American Universities in the Middle East play a vital role educating future political, business and cultural leaders from the Arab world. Three American university presidents from Lebanon and Egypt discuss the state of liberal arts education in the Middle East and how their work and the work of their students is helping to bridge the divide between the West and the Arab world.


  • David Arnold became the 10th president of the American University in Cairo in September 2003. Prior to that he served as executive vice president of the Institute of International Education. He has a master's in public administration from Michigan State University.
  • Joseph Jabbra assumed the presidency of the Lebanese American University in 2004. He was born in Lebanon and received his law degree from St. Joseph University and a PhD in political science from the Catholic University of America. Prior to becoming president he was academic vice president at Loyola Marymount University and vice president, academic and research, at St. Mary's University in Halifax, Canada.
  • John Waterbury became the 14th president of the American University of Beirut in January 1998. Before becoming president, he was professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs for almost 20 years. He received his PhD in public law and government from Columbia University.

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