Generation MBS: Understanding Social and Political Change in Saudi Arabia


Thursday, October 25, 2018, 5:00pm to 6:30pm


CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The CMES Arabian Peninsula Studies Lecture Series and the Middle East Forum present

Kristin Smith DiwanKristin Smith Diwan
Senior resident scholar, Arab Gulf States Institute, Washington, DC

Kristin Smith Diwan is a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. She works in both comparative politics and international relations and specializes in Arab and Islamist politics. Her current projects concern generational change, and the evolution of Islamism in the GCC.  Her analyses and commentary on Gulf affairs have appeared in many publications, among them Geopolitics, Foreign Affairs, the Financial Times, and the Washington Post.  

Diwan was previously an assistant professor at the American University School of International Service. She has held visiting scholar positions at both the George Washington University Institute for Middle East Studies and the Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies.  From 2013-2014 she served as a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council Hariri Center for the Middle East where she published on youth movements and participated in the Strategic Dialogue for a New US-Gulf Partnership.
Diwan received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University, and holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She completed her undergraduate degree at Baylor University in Texas, her home state.

Co-sponsors: CMES Arabian Peninsula Studies Lecture Series, CMES Middle East Forum
Contact: Liz Flanagan