Bader Al-Saif

Nonresident Fellow
Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center

Bader Mousa Al-Saif is a nonresident fellow at the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where his research focuses on the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula.

Bader Mousa Al-Saif is a nonresident fellow at the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where his research focuses on the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula. Al-Saif is also assistant professor of history at Kuwait University. He holds a Ph.D. with distinction from Georgetown University.

Al-Saif focuses on the modern history and contemporary affairs of the Middle East, namely political and intellectual history, Islamic thought, reform dynamics, transnational trends, and gender studies. Al-Saif is the author of numerous publications, including “Musulman-e Marksisti: The Islamic Modernism of Ali Shariati in Religion vs. Religion” (2017); co-author of  “Higher Education and Contestation in the State of Kuwait After the Arab Spring: Identity Construction and Ideologies of Domination in the American University of Kuwait” (2016); and “Neither Fulul nor Ikhwan: Abdulrahman Yusuf and the Rise of an Alternative Current in Post-Morsi Egypt” (2015). He is the founding president of Al-Saif Consulting, specializing in public policy research, education, women and youth empowerment, and inter-religious dialogue in the Middle East. He has held senior roles in both the private and public sectors in Kuwait.

Al-Saif holds a master of education and a master of theology, both with honors from Harvard University, and a master of law with honors from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Al-Saif graduated summa cum laude from Boston College with a double major in political science and history.

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  • Battle of  the Barrels
    • July 07, 2021

    Battle of the Barrels

    The ongoing Saudi-Emirati spat over oil output reflects a wider change in regional power dynamics.

  • Favoring the Familiar
    • December 17, 2020

    Favoring the Familiar

    Kuwait’s new government has affirmed a sense of continuity, when the country’s problems require change.

  • Rescuing Kuwait
    • November 27, 2020

    Rescuing Kuwait

    As elections near, among the country’s priorities will be to address the shortcomings of its political system and its identity.

  • Kuwait’s Emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, Has Died
    • September 30, 2020

    Kuwait’s Emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, Has Died

    Spot analysis from Carnegie scholars on events relating to the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Another Invasion of Kuwait
    • August 11, 2020

    Another Invasion of Kuwait

    Corruption may represent an existential threat to the country, but it still remains widespread.

  • Hope in Space
    • July 13, 2020

    Hope in Space

    The United Arab Emirates plans a space mission to Mars this week, bolstering the country’s regional power status.

  • Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Sa‘id Al Sa‘id Has Died
    • January 13, 2020

    Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Sa‘id Al Sa‘id Has Died

    Spot analysis from Carnegie scholars on events relating to the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Change and Disappointing Continuity
    • December 19, 2019

    Change and Disappointing Continuity

    Kuwait’s new government may well have to manage irreconcilable impulses.

  • What a Month Can Mean
    • December 04, 2019

    What a Month Can Mean

    Kuwait’s cyclical crisis are a sign of how the political system replicates itself, with little change.

Education

Ph.D., History, Georgetown University
M.A., History, Georgetown University
Ed.M., Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
M.T.S., Theology, Harvard Divinity School
M.A., Law, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
B.A., Political Science and History, Boston College

Languages
  • Arabic
  • English
  • Spanish
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