Ali Al-Ahmed is a Saudi scholar and expert on Saudi political affairs including terrorism, Islamic movements, Wahhabi Islam, Saudi political history, Saudi American relations, and the al-Saud family history. He is a writer, and invited speaker on Saudi political issues.
A frequent consultant to major world media outlets including CBS News, CNN, PBS, Fox News, Washington Post, and Associated Press, Al-Ahmed has been widely quoted in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Boston Globe and other newspapers in several languages.
He is educated in Winona Minnesota and Saint Thomas University in Saint Paul, in bachelor of journalism, political science and masters of international finance respectively.
He is affiliated with the Saudi Institute.
- The Saudi Institute
- Arabia News (Saudi Information Agency)
- Julian Borger, US plans to shift base away from S. Arabia: Opposition to Iraq attack, Dawn, March 28, 2002: "Ali Al-Ahmed, a Saudi human rights activist who runs the Washington-based Saudi Institute and the Saudi Information Agency."
- Daniel Pipes, Interview with Ali Al-Ahmed, August 27, 2002.
- Ismail Royer, 'Pro-Democracy' Think Tank is Front for Israeli Lobby, antiwar.com, September 26, 2002: "A new think tank reports it has 'joined forces' with a Saudi dissident (what are they, the Wonder Twins?) in the neocon campaign to smear the Saudi government and Saudi-based Islamic groups. The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) and the so-called Saudi Institute, a one-man show run by disgruntled Shi'ite Ali Al-Ahmed, claim in a new report that Saudi Arabian religious authorities are spreading 'hate literature.'" (Note: In January 2004, Royer pleaded guilty to weapons and explosives charges in the prosecution of an alleged Islamic terrorist network in Virginia.)