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, and human capital development. The Energy Studies Unit, which existed between 2015 and 2016, has been merged into this Unit.
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.
"A Decade of the Saudi National Dialogue, 2003-2013", Masarat, 2014 (anonymous).
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), "Wealth Sharing in the GCC and its Effect on Living Standards", 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.