Dr. Makio Yamada investigates economic diversification in Saudi Arabia, and Saudi Arabia’s economic relations with East Asian countries. He is currently a Research Fellow at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Saudi Arabia. Previously, he was a Teaching Fellow at the SOAS University of London and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. He received his DPhil in International Relations and MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford (St Antony’s College). His publications include: GCC-East Asia Relations in the Fields of Nuclear and Renewable Energy: Opportunities and Barriers. Oxford Institute for Energy Studies Paper, MEP14, September 2016; “Vision 2030 and the Birth of Saudi Solar Energy”, Middle East Institute Policy Focus, July 2016; “Saudi Arabia's Look-East Diplomacy: Ten Years On”, Middle East Policy, 22 (4), 2015: 121-139. “Battle against the Thawb Syndrome: Labor Nationalization, Industrial Diversification, and Education Reform in Saudi Arabia”, Gulf Affairs, Autumn 2015: 17-20; “Saudi Manufacturing: Can Monozukuri Take Root in the Kingdom?”, in Annika Kropf and Mohamed A. Ramady (ed.) Employment and Career Motivation in the Arab Gulf States: The Rentier Mentality Revisited. (Berlin: Gerlach Press, 2015), 223-242; “Islam, Energy, and Development: Taiwan and China in Saudi Arabia, 1949-2013”, American Journal of Chinese Studies, 22 (1), 2015: 77-98; and “Gulf-Asia Relations as 'Post-Rentier' Diversification?: The Case of the Petrochemical Industry in Saudi Arabia”, Journal of Arabian Studies, 1 (1), 2011: 99-116.
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