Prince Turki AlFaisal is the youngest son of King Faisal, who ruled Saudi Arabia from 1964 to 1975. He was educated at Princeton and Georgetown University. From 1978 to 2001, he was head of the Saudi Arabian General Intelligence Department, which was responsible for the Kingdom’s dealings with Afghanistan, and for the next twentythree years it was Afghanistan that absorbed most of his attention. Soon after he left the department, he was appointed Ambassador to London from 2003 to 2005, and then Washington from 2005 to 2007. In these posts, he argued first against the invasion of Iraq, and once that was a fait accompli, for a more sensitive, less radical political solution than that imposed by the Americans. Since he left Washington, Prince Turki has been running the King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh.