Dr. Mohammed Al-Sudairi is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Asian Studies Unit at the KFCRIS. He joined the KFCRIS in October 2015. He obtained his PhD in Comparative Politics from the University of Hong Kong, his master's degree in International Relations from the Peking University and in International History from the London School of Economics (joint program), and his undergraduate degree in International Politics from the Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He is fluent in Arabic, English, and Chinese (Mandarin). His research interests encompass Sino-Middle Eastern relations, Islamic and leftist connections between East Asia and the Arab World, and Chinese politics.
Publications at the KFCRIS
"‘Chinese’ Development Zones in the Gulf: The Case of Kuwait’s North Economic Zone (Silk City),” Special Report, May 2020. (Co-authored with Alanoud Al-Sabah)
“Changing State-Religion Dynamics in Xi Jinping's China: And Its Consequences for Sino-Saudi Relations,” Dirasat 19, January 2017.
“Arab Encounters with Maoist China: Transnational Journeys, Diasporic Lives and Intellectual Discourses,” Third World Quarterly, 2020.
“A Near-Normalisation? Sino-Saudi Diplomatic Flirtations between 1955 and 1957,” Asian Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, 2020. (Co-authored with Tingyi Wang)
“Marx’s Arabian Apostles: The Rise and Fall of the Saudi Communist Movement,”The Middle East Journal, 73(3), 2019.
“China as the New Religious Frontier for the Da‘wah: Analyzing the Emergence of a China-oriented Missionary Impulse in Saudi Arabia,” Journal of Arabian Studies, 7(2), 2018.
“Adhering to the Ways of Our Western Brothers: Tracing Saudi Influences on the Development of Chinese Salafism,” Sociology of Islam, 4(1-2), 2016.