Charles Schmitz is professor of Geography at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland where he has taught since 1999. 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 a Supreme Court case against Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in 2006. Dr. Schmitz served as the translator and country consultant for the Hamdan defense team in the Office of Military Commissions from 2004 until 2009.
Currently Dr. Schmitz is vice president of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies and a member of the 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. www.aiys.org