Program for Strategic Research and Studies


Former Congressman Bob Clement Visits Orlando

Former U.S. Congressman Bob Clement visited Orlando March 6th – 8th.  Clement, a longtime friend to UCF and the PMBF program, served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 15 years beginning in the late 1980s.

Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research & Studies Website Launch- Special Visit from Prince Mohammad bin Fahd bin Abdul Aziz

Focus KSA: A Conversation with David Dumke, Director, PMBF Program

Former US Dept. of State Official Owen Kirby Visits UCF

On March 1-3, 2017, the Prince Mohammad bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research and Studies hosted guest speaker Mr. Owen Kirby. Kirby formally worked at the State Department as an international political consultant and is still an active member in international relations. He participated in a variety of events at the University of Central Florida (UCF).

Owen Kirby has two decades of experience in international relations, specializing in political party development, public opinion polling, and elections. Currently working with clients and partners in the Middle East region, Kirby served in the U.S. Department of State as a Senior Adviser in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (2004-2009), and as a Senior Governance Advisor in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, 2009-2010. More recently, he has advised leaders in Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority.

Kirby met with students on a personal level to discuss current events, his extensive experience with the United States government as a state advisor, Middle Eastern affairs, and advised students who want to pursue a career in international relations. Kirby held a discussion-based and question-driven meet with students of the International Relations Club of UCF where he focused on the Middle-Eastern region. Kirby participated in an interview held by UCF students, Yrainy Artigas and Halla Kouatli, where he discussed the issues the Middle East currently faces and “going beyond the headlines

Tolerance in Education Symposium

The Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Program hosted “Teaching Tolerance & Peace in Education: American Experiences & International Lessons” on March 27. The symposium, funded in part by a grant provided by the Association of International Education Administrators, brought together civic, education, and business leaders from the local, state, national, and international level to discuss the role of education as a catalyst for tolerance and peace in an increasingly globalized society. The event featured three topical sessions, each moderated by a renowned experts: Dr. James Gibson, Ph.D., of Washington University in St. Louis; Dr. Patricia Avery, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota; and Dr. Peter Levine, Ph.D., of Tufts University. A forth panel featured community leaders dedicated to finding ways to bring a diverse community together through education. A postmortem assessment was made which described different approaches to peace and tolerance in education, identified projects/programs which promote the concepts, and explained how concepts could be applied internationally, particularly in the Middle East-North African region.

PMBF Speaker Series 2013

Interview with Khaled Al Maeena- journalist, commentator and Editor-in Chief of the Saudi Gazette

Interview with Samar Fatany- writer and columnist for the Saudi Gazette, Khaleej Times and Asia Week.

Interview with Max Rodenbeck – Middle East Bureau Chief for The Economist.

PMBF Speaker Series 2016