Joseph A.  Kechichian Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Joseph A. Kechichian

Senior Fellow
King Faisal Center for Research & Islamic Studies

A Senior Fellow at the King Faisal Center for Research & Islamic Studies in Riyadh, Sa‘udi Arabia, Joseph A. Kéchichian is also the CEO of Kéchichian & Associates, LLC, a consulting partnership that provides analysis on the Arabian/Persian Gulf region, ; as well as a Senior Writer with the Dubai-based Gulf News, which is the top-ranked English-language news daily in the United Arab Emirates, available online at


Dr. 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.


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