Dr. Abdelwahab Hechiche
December 12, 2019 | USF WORLD NEWS
Dr. Abdelwahab Hechiche, a professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies at the University of South Florida and a Fulbright scholar, conducted his Fulbright award in Kosovo. He spent 7 months teaching and conducting research in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pristina.
During his time in Kosovo, Hechiche taught a class on “Power” with a special focus on the UN, international law, and peaceful settlement of disputes, as well as another class on the issues of nationhood and statehood in the Middle East. His research was conducted for two conferences in Greece in conjunction with The Mediterranean Studies Association and The Maghreb Review at Oxford Mansfield College.
When asked about the most important thing that he learned while abroad, Hechiche said, “How old nations do not forget their past, and how today we are witnessing memories of wars and ‘wars of memories’.” Reflecting on his experience, he stated that the Fulbright award has enriched his knowledge of existing international institutions like the UN and regional alliances like NATO.
Having had the unique privilege of meeting the late Senator J. William Fulbright, Hechiche feels that he has been able to carry on the spirit of the Fulbright message by contributing to the betterment of international relations, and enthusiastically encourages other students and faculty to do the same.