The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with Nawaf Obaid, Belfer Center Visiting Fellow, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

Nawaf Obaid, named a visiting fellow at the Belfer Center for 2012-2013, is a prominent analyst of his native Saudi Arabia and the wider Arab world. Currently, Nawaf is a counselor to both Prince Mohammad bin Nawaf, Saudi ambassador to the United Kingdom, and Prince Turki Al Faisal, who served as Saudi ambassador to the United States and was the longtime director of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence service.

Over the past decade, Nawaf has worked in the policy development field, either making policy or researching it. From 2004 to 2007, Nawaf was Special Advisor for National Security Affairs to Prince Turki, while he was the Saudi Ambassador to the United States. He has been a research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the Center for Strategic & International Studies, and the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.  

Nawaf is a graduate of Georgetown University’s  Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and has a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is currently completing work on his Doctorate of Philosophy in War Studies at London University (King’s College).


As space is limited for this event, RSVPs will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Belfer Center Lunches are strictly off-the-record. By requesting to attend the lunch, attendees agree that they will comply with the Belfer Center's policy against recording or disclosing the contents of the lunch. Access is conditioned on  compliance with these restrictions. The Center will exclude violators from future events and pursue all available legal options against them.