Abdel Aziz Said is a senior professor of International Relations, Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace, and director of the center for Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies at American University. He is an authority on the international and regional politics of the Middle East.
Said was a member of the White House Commission on the Islamic World during the Carter Administration, has served as a consultant to the US Information Agency and Department of State, and has played a role in Arab-Israeli dialogues. He has published in a number of areas in international relations, including human rights, ethnicity, multi-national corporations, American foreign policy, peace and conflict resolution, and Islamic-Western relations. His current research has been on ethnicity and conflict in the region. Saeed's recent trips to the area have included interviews with a number of leaders, most notably Yasser Arafat. His book Concepts of International Politics in Global Perspective is now in its fourth edition.