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Makio Yamada



Dr. Yamada joined the KFCRIS in September 2016. He was appointed Head of the Political Economy Unit in July 2017. Before joining the KFCRIS, he was a Teaching Fellow at the SOAS University of London and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. He obtained his D.Phil. in International Relations and M.Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford.

Publications at the KFCRIS

“How Did Japan Achieve a 1% Unemployment Rate?: Facilitating the Education-to-Employment Transition”, Dirasat, 2018.

“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.

Major Works

“Saudi Manufacturing: Can Monozukuri Take Root in the Kingdom?”, in Annika Kropf and Mohamed A. Ramady (ed.) Employment and Career Motivation in the Arab Gulf States: The Rentier Mentality Revisited, Gerlach Press, 2015.

“Battle against the Thawb Syndrome: Labor Nationalization, Industrial Diversification, and Education Reform in Saudi Arabia”, Gulf Affairs (OxGAPS), Autumn 2015.

“Saudi Arabia’s Look-East Diplomacy: Ten Years On”, Middle East Policy, 2015.

“Gulf-Asia Relations as ‘Post-Rentier’ Diversification?: The Case of the Petrochemical Industry in Saudi Arabia”, Journal of Arabian Studies, 2011.


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