Professor Mohamed Rabie, PhD
Dr. Rabie was named distinguished professor of International political economy by the School of Governance and Economics in 2013. He graduated from Jericho High School in the West Bank in 1957, continued his college and graduate studies in Egypt, Germany and the United States. He received a bachelor degree in agricultural economics and an MA in rural sociology in 1962 and 1964, respectively from Ain Shams University in Cairo, and received an MA and PhD degrees in Economics In 1968 and 1970, respectively from the University of Houston, Texas.
Prof. Rabie taught at several Arab and American universities, including the University of Houston and Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas (1967 – 1970), Kuwait University in Kuwait (1970 – 1976); Georgetown University (1976 – 1977 and 1982 – 1983), The Johns Hopkins University and The American University in Washington DC (1984 – 1986); Al Akhawayn University (2002 – 2004) and the School of Governance and Economics (2013 -2014); both schools are in Morocco. Between 2003 and 2005, Dr. Rabie was a guest professor at St. Galen University in Switzerland; and between 1998 and 2001, he served as an academic advisor to Erfurt University in Germany and director on international studies. In 1985, he founded in Washington the non-profit Center for Educational Development and served as its president until 1994.
During the years 1977 to 1983 Prof. Rabie was involved in business consulting and healthcare. In 1978 he was a founding partner of the Texas Health Plans in Houston; and in 1979 he was the publisher of Your Health magazine; and between 1995 and 2001, he served as president of the Association Health Care Management.
Prof. Rabie has so far published a total of 43 books in English and Arabic. English books include: The Politics of Foreign Aid (Praeger, 1988); A Vision for the Transformation of the Middle East (Center for Educational Development, 1990); The New World Order (Vantage Press, 1992); Conflict Resolution and the Middle East Peace Process (Duetsches Orient Institut, Hamburg, Germany 1993); Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity (Praeger, 1994); the US-PLO Dialogue (University Press of Florida, 1995); The Making of History (Authors Choice, 2001); Saving Capitalism and Democracy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); Global Economic and Cultural Transformation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); and A Theory of Sustainable Sociocultural and Economic Development (Palgrave Macmillan 2016).
Major books in Arabic include: The Brain Drain, (Kuwait University, 1972); Economy and Society, (Publishing Press, Kuwait, 1973); the Other Side of the Arab Defeat, (Riad El-Rayyes Books, London, 1987); the Making of American Foreign Policy, (Dar Al-Carmel, Amman, Jordan, 1990); The Making of the Arab Future, (Bahsoon Publishing House, Beirut, Lebanon, 2000); Leadership and the Making of History, (Al-Yazouri publishing House, Amman, 2009); Culture and the Arab Identity Crisis, (Arab Thought Forum, Amman, 2010); Arabs’ Self-Destruction, (Naaman Cultural House, Beirut, 2013); the Making of History, (Al-Yazouri publishing House, 2014); Sustainable Societal Development, (Al-Yazouri publishing House, 2014); Arabs in the Eye of the Storm, (Al-Yazouri publishing House, 2015). In addition, Dr. Rabie published in Arabic a short story, A Journey with Worries; two novels, Escape in the Sun’s Eye, and Jahlawad Kingdom; and 3 books of poetry, in addition to his memoirs of 5 books, Memories that defy Forgetting; and more than 60 scholarly papers and over 1000 newspaper articles.
Prof. Rabie had served in the mid-1970s as a board member of the Palestine National Fund, the Arab Fund for Technical Assistance for African Countries; and the steering committee of the Euro-Arab Dialogue. Currently, Dr. Rabie is a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, a member of the Arab Thought Forum, the American Sociological Association, the Authors Guild, and a few other associations. Between 1972 and 1976, Dr. Rabie was the founding editor of the Social Sciences Quarterly published by Kuwait University; and between 1983 and 1985, he served as the executive director of the Institute of Palestinian Studies in Washington DC.
Prof. Rabie has participated in tens of conferences, seminars, and dialogue groups in more than fifty countries. Between 1989 and 1992, he was a member of the Harvard University team and the Brookings Institutions working group to advance peace and economic development in the Middle East. He was also a board member of the Search for Common Ground Middle East Initiative, which is based on the ideas he articulated in his booklet, A Vision for the Transformation of the Middle East. Dr. Rabie is the recipient of several grants and awards as student and professor from American, Egyptian, German, Jordanian, Kuwaiti and UN agencies and foundations. In November 2015, Prof. Rabie was honored by The State of Palestine for his intellectual contributions, and awarded the highest state award. And in October, 2016, the Arab-American Community in Houston, Texas honored Prof. Rabie and awarded him the “Lifetime Achievement Award.”
In 1985 Dr. Rabie predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union in a lecture at Germany’s most prestigious Institute for Economics and Politics (Stiftung wiesenschaft und politics); and in 1988 he conceived the idea of the US-PLO dialogue, drafted the original document that guided negotiations, and coordinated the secret contacts between the US and the PLO that led the US government to recognize the PLO, open a dialogue with it, and launch the peace process. In 1992, Prof. Rabie predicted the Great Recession in his book, The New World Order, but the recession was delayed by some 10 years due to the unexpected advent of the Internet. And as for “The Arab Spring,” he predicted the scenario of the political upheaval and the Islamic forces ascension to power in more than one article and in his book, the Making of the Arab Future published in 2000, as well as in a poem written in 1994.