David Kenner – Saudi Arabia

David Kenner – Saudi Arabia


David Kenner is exploring the economic changes underway in Saudi Arabia. He is focusing on how the new generation of Saudis is adapting to that change, and its members’ hopes for the years ahead. David has reported widely from across the Middle East for more than a decade. He was Foreign Policy‘s Middle East editor from 2013 until 2018, when he guided the magazine’s regional coverage while based in Egypt and Lebanon. A lifelong student of Arabic, David is a graduate of Georgetown University, and also attended the American University of Beirut. He is particularly interested in how American values and interests intersect with Middle Eastern politics.


Dispatches from David Kenner


  • Saudi education 101

    Saudi education 101

    • David Kenner
    • January 17, 2020
    How the kingdom’s schools and universities shape its youth.
  • Saudi Arabia’s quiet frontier

    Saudi Arabia’s quiet frontier

    • David Kenner
    • January 6, 2020
    When viewed from the kingdom’s deep south, political and economic life look different than in the bustling capital.
  • Lebanon in uncharted territory

    Lebanon in uncharted territory

    • David Kenner
    • October 22, 2019
    It’s far from clear how the government can square the need for economic austerity with protesters’ steadily mounting demands.