BiographyDr. Kéchichian 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, Dr. Kéchichian 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)]. He published Political Participation and Stability in the Sultanate of Oman, Dubai: Gulf Research Center, 2005, Oman and the World: The Emergence of an Independent Foreign Policy, Santa Monica: RAND (1995), and edited A Century in Thirty Years: Shaykh Zayed and the United Arab Emirates, Washington, D.C.: The Middle East Policy Council (2000), as well as Iran, Iraq, and the Arab Gulf States, New York: Palgrave (2001). In 2003, he co-authored (with R. Hrair Dekmejian) The Just Prince: A Manual of Leadership (London: Saqi Books), which includes a full translation of the Sulwan al-Muta` by Muhammad Ibn Zafar al-Siqilli.
In 2008, he published two new volumes, Power and Succession in Arab Monarchies, [Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, and Beirut: Riyad al-Rayyes Books, 2012—in 2 volumes for the Arabic translation], and Faysal: Saudi Arabia’s King for All Seasons [Gainesville, Florida: University Press of Florida and Beirut: Dar al-‘Arabiyyah lil-Mawsu‘at, 2012]. His newest book is Legal and Political Reforms in Sa‘udi Arabia, published by Routledge in December 2012, and he has just completed a companion volume to Faysal on ‘Iffat Al Thunayan: An Arabian Queen (London: Sussex Academic Press, 2015).
The Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. welcomed Kéchichian as a non-resident fellow in 2009-2010 and hosted him once again in 2012-2013 to work on a new Smith Richardson Foundation funded project on the Gulf Cooperation Council, which will result in a new book as well.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Arabian Peninsula Affairs. Succession matters in Arab Gulf Monarchies. Arab Politics.
As a Senior writer at Gulf News, I have the opportunity to comment on breaking news throughout the Arab World, where I travel extensively throughout the year.