Joseph A. Kéchichian

The Office of the Chairman

Dr. Kéchichian is a Senior Research Fellow at the Office of the Chairman of KFCRIS. He is also the CEO of Kéchichian & Associates, LLC. He obtained his PhD in Foreign Affairs from University of Virginia in 1985. He taught at University of Virginia between 1986 and 1988, and assumed the assistant deanship in international studies at the same university between 1988 and 1989. He was a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University under US State Department Title VIII Program in 1989, and an Associate Political Scientist at RAND Corporation and a lecturer at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) between 1990 and 1996. He was a fellow at UCLA's Gustav E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies between 1998 and 2001, with Smith Richardson Foundation grant (1998-99). He served as the Honorary Consul of the Sultanate of Oman in Los Angeles between 2006 and 2011.

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Publications at KFCRIS

"Strategic Choices Facing the Lebanese Armed Forces in the Twenty-first Century," Special Report, 2021. (Co-authored with Francisco Salvador Barroso Cortés)

"Can Turkey and Iran Lead the Muslim World?," Commentary, 2020

"Target Saudi Arabia: An Examination of Damaging Narratives," Special Report, 2020. 

"Can Lebanon Be Saved? Only if Citizens Reinvent Their Society and Avoid a New Civil War," Commentary, 2020.

"How Does China View the Middle East, and Can It Benefit from Expanding Regional Opportunities?," Commentary, 2019.

"Who Writes Arab History?," Dirasat, 2016.

"Barack Obama’s Legacy in the Middle East," Dirasat, 2015.


Books and Edited-Volumes

The Arab Nationalist Advisor: Shaykh Yusuf Yassin of Sa‘udi Arabia, Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, forthcoming.

From Alliance to Union: Challenges Facing Gulf Cooperation Council States in the Twenty-First Century, Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2016.

‘Iffat Al Thunayan: An Arabian Queen, Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2014.

Legal and Political Reforms in Saudi Arabia, London: Routledge, 2012.

Power and Succession in Arab Monarchies: A Reference Guide, Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2008.

Faysal: Saudi Arabia’s King for All Seasons, Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2008.

Extremism & Opposition Movements on the Arabian Peninsula, New Delhi: Observer Research Foundation, 2006.

Political Participation and Stability in the Sultanate of Oman, Dubai: Gulf Research Center, 2005.

The Just Prince: A Manual of Leadership, London: Dar Al Saqi Books, 2003. (co-authored with R. Hrair Dekmejian)

Succession in Saudi Arabia, New York: Palgrave, 2001.

Iran, Iraq, and the Arab Gulf States, New York: Palgrave, 2001. (edited)

A Century in Thirty Years: Shaykh Zayed and the United Arab Emirates, Washington, D.C.: The Middle East Policy Council, 2000. (edited)