Dr Ahmed Al-Garni

Dr Ahmed Al-Garni

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Ahmed Algarni holds a Ph.D. in the Sciences of History and Philology (Sciences historiques et philologiques) from the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris. He has two Master’s degrees in Modern History from Paris-Sorbonne University–Paris4 and in Military Sciences from the Saudi Armed Forces Command and Staff College. Algarni is a holder of two Bachelor degrees in International Relations from L'Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and in Strategic Sciences and Military Art from École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr in France.

Algarni retired in May 2017 as a Brigadier General who served in the Saudi Army for 27 years. During his career, he occupied various positions, starting from a unit commander and project management officer to a lecturer at the Saudi Staff College. After this, he undertook key strategic roles including Senior Analyst, Director of Strategic Studies and Research at the Ministry of Defence, and Advisor in the Office of the Minister of Defence HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Throughout his career, Algarni has attended many specific training courses inside his country of origin and abroad in various international institutions from which he obtained a number of diplomas and certificates. Algarni attended the NATO Regional Cooperation Course (NRCC) at the NATO Defence College (NDC), Rom, as well as the Global Strategic Analysis and Strategic Studies Courses at the Centre for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) and RAND. He achieved a Joint Professional Military Education Course (JPME 11) under the supervision of the US National Defence University.

Algarni has authored The Conflict of Strategies in The Arabian Gulf, published in March 2017, and has just written a book on strategic thinking and national security. Finally, he published with others a book titled The March of the Gulf Cooperation; Current Challenges, and Possible Scenarios published in January 2015.

During the last 8 years, Algarni has conducted over 20 studies for private purposes, written report papers, and given more than 100 lectures. In addition to this, he has taken part and participated in more than 50 workshops and international conferences.

Algarni is a member of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) founding committee in Riyadh and is strongly involved in National Transformation Program specifically related to security and defence strategies.

Since 2013, he has been a visiting lecturer at the Saudi War College, Naïf College for National Security, Turki Al-Faisal Academy for Intelligence, and an External Examiner at Naïf Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS).

Ahmed Algarni (Ph.D.) is currently Vice-President of the Arabian Gulf Centre for Iranian Studies (AGCIS) based in Riyadh, and an academic visitor at St Antony's College, Oxford University. His areas of interest include: questions related to the Arabian Gulf, conflict, security, and Islam in contemporary international relations.