Former US Congressman visits Gulf University for Science & Technology

Mr. John Boccieri, a former member of the US House of Representatives from 2009 – 2011, visited GUST on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 to present a talk on ‘The President and the Congress: Political Impasse and Cooperation’. The talk was jointly organized by the A. M. Al-Refai Library and the Center for Global Studies at GUST in collaboration with the American Embassy in Kuwait. The attendees included a large number of students, a few faculty and staff members.

Dr. Mohammed Nuruzzaman introduced the guest speaker to the audience and moderated the talk. Mr. Boccieri, a ‘Democrat’ by beliefs and convictions, shared his political insights, electoral campaign skills that could win voters’ hearts and minds, and personal political experiences in the Congress. Talking about his moderate family background of Italian origin, he candidly communicated to the audience the story of his political rise to the US Congress. Students found the talk very interesting and were highly impressed with Mr. Boccieri’s interactive style of presentations/discussions which mainly focused on the relationships between the US president and the Congress.

The talk provoked a series of intelligent questions which were raised by GUST students on related important issues like the shutdown of federal government, reactions of foreign powers to the recent political deadlock on the Capitol Hill, former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s prospects of being elected as the next US president, President Obama’s healthcare plan, and so on. The talk lasted for an hour and ended with a note of sincere thanks to Mr. Boccieri for his time and enlightening lecture.