Visiting Scholars

Mohammed Turki A Al-Sudairi


  • Bio


• The University of Hong Kong (September 2015 - ongoing) Doctoral Program in Comparative Politics (Supervisor: Dr. Yan Xiaojun.)  

• Peking University-London School of Economics (September 2013 – June 2015) Double Degree Program in International Relations and International History (Distinction.) Dissertation Titles: Saudi Influences on the development of Chinese Salafism (PKU), Days of the Cadillac: The Transnational Life of the Saudi Communist Movement (LSE.) 

• Tsinghua University (September 2011 – July 2013) Chinese Language Program.

• Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (September 2007 – May 2011) Bachelor of Science in International Relations (Summa cum Laude, 3.94/4 GPA.) 

• The University of Hong Kong (September 2009 – May 2010) Undergraduate Exchange. 

Professional Experience

• King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (October 2015 – ongoing) [Riyadh, Saudi Arabia]

Non-Resident Researcher at the Asia Unit. Research focuses mostly on China’s engagement with the Middle East, leftist transnational ties, as well as Sinophone Islam. 

• The Gulf Research Center (March 2012 – December 2015) [Jeddah, Saudi Arabia]

Non-Resident Research Affiliate on Asian issues. Published three separate studies with the GRC dealing with Gulf-China relations: "Sino-Saudi Relations: An Economic History", "South Korea-GCC Economic Relations: An Overview" and "China in the Eye of the Saudi Media." Produced a number of reports on GCC-ASEAN relations.

• Harvard University – Gulf Urbanism Project (May 2011- July 2012) [Doha, Qatar] 

Research assistant. Helped write up a number of socio-cultural reports regarding the historical development of Gulf cities (7000-10,000 words each.) Case studies included the cities of Doha, Dammam, Kuwait, Manamah, Muscat, Bandar Abbas, and Bandar Lengeh. Reports will be adapted into chapters for the Gulf Urbanism Encyclopedia produced jointly by the Harvard School of Architecture and Musherib (Qatar's semi-public development body.)


• Silk Roads Associates (January 2012 – June 2012) [Hong Kong, China] 

Intern. Work mainly revolved around research and data collection on such topics such as Gulf tourism to China, cost analysis and economic synergies in the areas of petroleum and oil derivative industries (fertilizers, petrochemicals...etc.) between Saudi Arabia and China, as well as growing macro-economic ties between China and 'Islamic economies.' 

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