November 22

Professor Bernard Haykel

Saudi Arabia and the Balance of Power in the Middle East

Member-only Briefing

Monday, November 22, 2021 | 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM ET


Since becoming Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman moved forward with plans to transform Saudi Arabia from an oil-dependent region to an economic powerhouse, unveiled policies that run counter to traditional values, and raised international ire with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. As the Kingdom’s domestic situation changes, so too does its geopolitical one. How are Saudi Arabia’s actions shaping regional dynamics, particularly vis a vis Yemen, Lebanon, and Iran? How will U.S.- Saudi relations change now that the Biden administration is in charge? Join us for our member-only discussion on Monday, November 22nd at 6 PM EST, with Prof. Bernard Haykel, Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Director of the Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East at Princeton University, to learn about Saudi Arabia’s ambitions for future economic and diplomatic growth.


Professor Bernard Haykel

Bernard Haykel is a scholar of the Middle East and focuses on the history, politics and economics of the Arabian Peninsula. He is professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University where he is also director of the Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East. Professor Haykel is presently completing a book on Saudi Arabia’s political history that will be published by Princeton University Press. He is considered an authority on Islamist political movements and Islamic law and is the author of numerous articles on the politics of Saudi Arabia and Yemen, Salafism, al-Qaeda and ISIS. Haykel has supervised over 10 PhD dissertations that deal with Arabian politics and history and he has received several prominent awards, such as the Prize Fellowship at Magdalen College, Oxford, the Carnegie Corporation and Guggenheim fellowships and the Old Dominion Professorship at Princeton. Professor Haykel appears frequently in print and broadcast media, including PBS, NPR, the New York Times, Project Syndicate and the BBC among others. He earned his D.Phil. in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford.





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