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Jordan's Prince Hassan to headline Dartmouth series on democracy and public opinion in the Middle East

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Contact Tamara Steinert (603) 646-3661

January 26, 2004. Leaders from several countries in the Middle East will discuss prospects for democracy in the region at a forum from Jan. 26 to Jan. 29 at Dartmouth College. Participants will include Jordan's Prince El Hassan bin Talal; Jacob Rosen, a diplomat from Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Palestine's leading pollster, Khalil Shikaki, director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research; and Shafeeq Ghabra, president of the American University of Kuwait. Former U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Yalowitz, director of Dartmouth's John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, will also speak. Most events in the series, titled "Democracy, Public Opinion and Public Diplomacy in the Middle East," are free and open to the public.

Hassan will deliver the keynote address, "Can Democracy Take Root in the Muslim World?" at 4 p.m. Jan. 26 in Cook Auditorium at Dartmouth's Murdough Center. Ghabra and Yalowitz will offer responses after the speech, with a question and answer session to follow.

The brother of Jordan's late King Hussein, Prince Hassan is a member of the Hashemite family, which the British installed as the ruling family of Jordan and Iraq in the 1920s. The family was deposed from Iraq in the late 1950s. A vocal advocate of democracy, Hassan has written several books about politics in the Middle East, and some observers have suggested he could play a role in the reestablishment of a stable government in Iraq. He is also active in many international programs and committees, including the World Conference on Religion and Peace, the Nuclear Threat Initiative and the Center for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at the University of Oklahoma International Programs Centers. He also is working with a program called Partners in Humanity, established to build understanding and positive relationships between the Muslim world and the United States.

Lectures will be held at 4 p.m. on Jan. 27 and Jan. 28 as well. On Tuesday, Shikaki will speak on "The Changing Role of Public Opinion in Palestine" in 105 Dartmouth. Hassan,

Ghabra, Rosen and Joseph Ginat of the University of Haifa will join Dartmouth Professor Dale Eickelman for a panel discussion afterward.

On Wednesday, Rosen will lead off with a presentation titled "Public Diplomacy and Pubilc Opinion in Israeli-Arab Relations: A Diplomat's View" in Rockefeller 3. Ginat will speak as well, talking about "Public Diplomacy in Israeli-Egyptian Relations: The Israeli Academic Center in Cairo," followed by responses from Yalowitz and Shikaki.

The final day (Jan. 29th) of the series will explore "The Kuwait Venture in Liberal Education: Founding a 21st Century University." Ghabra will deliver an initial presentation, followed by a panel discussion including Dartmouth community members English Professor William Cook, history Professor Pamela Crossley, College Associate Librarian John James, and anthropology Professor Dale Eickelman. The program will be at 4:15 p.m. in Silsby 28.

In October 2003, Dartmouth and the American University of Kuwait launched a series of advisory and cooperative ventures over the next five years to help AUK become established as Kuwait's first private liberal arts university. The new institution will begin accepting students next year for the 2004-2005 academic year.

The series is sponsored by the Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth in association with the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Student Affairs Office and the American University of Kuwait.

Note for reporters and editors: A press availability with Prince Hassan will take place immediately following the Monday, Jan. 26, keynote address. Media interested in participating should contact Tamara Steinert at the Dartmouth Office of Public Affairs, 603-646-1445.

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