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Nawaf Obaid



Saudi nationalism and nation-state building

Research interests

  • Saudi national security & defence doctrine
  • Political economy of the Arab world
  • International security & intelligence issues
  • Geopolitics of oil and energy security


Professor Yezid Sayigh

Professor Anatol Lieven


Nawaf Obaid is a visiting fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science & International Aaffairs.

Currently, he is a counselor to both Prince Mohammad bin Nawaf, Saudi ambassador to the United Kingdom, and Prince Turki Al Faisal, who served as Saudi ambassador to the United States and was the longtime director of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence service.

From 2004 to 2007, he was was Special Advisor for National Security Affairs to Prince Turki Al Faisal while Prince Turki was the Saudi Ambassador to the United Kingdom & Ireland, and then the United States. He has been a research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), and the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh.

He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and has a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. He began his doctoral work at MIT's Political Science Department and is currently completing work on his Doctorate of Philosophy in War Studies at London University (King’s College).

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