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Former Associated Faculty

Andrew C. Hess is Professor of Diplomacy and Director of the Southwest-Central Asia and Islamic Civilization Program. He has a B.S. in engineering from the University of Michigan, an MBA from Kent State University, an M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and an A.M. and Ph.D. in Middle Eastern history from Harvard University. He taught courses on the modern history and politics of the South Caucasus, Central Asia, and Southwest Asia. He has a long record of developing and running diplomatic and ministerial training programs for numerous Persian Gulf and Central Asian states. His book, The Forgotten Frontier (2010), has been translated into Arabic and Turkish. Hess has been an officer in the United States Marine Corps, a steel mill foreman, the Assistant Director of the Center for Arabic Studies at the American University in Cairo, taught Middle Eastern history at Temple University, was appointed to a visiting research position at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, held a management post in Saudi Arabia with the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO), and has served as the Academic Dean of The Fletcher School. Hess is renowned for his travels in Central Eurasia where he acquired an interest in the use of Turkish re-curved bow.