Dr. Farid Abboud is the former Lebanese ambassador to China, the United States, and Tunisia, where he served during the Tunisian Revolution. He began his diplomatic career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beirut in 1974 and served as Lebanon’s delegate for the 1996-1999 negotiations between Israel and Lebanon. Ambassador Abboud holds a Diploma of Higher Studies in Political Sciences from the Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut and a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Los Angeles. His PhD research on declassified documents of the U.S. “legations” of Damascus, Beirut, and Jerusalem between 1945 and 1965 will be published in a forthcoming book. Ambassador Abboud has previously taught political science at the Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut and given a course on the Arab Spring at Peking University. He currently lives in Washington DC, where he is a visiting professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. This semester he is teaching a course on relations between China and the Middle East from 1949 onward.