Abdullah bin Khaled Al Saud

Security Studies

Dr. Abdullah Al-Saud is the Director of Research, and Head of the Security Studies Research Unit at King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS). He is also an Assistant Professor at the College of Strategic Sciences at Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS) in Riyadh. Between September 2016 and March 2018, he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR), King’s College London.


His research interests include security studies in general, with a special focus on radicalisation, terrorism, armed non-state actors, political violence, and the ideology of political Islamism. Abdullah’s work has been published by a number of leading academic journals and newspapers in both Arabic and English. He holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from King’s College London, an MA in International Peace and Security from King’s College London, and a BA in Law from King Saud University.


Latest publications

(2018) ‘Saudi Efforts in Countering Violent Extremism’, in Vidino, Lorenzo. De-Radicalization in the Mediterranean. Milano: Italian Institute for International Political Studies. P.139-152. https://www.ispionline.it/en/pubblicazione/de-radicalization-mediterranean-21009 https://www.ispionline.it/sites/default/files/pubblicazioni/mediterraneo_def_web.pdf

(2018) ‘The Spiritual Teacher and his Truants: The Influence and Relevance of Abu Mohammad al-Maqdisi’, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 41(9), pp. 736-757. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1057610X.2017.1338057

(2017) ‘Deciphering IS's Narrative and Activities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’, Terrorism and Political Violence. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09546553.2017.1378645

(2017) ‘The Tranquillity Campaign: A Beacon of Light in the Dark World Wide Web’, Perspectives on Terrorism, 11(2), 58-64. http://www.terrorismanalysts.com/pt/index.php/pot/article/view/596/html

Co-authored with Mahlouly, D. (2019) 'Trump's Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Conspiratorialism in the Arab Media Sphere', In: Happer, C, Hoskins, A. and Merrin,W. Eds., Trump's Media War (London: Palgrave McMillan)

(2019) ‘The ISIL Jihadists of Saudi Arabia’, in Satvinder S. Juss, Beyond Human Rights and the War on Terror (Routledge: New York).

(Forthcoming report 2018) The Saudi Foreign Fighters: Analysis of the ISIL Leaked Entry Documents, (KFCRIS & ICSR)

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