Dr. Stephen Lee Keck
Director Of Education

Dr. Stephen Lee Keck is the Academic Director and Professor of History at Emirates Diplomatic Academy(EDA), Abu Dhabi. Before assuming the role of Academic Director, Dr. Keck taught at the American University of Sharjah. He has also been with the National University of Singapore and the College of Charleston (USA). At EDA, Dr. Keck teaches ‘Empires to Nations: Remaking the International State System in the 20th Century, 1914-1991’.

Dr. Keck has just published British Burma in the New Century, 1895-1918 (2015), and earlier Sir Arthur Helps and the Making of Victorianism (2013). Dr. Keck is co-editing a forthcoming volume titled Eastward Bound: The Politics, Economics and Pedagogy of Western Higher Education in Asia and the Middle East. He is currently working on a study of John Ruskin’s historical thought. His other research interests are focused on Britain’s engagement with Southeast Asia, cultural diplomacy in the British empire 1850-1950 and Victorian and Edwardian encounters with the Ottoman Empire. Beyond the classroom, Dr. Keck enjoys co-hosting programmes on history as a guest on Dubai Eye 103.8.



Dr. Murhaf Jouejati

Dr. Murhaf Jouejati is Professor of International Relations at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), Abu Dhabi. An expert on Middle East political affairs focusing on the Levant politics in particular, he is a scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington D.C. He is also the Chairman of ‘The Day After’ association.

Until recently, Dr. Jouejati was a Professor of Middle East Studies at the National Defense University’s NESA Center for Strategic Studies in Washington. In addition, he taught at The George Washington University (GWU) and at the American University in Washington D.C. Dr. Jouejati served as the Director of the Middle East Studies Program at GWU’s Elliott School. Prior to that, he was advisor to the European Commission Delegation in Damascus; to the Syrian delegation during the Syria-Israel peace talks; and to the United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) Bureau of Arab States in New York. Earlier, he served at the UNDP’s National Program Officer for Syria.

Dr. Jouejati is a prolific writer on Middle East politics and a frequent guest in the international media. He provided expert testimony before the 9/11 Commission and the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on several occasions. Dr. Jouejati holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Utah and a Master’s in Arab area studies from Georgetown University.


Dr. Muhamad S. Olimat

Dr. Muhamad Olimat is an Associate Professor of International Relations and Middle East Politics at Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), Abu Dhabi. Prior to joining EDA, he taught at Khalifa University, University of South Florida in St. Petersburg, Missouri State University, and other American and Middle Eastern academic institutions. His area of expertise is Middle East Studies, US foreign policy toward the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and China-Greater Middle Eastern relations.

He is the author of five books, several book chapters, and articles on Middle East politics, the political economy of the Middle East, political development of the Middle East and Sino-Greater Middle Eastern relations. His most recent manuscript is ‘China and Central Asia in Post-Soviet Era: A Bilateral Approach’, published in 2015. His upcoming book, ‘China and the Arab Gulf Countries: Strategic Partnership in a Changing World’ will be released in October 2016.


 Dr. Noura S. Al-Mazrouei


Dr. Noura S. Al-Mazrouei is an Assistant Professor at Emirates Diplomatic Academy(EDA), Abu Dhabi, and an Assistant Professor in the College of Sustainability Sciences and Humanities of Zayed University. She teaches courses on History and Culture of the UAE, History of the Arabian Gulf States, History of the Arab in Andalus and the International Relations of the Gulf.

Dr. Al-Mazrouei received her Ph.D. in Gulf Studies at Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (2014) from the University of Exeter, UK. Her specific academic focus is on History, International Relations of the Gulf and territorial disputes in the Gulf, particularly those involving the UAE.

Dr. Al-Mazrouei is also the author of a book and journal articles such as the ‘The Three Disputed Islands between UAE and Iran: Abu Musa, Greater and Lesser Tunbs in the Strait of Hormuz’, ‘The Abu Dhabi-Saudi Arabia Territorial Negotiations (1970-71): The End of the Britain’s Dominance in the Gulf’, ‘The Ownership of Khor al-Udaid and Al-Ain/ Buraimi Region in the 19th Century’ and joint paper with Dr. Khalid Almezaini ‘Post UAE-Oman Border Dispute: Social and Economic Implication (forthcoming),. She has also done a case study and on education system in the UAE. Al-Mazrouei participated in international conferences to give a speech on different Gulf issues in Cambridge, London, Doha, Abu Dhabi and Washington U.S. She is currently working on a book titled ‘Saudi Arabia and the UAE: Border Disputes and International Relations in the Gulf’.



Dr. Sara J. Chehab

Dr. Sara Chehab is an Assistant Professor at Emirates Diplomatic Academy(EDA), Abu Dhabi, delivering courses on International Economics, Political Economy, Energy Politics, and Fragile and Recovering States. She specializes in Political Science and International Relations.

Prior to this role, she was an Assistant Professor at Zayed University (ZU) in Dubai, and was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from the university in 2014. Her published works include books and other articles in which she has shared her expertise on topics like ‘US Foreign Policy and the Continuing Struggle Against Anti- Americanism’ and ‘Social Networks and News: The Case of Emirati Women in Dubai’.

Dr. Chehab completed her PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Delaware. She also holds a Master’s in Political Science and International Relations from the same university as well as a Bachelor’s degree with Distinction in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Lebanon.