Abid A. Al-Marayati, Ph.D

Abid Al-Marayati, born in Baghdad, Iraq, is a former chair and director, center for international studies. He was elected Outstanding Teacher, was recipient of the Key to the Golden Door (Toledo, Ohio), and named Distinguished Scholar, National Endowment for the Humanities, Hawaii Pacific University. Dr. Al-Marayati is the author of numerous books and articles and served with the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency (Vienna, Austria).

Speaking Topics

The Middle East – Evasive Peace

The Middle East has a unique geographical position. Due to geopolitical considerations, it has served as a theater for world power and regional confrontations. The area is rich in oil deposits which provides among other things, energy for Western Europe, the United States, and Japan. The deep-rooted attachments of three great religions to the holy places, in general, and Jerusalem, in particular, are difficult to resolve.

The United Nations – Problems and Prospects

We the people of the United Nations determine to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war….Determined to employ international machinery to accomplish this aim.
Accordingly, the United Nations was established to maintain international peace and security.
What are the purposes and principles of the United Nations?
What are the successes and failures of the United Nations? Why?

Iraq: A Country in a Trap

In 1920, a monarchy was established which was overthrown in 1958. In 1968, Saddam Hussien assumed control. In March 2002 the country was occupied by U.S. forces.
How does the turmoil in Iraq affect the national interests of the United States?
Can the country survive as a united state?
What are United States’ options in the midst of continuing casualties?


Professional Experience:

Professor and Former Director, Center for International Studies; Former Chair, Department of Political Science, The University of Toledo, 1968 to Present
Associate Professor, Arizona State University, Sept. 1965-1968
Lecturer and International Education Consultant, The American Institute for Foreign Trade, Glendale, Arizona (part-time position held simultaneously with my position at Arizona State University), Sept. 1965-1968
Research Fellow, Harvard University, Feb. 1964-June 1965
Associate Professor, State University College of New York, 1962-Feb. 1964
Technical Assistance Officer, Division of Economic and Technical Assistance, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria, 1960-1962
Instructor, Department of Government, University of Massachusetts, 1960
Secretary, Delegation of Yemen, 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th Sessions, United Nations General Assembly, 1956-1960
Secretary, Delegation of Iraq, 10th Session, United Nations General Assembly, 1955
United Nations Intern, Summer 1954
Research and Lecturing, Soviet Academy of Sciences and International Research and Exchange Board under the United States-U.S.S.R. Educational Exchange Program, Summer, 1974
Outstanding Teacher, The University of Toledo, 1981-82
Visiting Professor, The University of Kuwait, 1982-83
Visiting Professor, The Institute for Public Administration, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 1985-86 academic year
Guest Lecturer, Summer 1990, I gave lectures at universities in Australia and New Zealand (Victoria University, University of Otago, Curtin University of Technology, Victoria College, University of Western Australia, Phillips College, Victoria University of Technology, as well as many radio, television appearances and public lectures)
Visiting Professor, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Spring Quarter 1991 with additional lectures to Beijing University, Fudan University, Shanghai Institute for International Studies, Foreign Affairs College
Asylum Officer, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Justice Department, January 1998-July 1998
Distinguished Scholar, National Endowment for the Humanities, Hawaii Pacific University, January 2001-June 2001.
Guest Lecturer, University of Malaya and the National State University, Federation of Malaysia, Summer 2004

Nonteaching Activities Since 1965: (a partial list)

Chairman, Committee on International Education, N.Y. State College
Chairman, Conference Committee on Nonwestern Studies, N.Y. State College
Advisor-Foreign Service, Arizona State University
Advisor, International Relations Club, Arizona State University
Faculty Consultant, Arizona State University, Center for Latin American Studies
Member, Graduate Committee, Arizona State University
Member, Conference Committee, 19th Annual Conference, Middle East Institute Speaker to civil organizations
Commentator, radio and television programs in the United States and abroad
Liaison Officer with the United States Committee for the United Nations University
Member, Board of Trustees, Toledo Council on World Affairs
Discussant, The Middle East Institute Conference on the Middle East and the United Nations, 1965
Discussant, The Rocky Mountain Social Science Association, Annual Meeting, 1968
Panelist, Challenges to Middle Eastern Political Development, Middle East Conference, Bowling Green State University, 1969
Participant, Scholar-Diplomat Seminar, U.S. Department of State, 1971
Moderator, Panel on Teaching Civilization in Universities, Comparative Civilization Conference, Richmond, Kentucky, 1972
Discussant, Peace Science Society, April 1973
Panelist, Oil and Politics in the Middle East, Conference, University of Houston, 1973
Consultant, Committee on International Relations, Group for Advancement of Psychiatry
Primary Discussant, "The Psychological Impact of the Seventeen Day War," Department of State, 1974. The summary was published in 1975.
Moderator, Annual Meeting, Foundation for Student Communications, 1973
Chairperson, Panel, 1976 Annual Meeting, International Studies Association
Chairperson, Panel, 1976 Duquesne History Forum
Chairperson, Panel, "Educational Development in the OPEC Countries," Comparative and International Education Society, Midwest Regional Meeting, 1976
Chairperson, Panel, 1977 Annual Meeting, Midwest Political Science Association

Membership in Professional Organizations:

International Studies Association
American Political Science Association
The Middle East Institute
The Middle East Studies Association of North America
Phi Kappa Phi


A small selection of Publications by Dr. Abid A. Al-Marayati:

Al Hawadeth. June 13, 20, July 4, 11 Editions. Proceedings of conference, Institute for Strategic Studies, London, 1986.

"The Iraq-Kuwait Dispute and the United Nations," a paper presented before the 1993 Annual Conference, the International Studies Association.

"The United Nations Enforcement Action: The Case of Iraq," a paper presented before the 1993 Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association. A revised version of this paper was submitted before the 1994 Annual Meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System at The Hague. A revised version was submitted at the annual meeting of the Academic Council of United Nation Systems held in Geneva, June 30, 2004.


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