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CMC Alum Appointed Prime Minister of Kuwait


CMC Alum Sheikh Mohammed Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah meets the UK's William Hague.


On January 17th, Sheikh Mohammed Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah was appointed Prime Minister of Kuwait. Sheikh Sabah, a graduate of the class of 1978 and a parent of a member of the class of 2010, also received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from Claremont McKenna College in 2010. 


Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Al-Sabah graduated cum laude from CMC in 1978 with a B.A. in Economics, and won the Salvatori Scholar Prize for his Senior Thesis: “Critical Analysis of Inflation in Kuwait” before earning an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard. Previously, Sheikh Mohammed Al-Sabah served as the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the United States from 1993-2003, Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2003-11, and Deputy Prime Minister from 2006-2011.


During a speech given at the Marian Miner Athenaeum on May 3rd, 2010, Prime Minister Sabah praised CMC for ...instill[ing] in me an insatiable appetite for drive and excellence, and that “his Ivy League graduate studies were a ‘piece of cake’ compared to earning his bachelor's with honors at CMC.”

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