Department of Geography and Environmental Planning



Charles Schmitz

Professor & Graduate Coordinator

Office:   LA 2210G
Phone:   410-704-2966

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Dr. Schmitz is a specialist on the Middle East and Yemen. He began his academic career as a Fulbright Scholar and American Institute for Yemeni Studies Fellow in Yemen in the early 1990’s. Dr. Schmitz’ current research interests include the political economy of development in Yemen, international law and the counter terror policy, international governance and failing states, and the sociology of contemporary Yemeni society. Dr. Schmitz has been involved in the defense cases of several Yemeni detainees in Guantanamo, the most prominent of which was the case of Salim Hamdan who won the Supreme Court case against President Bush in 2006

Currently Dr. Schmitz is president of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies and a member of the executive board of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. AIYS is the only American interdisciplinary academic organization active on the Arabian Peninsula. It is the primary link between the American academic community and the Yemeni government as well as the Yemeni academic community.







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