Austin - When I was preparing my research project for the Fulbright grant, I never thought that I would end up at the department of Middle Eastern Studies (MES). It just happened that the researchers whose work I was interested in belonged in that department. I have chosen to write about MES at the University of Texas at Austin because many of my fellow Moroccans, and Arabs at large, usually suspect that American policies in our region are made by experts in such departments.

Ahmed Echcharfi is a University professor of English.