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H.R.H. Prince Turki Al Faisal (B’68)

Former Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Kingdom (2003) and United States (2005-2006)
Former Director of Saudi Arabia General Intelligence Directorate

Location: Georgetown Public Policy Institute
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Prince Turki Al Faisal

Here, H.R.H. Prince Turki Al Faisal reflects on his time at Georgetown in the mid-60s. He recalls the questioning, introspection and even “extrospection” of his American friends. During his first year at Georgetown, he organized a conference on Islam. He says, “to have an Islamic conference at a Jesuit university was a breakthrough in those days.” From 1977-2001, Prince Turki was director general of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency. He was ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Kingdom in 2003 and ambassador to the United States from 2005-2006.

Prince Turki is a commissioner at the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament. He is one of the founders of the King Faisal Foundation, and he serves as chairman of the board of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Prince Turki is the grandson of the late King Abdul Aziz Al Saud and the son of the late King Faisal Ibn Abdul Aziz Al Saud.

Additional Resources

King Faisal Foundation
http://www.kff.com/

International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament
http://www.icnnd.org/

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