Charles Schmitz, PhD

Department of Geography

Towson University

8000 York Rd

Baltimore, MD 21252

(410) 704-2966





Dr. Schmitz’ interests include the political economy of development and development policy in the Arab world, international law and the war on terror, contemporary geopolitics and the issue of the “failing state,” Arab politics, and cross cultural understanding and communication.  Dr. Schmitz is a specialist on Yemen.



Geography of the Middle East, Economic Geography, Human Geography, World Regional Geography, Geographic Thought, Globalization and the Disciplines (social science methods)


Recent Publications

“Yemen’s National Dialogue,” MEI Policy Paper 2014-1, February 2014

“Obama, Guantanamo, and the Devil in the Details,” Middle East Institute, June 25, 2013. 

“Geography” and “Economy,” in Caton, Steven, ed. Yemen: Middle East in Focus, Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio 2013.

“Building a Better Yemen,” The Carnegie Papers, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, April 2012.

 “Crisis in the Yemeni Economy: a Troubled Transition to Post-Hydrocarbon Growth,” Middle East Institute, Scholarly Policy Paper, Dec 2011. 

“Understanding the Role of Tribes in Yemen,” CTC Sentinel, October 2011

 “Yemen Without Saleh: Chaos? It doesn’t have to be.”  Foreign Policy, June 8th, 2011 

 “Yemen’s Tribal Showdown” Foreign Affairs, June 3rd, 2011

 “Who’s Really in the Yemeni Opposition Anyway?”  Foreign Policy, 4/12/2011 

“Cooperation and Conflict: Analyzing the US Yemeni relationship,” in Mardini, Ramzi (ed.) The Battle for Yemen, Washington DC: Jamestown Foundation, 2010.

“Notes on Yemeni Detainees in Guantanamo,” Yemen Update January 2009

“Politics and Economy in Yemen” in Kamil A. Mahdi, Anna Würth, and Helen Lackner (eds.) Yemen into the Twenty-first Century: continuity and change.  Reading, UK: Ithaca Press, 2007.  Pp. 31-52

 “Yemeni Reflections on Guantanamo and American Efforts for Political Reform in the Arab World,” Muslim World Journal of Human Rights, The Berkeley Electronic Press, 2006

“The Legal Battle for Guantánamo,” Middle East Report and Information Project (MERIP) Online Interventions, Spring 2005

“Cooperation and Conflict: Analyzing the U.S.-Yemen Relationship,” Terrorism Monitor, Vol. II, issue 10, 20 May 2004 Jamestown Foundation. 

 “Transnational Yemen: Global Power and Political Identity in Peripheral States,” Arab World Geographer, 6 (3) Fall 2003

 “National Borders, the Global Economy and Geopolitics: A view from Yemen”, Geopolitics, 6 (2), Autumn 2001

“Investigating the Cole Bombing,” Online Press Information Report #67, Middle East Report and Information Project, September 6, 2001



Ph.D. (Geography), University of California at Berkeley, Spring 1997 "State and Market in Southern Yemen"

M.A. (Geography), University of California at Berkeley, 1992. "Social Impact of Mechanization in Egyptian Agriculture"

B.S. (Conservation and Resource Studies), University of California at Berkeley, 1982.