Political Economy

The Political Economy Unit was created in 2017. The Unit covers a range of key issues concerning the political economy of Saudi Arabia, including energy, economic diversification, labour market, human capital development, and Saudi Arabia's economic relations with other countries. The Energy Studies Unit, which existed between 2015 and 2016, has been merged into this Unit.

Contact: myamada@kfcris.com




Makio Yamada, Research Fellow

Publications at the KFCRIS:

"King Salman's Visit to Tokyo: In Search of New Concepts for Saudi-Japanese Relations", Commentary, 2017.

"Saudi Vision 2030 and the Transformation of Saudi-Japanese Economic Relations", Special Report, 2017.




Faris Al-Sulayman, Research Fellow

Publications at the KFCRIS:

"Distributed Renewables and the Shaping of the New Saudi Economy", Commentary, 2017.

Othman Almazyad, Research Fellow


Associate Fellow


Mark C. Thompson, Senior Associate Fellow

Assistant Professor, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

Publications at the KFCRIS:

“Youth Perceptions of ‘Uneven Globalization’ in Saudi Arabia”, Commentary, 2017.


Honorary Fellow


Sadad Al-Husseini

Founder, Husseini Energy / Former Executive Vice President, Saudi Aramco


Past Fellow


Noura Al Saud, Head of the Energy Studies Unit, 2015-16

Publications at the KFCRIS:

"A New Price Era in a Time of Climate Action: Towards a Resilient and Responsive Saudi Economy", Commentary, 2016 (co-authored with Mashael Al-Shalan).

"Addressing Claims on Saudi Arabia's Oil Market Motivations", Commentary, 2015.





Lecture: Steffen Hertog (London School of Economics), "Can We Saudize the Labor Market without Damaging the Private Sector?", 12 December 2017.

Workshop: "Vision 2030: Opportunities and Challenges", Brussels, 1 December 2017 (co-hosted with the European Council on Foreign Relations).

Book Launch: Mark C. Thompson & Neil Quilliam, "Policy-Making in the GCC: State, Citizens and Institutions", 8 November 2017. 

Lecture: Mark C. Thompson, "Being Young Male, and Saudi: Identity and Politics in a Globalized Kingdom", 20 April 2017.

Lecture: Makio Yamada, "The Political Economy of East Asia-Saudi Arabia Relations", University of Hong Kong, 13 March 2017 (in collaboration with the Asian Studies Unit).

Presentation: Makio Yamada, “Economic Transition in Saudi Arabia”, Workshop with the German Federal Academy for Security Policy, 20 February 2017.

2016 (Energy Studies Unit)

Lecture: Steffen Hertog (London School of Economics), "Why Are Gulf Rulers So Generous to Their Populations?: Historical Reasons and Current Consequences", 17 May 2016.

Lecture: Jason Bordoff (Columbia University), "Oil Price Collapse and Changing Energy Landscape: US Perspectives and Implications for Saudi Arabia", 13 April 2016.


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