Simon Henderson

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From the Henry Jackson Society event profile: [1]

Simon Henderson is the Baker fellow and director of the Gulf and Energy Policy Program at The Washington Institute, specializing in energy matters and the conservative Arab states of the Persian Gulf. A former journalist with the Financial Times, Mr. Henderson worked as a consultant advising corporations and governments on the Persian Gulf and was an associate of the Institute from 1999. Before his twenty-one-year career with the Financial Times, he worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation. He served as a foreign correspondent in Pakistan in 1977-78, and reported from Iran during the 1979 Islamic revolution and seizure of the U.S. embassy.
Mr. Henderson writes and appears frequently in the media discussing the internal political dynamics of the House of Saud, energy developments, events in Iraq, and Pakistan's nuclear program, including the work of Pakistani nuclear scientist A. Q. Khan.
In 1994, The Washington Institute published Mr. Henderson's Policy Paper After King Fahd: Succession in Saudi Arabia (2nd ed. 1995), widely considered the definitive work on the subject. His 2009 Policy Focus, After King Abdullah, an update of his previous work, is an examination of King Abdullah's then newly codified Saudi succession rules. He is also the author of Instant Empire: Saddam Hussein's Ambition for Iraq (Mercury House, 1991), a biography of the former Iraqi leader; and the 2003 Washington Institute Policy Paper, The New Pillar: Conservative Arab Gulf States and U.S. Strategy.
In 1987, Mr. Henderson received a U.S. International Visitors Grant, and in 1990 was awarded the Dayan Fellowship at Tel Aviv University. He was a visiting fellow at The Washington Institute in 1993 and 2000.
Mr. Henderson received his M.B.A. from the Cass Business School, London, and his B.A. from Nottingham University, UK.



  1. HJS Event: 'Iran, Europe & the Bomb', 9 February 2012 Committee Room 8, House of Commons, London.
  2. Fikra Forum: Contributors (Accessed: 11 February 2012)
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