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Joseph A. Kechichian



Senior Research Fellow Joseph A. Kechichian is a Senior Fellow at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS), in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; the CEO of Kechichian & Associates, LLC; and a Senior Writer with the Dubai-based Gulf News. He served as the Honorary Consul of the Sultanate of Oman in Los Angeles, California, between 2006 and 2011. Dr. Kechichian received his doctorate in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1985, where he also taught (1986-1988), and assumed the assistant deanship in international studies (1988- 1989). In the summer of 1989, he was a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University (under the U.S. State Department Title VIII Program). Between 1990 and 1996, he labored at the Santa Monica- based RAND Corporation as an Associate Political Scientist, and was a lecturer at the University of California in Los Angeles. Between 1998 and 2001, Kechichian was a fellow at UCLA’s Gustav E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies, where he held a Smith Richardson Foundation grant (1998-1999) to compose Succession in Saudi Arabia, New York: Palgrave (2001) and Beirut and London: Dar Al Saqi (2002, 2003 [2nd ed.]) (for the Arabic translation). Publications: From Alliance to Union: Challenges Facing Gulf Cooperation Council States in the Twenty-First Century, Brighton, Chicago, Toronto: Sussex Academic Press (forthcoming July 2016) The Al Sa‘ud Consigliere: Shaykh Yusuf Yassin of Sa‘udi Arabia, Brighton, Chicago, Toronto: Sussex Academic Press (forthcoming June 2016) ‘Iffat Al Thunayan: An Arabian Queen, Brighton, Chicago, Toronto: Sussex Academic Press, 2015. Legal and Political Reforms in Saudi Arabia, London and New York: Routledge, November 2012 (January 2013 for the paperback edition) [translated into Arabic as Al-Islahat al-Qanuniyyah wal-Siyasiyyah fil-Mamlakah al-‘Arabiyyah al-Sa‘udiyyah, Beirut and London: Riad El-Rayyes Books, forthcoming in late 2014]. Power and Succession in Arab Monarchies, Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2008 [translated into Arabic as Al-Sultah wa-Ta‘aqub al-Hukm fil-Mamalikah al-‘Arabiyyah, 2 volumes, Beirut and London: Riad El-Rayyes Books, 2012]. Faysal: Saudi Arabia’s King for All Seasons, Gainesville, Florida: University Press of Florida, 2008 [translated into Arabic as Faysal: Al-Malik wal-Dawlah, Beirut: Dar al-‘Arabiyyah lil-Mawsu‘at, 2012]. Extremism & Opposition Movements on the Arabian Peninsula, New Delhi, India: 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 (co-authoring with R. Hrair Dekmejian), London: Dar Al Saqi Books (2003). [translated into Turkish as Adil Hükümdar, Istanbul: Kirmizi Kedi Yayenevi, 2009]. Iran, Iraq, and the Arab Gulf States, New York: Palgrave (2001). Succession in Saudi Arabia, New York: Palgrave (2001) and Beirut and London: Dar Al Saqi (2002, 2003 [2nd ed.]) (for the Arabic translation). A Century in Thirty Years: Shaykh Zayed and the United Arab Emirates (editing), Washington, D.C.: The Middle East Policy Council (2000).


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