Nawaf Obaid

Nawaf Obaid is senior fellow at King Faisal Center for Research & Islamic Studies in Riyadh and has been Managing Director, Saudi National Security Assessment Project.

CSIS Bio – Aug 2006

Nawaf Obaid is a Saudi national security and intelligence consultant based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is currently the managing director of the Saudi National Security Assessment Project. He is also an adjunct fellow in the Office of the Arleigh Burke Chair in Strategy at CSIS. Previously, he was a research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He was also the project director for a major study on Sino-Saudi energy rapprochement and its implications for U.S. national security, conducted for the director of net assessments in the Office of U.S. Secretary of Defense. His articles and opinion pieces have appeared in newspapers such as the Washington Post, New York Times, Financial Times, and International Herald Tribune. He is the author of The Oil Kingdom at 100: Petroleum Policymaking in Saudi Arabia (Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 2000) and coauthor, with Anthony H. Cordesman, of National Security in Saudi Arabia: Threats, Responses, and Challenges (Praeger/CSIS).