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Ali Shihabi

Ali Shihabi

علي سمير الشهابي

Founder, The Arabia Foundation

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Ali Shihabi is the Founder of the Arabia Foundation. A Saudi national, he graduated with a BA from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Ali began his career in Riyadh in 1985 in banking and finance. In 1999 he founded Rasmala, a GCC-focused private equity fund. In 2012, he took early retirement from banking to write two books: Arabian War Games, a work of fiction published in 2013, and The Saudi Kingdom: Between the Jihadi Hammer and the Iranian Anvil, published in 2015 as part of the Princeton University Series on the Middle East.


Select Publications:

Shihabi, Ali. “Mohammed bin Salman Is Here to Stay.” Foreign Policy. March 11, 2019.

Shihabi, Ali. Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, and their Oil-Exporting Peers: a Comparison. Washington, D.C.: Arabia Foundation, March 2019.

Shihabi, Ali. “Saudi Arabia Post the Khashoggi Tragedy.” Arabia Foundation. November 2, 2018.

Shihabi, Ali. “Is Saudi Arabia Really So Angry at Canada Over a Tweet?” The New York Times. August 13, 2018.

Shihabi, Ali. “Scapegoating Saudi Arabia won’t help us fight terrorism.” Washington Post. May 31, 2017.

Shihabi, Ali. The Saudi Kingdom: Between the Jihadi Hammer and the Iranian Anvil. Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2016.

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