International Affairs Students Study in Doha, Qatar

January 16, 2009

Students in QatarThis fall the Bush School’s Master’s Program in International Affairs launched its inaugural study abroad semester with Texas A&M Qatar (TAMUQ). Three students, Andrew Albers, Kimberly Craswell and Mary Formanek, traveled to Doha, Qatar, to study Arabic, conduct research, and immerse themselves in the vibrant culture of the Middle East.

Students in QatarAll three students studied Arabic at the Georgetown University Qatar campus, interned with a British think tank—the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies (RUSI)—and did research with TAMUQ professor Dr. Todd Kent on anti-Americanism in the Middle East and how it affects foreign policy decisions. Their research with RUSI will be published in one of the Institute’s journals, and the paper that emerged from their research with Dr. Kent has been accepted for a national conference at the U.S. Naval Academy this spring.

Students in QatarThe semester in Qatar provided the students a range of experiences: attending a NATO conference on energy security, visiting the Al-Jazeera news network headquarters, and attending events held by RAND and the Brookings Institution. In addition to their academic endeavors, the students were also able to travel the Middle East and take part in extracurricular activities.

Students in QatarAll three students plan to continue their Arabic studies and hope to return to the region after completing their degrees at the Bush School, as they all see many job opportunities offered in the Gulf region. They also plan to develop a “playbook” for future Bush School students who will study in Qatar, since they strongly recommend the immersion for students interested in the dynamics of the Gulf region and studying Arabic.

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