joint Staff Command College – an affiliate of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense – as part of Master’s degree courses in Military Sciences for officers both from Kuwait and from 16 other Arab and foreign countries. The courses cover Gulf security, the GCC system and crisis management. He also delivers lectures at the Kuwait Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on international relations, the new world order, US foreign policy and the foreign policy of the State of Kuwait.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Shayji is Chairman of the Political Science Department at Kuwait University. He has published a number of books and articles on Gulf security, Arabian Gulf–Iranian relations, and American strategy in the Middle East and the Arabian Gulf region. He has participated in more than 100 conferences in the area of his specialization – including those convened by the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research – as a panel chair, speaker and discussant.