Said Bakr

Research Associate, AGSIW

Said Bakr is a research associate in political economy at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. His interests include energy security and geopolitical dynamics, strategic interests of global powers in the region, sovereign wealth funds, and economic diversification efforts in the Gulf states. Bakr is an MA candidate at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a BA in political science in 2019.


Prior to joining AGSIW, Bakr worked in the wealth management industry for two years, developing a solid understanding of capital markets and securities. He also interned at the Gulf International Forum, where he analyzed qualitative and quantitative data on economic and political issues in the region. Bakr is a native Arabic speaker and possesses a working knowledge of Persian.

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Saudi Arabia’s and the UAE’s Quest for African Critical Minerals

Saudi and Emirati efforts to expand the countries’ presence in Africa’s critical mineral industry bring the potential for both economic collaboration and geopolitical tension with China.