Hesham Alghannam
Nonresident Scholar, Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center


Hesham Alghannam is a nonresident scholar at the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center. His research focuses on policy and strategy in Saudi Arabia and abroad, fieldwork in conflict zones, ballistic missiles, the political economy of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, social movements, the Arab uprisings, political Islam, war strategies and crisis management, Iran’s nuclear program, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, radicalization, and the conflict between the GCC states and Iran. He is the director general of the Strategic Studies and National Security Programs at Naif Arab University for Security Sciences. He has also worked with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, and the Gulf Research Centre. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Exeter.

areas of expertise
Ph.D., University of Exeter
English, Arabic

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Fighters affiliated with Syria's "Hayat Tahrir al-Sham" (HTS) rebel-group display drugs previously seized at a checkpoint they control in Daret Ezza, in the western countryside of the northern Aleppo province, on April 10, 2022
Border Traffic: How Syria Uses Captagon to Gain Leverage Over Saudi Arabia

Bashar al-Assad’s regime has used the drug partly as a means of ensuring that Syria is reintegrated into the Arab world, allowing its leadership to reinforce its position after years of isolation and conflict.

· July 9, 2024
China’s Evolving Economic and Security Role in the Middle East

The advantage that China has over other global powers, especially America, is that its foreign policy is closely aligned with those of many of the Middle Eastern countries.

· March 20, 2024
Carnegie Global Dialogue: China and the Middle East
March 12, 2024

How will China-Middle East relations evolve in the years to come?

Biden’s Trip to Saudi Arabia: Successes and Failures

Biden’s visit produced a few tangible gains but also raised questions about the future of Saudi-American relations.

· August 11, 2022
Biden’s Trip to the Middle East
July 7, 2022

Join us on Thursday, July 7 from 16:00 until 17:30 Beirut time for a panel discussion with Hesham Alghannam, Dana El Kurd, Aaron David Miller, Ahmed Nagi and Maha Yahya, as they explore the main issues directing Biden’s agenda during his visit and what the possible outcomes of the trip may be.