Bahgat Korany has been a professor of International Relations since 1998. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a research professor at the University of Montreal, Canada. He is presently director of the AUC Forum. Prof. Korany earned his BA in 1961 from Cairo University, Egypt (with honors), his MA in International Relations from the University of Sussex, England (1966), a Diploma in Development Studies (economics and sociology) from the Institute of Development Studies in Geneva (1968), and a PhD (Political Science) from the University of Geneva (1974).
Before joining the AUC faculty, prof. Korany worked in the United Nations (European Office), from 1970 to 1974. He started his academic career in 1970, first at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva (1970-74), then at the University of Montreal (1974 to the present). He has been a visiting professor at the universities of Dakar, Laval, Carleton, Harvard (visiting scholar), McGill University, University of Algiers, Aix-Marseille, Oxford University and the Institut d'etudes Politiques (Paris).
He is the founder and first director of the Interdisciplinary Program of Arab Studies and director of the Inter-University Consortium of Arab Studies, Canada. He is also a founding member of the international organization of South-South Cooperation (Beijing, April 1983).
Prof. Korany has authored more than 95 conference papers and was guest editor to the special issues of three international journals, namely the International Political Science Review, Etudes Internationales, and Third World Quarterly. In addition, he has published three monographs, eight books, contributed chapters to about 24 other books and approximately 40 articles in such periodicals as International Social Science Journal, Journal of the Social Sciences, Annals of International Studies, Etudes Internationales, Revue Francaise de Science Politique, Peace Research Society Papers (Canada), International Journal of Middle East Studies, Third World Quarterly, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Third World Affairs Yearbook, and World Politics. His writings have been translated and published in Arabic, Spanish, Italian and Chinese.
Prof. Korany is an editorial board member of several established periodicals, including the Canadian Political Science Review, Etudes Internationales, Third World Affairs Yearbook (London), International Interactions (Washington DC), and the European Journal of International Relations. He was awarded the Hauchman Prize for his book, Social Change, Charisma and International Behavior, in 1976. Since 1994, Bahgat Korany has been included in the annual Canadian Who's Who.
Arab Development Challenges in the 21st Century: the primacy of the “Political”
Development and its processes are a “conditioning situation “, whether you are talking about international relations and foreign policy behavior or domestic structure and processes. The course contests two premises in the analysis of society and politics. Methodologically, there has a sort of an academic cold war, a big debate between the role of external factors and domestic factors in shaping Arab (mis)development. The course suggests intermestics as the way-out. Conceptually, conventionally development and its challenges have been usually thought of in economic terms. This course, on the contrary adopts a much more holistic approach to emphasize the argument that development is not Primarily a function of the availability of resources but of policies and the use/distribution of resources. The emphasis is on the pattern of governance and state-society relations, inspired by the different reports of the UNDP, and up to its 10th anniversary one: Bahgat Korany(ed.): Arab Human Development in the 21st Century: The Primacy of Empowerment. New York and Cairo, American University in Cairo Press, 2014.The analysis of these problems are updated by dissecting the post-2011 Arab Spring context.