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Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs



The LBJ School of Public Affairs, the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security & Law and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum present

His Excellency Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority

Salam Fayyad
Salam Fayyad

Thursday, February 7, 2008
6:00 p.m.


Lyndon B. Johnson Library
The University of Texas at Austin
2313 Red River Street
Austin, TX
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The LBJ School of Public Affairs, the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security & Law and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum are honored to present Prime Minister Salam Fayyad of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). Dr. Fayyad is a well-respected economist and political reformer who assumed the Prime Ministry in 2007 as part of President Mahmoud Abbas' emergency government. He has led the PNA through a series of sweeping reforms during that time. Dr. Fayyad will be speaking on his hopes for progress toward Middle East peace.


Event Coverage

 Webcast of His Excellency Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority

The Daily Texan - 'Incorruptible' ministry - Prime minister returns to UT - February 8, 2008

the Austin American-Statesman - Palestinian prime minister speaks about hopes for Middle East peace - February 8, 2008

Reuters (UK) - Palestinian PM sees no '08 Israel accord - February 8, 2008

KUT - Palestinian PM Sheds Hope on Conflict - February 8, 2008


More about Salam Fayyad

Dr. Salam Fayyad was born in Nablus, Palestine in1952. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the American University of Beirut in 1975. He received an MBA from St. Edward's University in 1980 and a PhD (Economics), University of Texas at Austin in 1986. He held several teaching and research assignments at the University of Texas at Austin and Yarmouk University (1983-1986) and was a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (1986).

Before embarking on a political career, Dr. Fayyad worked for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from 1987-2001, acting as resident representative in the West Bank and Gaza Strip from 1996-2001. He left the IMF to work as Regional Manager of the Arab Bank, Palestine in 2002. He was appointed Minister of Finance in June 2002. Dr. Fayyad resigned from the Ministry of Finance in December 2005 and, in January 2006, he was elected for the Palestinian Legislative Council and served as Chairman of the PLC's Budget and Finance Committee.

In March 2007, Dr. Fayyad was appointed again as Minister of Finance in the National Unity Government. Three months later, Dr. Fayyad was appointed Prime Minister and has formed an emergency government, in which, in addition to being the Premier, he serves as Minister of Finance and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Fayyad is married and has three children.

Salam Fayyad in the News

World Economic Forum - "Middle East: After Annapolis, After Paris"(synopsis) - January 24, 2008

World Economic Forum - "Middle East: After Annapolis, After Paris"(video at utube.com) - January 24, 2008