Andrew C. Hess

Professor of Diplomacy, Director of the Southwest-Central Asia and Islamic Civilization Program

  • AM, History and Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University
  • PhD, History and Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University
  • MBA, Kent State University
  • BS, University of Michigan
  • MA, University of Pittsburgh


Andrew C. Hess is Professor of Diplomacy and Director of the Southwest-Central Asia and Islamic Civilization Programs. 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 PhD in Middle Eastern History from Harvard University. He teaches 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, with student assistance, diplomatic and ministerial training programs for numerous Gulf and Central Asian states. His book, The Forgotten Frontier, was translated into Arabic and Turkish editions and the English language version was republished in 2010. In 2008, The Fletcher Forum featured his article on Central Eurasia and the Geopolitics of Gas. 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. Professor Hess is renowned for his travels in Central Eurasia where he acquired an interest in the use of Turkish re-curved bow.

Professional Activities
  • Director, The Program for Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization and the Caucasus Forum, the Contemporary Turkish Studies Program
  • Directed the Armenian, Azerbaijani, Kuwaiti, Qatari, Saudi Arabian and United Arab Emirates Foreign Service Training Programs at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • Taught at The American University in Cairo and Temple University
  • Held executive positions, Arabian American Oil Company (Saudi Arabia)

  • Program for Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization

Research Interests
  • Globalization and the impact of modern technology on Middle Eastern societies
  • The role of international business in the development of Southwest Asia and Central Asia
• "Eurasia and the Geopolitics of Gas", The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs (Winter 2008)
• Hess, Andrew C. "Peace and Political Reform in the Gulf: The Private Sector." Journal of International Affairs 49, no. 1 (1995): 103-.
Hess, Andrew C. "Review Essay: Riding Out the Storm." The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs 18, no. 2 (1994): 169-182.

• Hess, Andrew C. "The Mediterranean and Shakespeare's Geopolitical Imagination." In "The Tempest" and Its Travels, eds. Peter Hulme and William H. Sherman, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000.
Hess, Andrew C. "Cultural and Political Limits on Forward Presence in Southwest Asia." In Naval Forward Presence and the National Military Strategy, eds. Robert Pfaltzgraff and Richard Shultz, Naval Institute Press, 1993.

• Hess, Andrew C. "Presentiments of War." The Boston Globe, 4 October 1998.
• "The Arabs and Technology," The World and I (February 1990);



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