Lost in the furor over what Moscow did or did not do, and what effects it did or did not have, is the broader question of what this incident says about Russian intentions and aims. Just how unusual was it for great powers to interfere in a democracy’s electoral processes, and just how outraged should Americans be by the alleged activities?
Nawaf Obaid is a Visiting Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs since September 2012. He is a Senior Lecturer at the London Academy of Diplomacy at Stirling University, a Distinguished International Affairs Fellow at the National Council on U.S. Arab Relations and a Senior Fellow at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.
Currently, he serves as the CEO of the Essam and Dalal Obaid Foundation (EDOF).
From 2004 to 2007, he was Special Advisor for Strategic Communications to Prince Turki Al Faisal, while Prince Turki was the Saudi Ambassador to the United Kingdom & Ireland, and then the United States. And from 2007 to 2011, he worked with the Saudi Royal Court. Most recently, he served as the Special Counselor to Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf, Saudi ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2011 to 2015.
He has been a Research Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) and the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS).
He has a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and has a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He began his doctoral coursework at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Political Science Department and completed a Master & Doctorate in War Studies from the Department of War Studies at King's College, London University.
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