William Rugh, PhD

PhD (International Relations), Columbia University

William Rugh

William Rugh is professor of the practice in the Master of Science in Global Studies and International Relations program. In a 31-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, he held nine diplomatic assignments in the Arab world, including ambassador to Yemen and the United Arab Emirates, and deputy chief of mission in Syria. He was president and CEO of AMIDEAST, a non-governmental organization that works on educational and training projects throughout the Middle East.

Ambassador Rugh has taught, written on, and studied Mideast policy extensively at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. His books, The Practice of Public Diplomacy: Confronting Challenges Abroad (Editor 2011), and Front Line Public Diplomacy: How US Embassies Communicate with Foreign Publics (2014) are frequently used in graduate programs. He has been writing a monthly op-ed in Arabic in the daily newspaper Al Ittihad in the United Arab Emirates since 2001.

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