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, and human capital development. 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

Othman Almazyad, Research 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.

"A Decade of the Saudi National Dialogue, 2003-2013", Masarat, 2014 (anonymous).



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: 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.

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