FORA.tv Speaker - Kassem Ja'afar

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Biography

Born in Nigeria, West Africa in 1956 to a Shi'ite Muslim immigrant family from South Lebanon, Kassem Ja'afar got his primary and secondary education in Lebanon before graduating from the American University of Beirut (AUB) with a degree in Middle Eastern History and Islamic Studies. He moved to London in 1979 where he joined Kings College, University of London and completed his MA and Mphil in War Studies. During the early 80's he co-edited Strategic Review a specialized newsletter on defense and current affairs in London and later joined the BBC where he worked for more than 10 years as a Middle East and Defense correspondent. He also worked as Defense and Diplomatic Editor at the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat at its sister weekly Al-Wasat. He has authored and co-authored several books and articles on Middle Eastern and Defense related affairs and currently lives between London and Doha, Qatar where he is a Diplomatic and Defense consultant. He also served for two years (2003-2005) as a member for the board of governors of Al-Jazeera satellite channel. Dr. Ja'afar is married with four children

4 Programs

The Implications of the Middle East Arms Race

09.20.07 | 01:16:33 min | 0 comments

Implications of Fighting in Northern Lebanon

06.04.07 | 01:14:56 min | 0 comments

Government Crisis in Lebanon

11.28.06 | 01:19:45 min | 0 comments

The Aftermath of the Hezbollah-Israel War

10.25.06 | 01:33:09 min | 0 comments