RiP – Abdul Aziz Said, American U. professor of international relations, dies at 90 – The Washington Post

He established the Center for Global Peace in 1995 as part of AU’s School of International Service.

In 1939, Dr. Said was 9, living in a village in northeastern Syria as the country struggled against French occupation. One day, he was playing soccer when a boy told him that his little brother was hurt. Dr. Said followed the boy to where 3-year-old Riyad was lying bleeding in the street. He had been fatally struck by a French military truck. Decades later, Dr. Said would often tell his students, he could still remember the taste of his brother’s blood in his mouth as he carried the body home.

Source: Abdul Aziz Said, American U. professor of international relations, dies at 90 – The Washington Post

6 thoughts on “RiP – Abdul Aziz Said, American U. professor of international relations, dies at 90 – The Washington Post”

    1. When I was there, he was only working with Doctorate students and giving classes/advice at DoD. AU’s connection to the CIA and DoD was pretty close at that time.

    2. That was one thing that attracted me to Chicago back in the day. The rule then was that every member of the faculty had at least one undergrad class every year. We had Saul Bellow, Milton Friedman and a bunch of Nobel winners on campus and the rule applied to all of them.

    3. I had some good profs but none like that. My best were out of my focus but helped me much in other ways. My community college journalism prof was well connected with Hollywood (California) so I was able to interview and take classes with film directors George Cukor, Louis Milestone, King Vidor and author Ray Bradbury. Bradbury taught me the most.

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