The Project on Saudi and Gulf Cooperation Council Security focuses on national and regional security issues in the Gulf.  Made possible through a gift from HRH Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, the Project uses research, reports, events, and a speaker series to explore and present ideas and recommendations for the United States and allies/partners in the Saudi/GCC region so they can work more effectively together to maintain security and stability.

The project gathers insights and understanding from current and former national security practitioners from the United States and from the region such as ambassadors from the Gulf States and Gulf State military experts.

The Project on Saudi and Gulf Cooperation Council Security is made possible through a gift from HRH Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia. 


Bottom Lines

  • WHO: Harvard graduate students and fellows with interested in or currently researching terrorism and Middle East (especially GCC) security issues.

  • WHAT: Harvard delegation to the King Faisal Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia sponsored by the Saudi & GCC Security Project. Participants will present their research, attend lectures and participate in focus group, interact with local students and families, visit and enjoy the culture of various cities in Saudi Arabia.
  • WHERE: Riyadh, Al Ula, Jeddah, and Dammam
  • WHEN: 2019 dates TBD.
  • WHY: (1) Present and promote the research being done at Harvard (2) To facilitate dialogue and promote cultural exchange amongst students and experts researching Gulf security and terrorism issues (3) To strengthen and grow the relationship between Harvard and the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies

  • HOW: Email a CV/resume and interest statement to Caitlin_chase@hks.harvard.edu

Student Delegation to Saudi Arabia

The Saudi & GCC Security Project is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new educational program that is offering a small delegation of Harvard students and fellows the chance to experience the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and witness firsthand the huge changes that are happening today, in this ever-evolving global powerhouse.

The Saudi & GCC Security Project at Harvard Kennedy School is partnering with the King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies and Gateway KSA, a company that specializes in organizing educational trips to Saudi Arabia, to offer Harvard graduate students and fellows an annual university-sponsored trip to the Kingdom.

The trip offers students a multifaceted approach to learning, driven by authentic, real-world experiences, and will include the opportunity to present and discuss research being done at Harvard, and participate in lectures and focus groups at the King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies.

During this nine-day trip, students visit the King Faisal Centere for Research and Islamic Studies and see the sights of Riyadh, Al Ula, Jeddah, and Dammam. There are multiple opportunities for interaction and cultural exchange with local students and families. Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, the Director of the Intelligence Project and Saudi & GCC Security Project at Harvard Kennedy School, leads the trip.

Applications for the Spring 2019 trip will open in September 2018. Please reach out to Caitlin_chase@hks.harvard.edu with any questions.

For further information on the Gateway KSA program, please visit their website at: www.gatewayksa.com


 

Student Research

The Saudi & GCC Security Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs offers opportunities for student researchers interested in topics surrounding how policy, intelligence, and security issues impact on the Gulf region.

The research will be conducted under the advisement of expert “mentors” from the HKS community, including the Director of the Saudi & GCC Security Project and Intelligence Project at the Belfer Center, Rolf Mowatt-Larssen. Finished products will not receive a grade or academic credits, and Saudi & GCC Security Project will publish worthy products and present research through the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs upon completion.

If interested, please send a CV/resume and a short proposal outlining your research interests and background to Caitlin_chase@hks.harvard.edu.