Eman Alhussein

Non-Resident Fellow, AGSIW

Eman Alhussein is a non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. She previously worked as a research fellow at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Her research focuses on Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region. Alhussein’s areas of interest include identity and nationalism, gender, cultural and societal change, and religious discourse and reforms.

Alhussein holds an MA in Gulf studies from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

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Saudi Arabia’s Nation-Branding Strategy

As part of a nation-branding strategy, Saudi leaders aim to foster the kingdom’s cultural resources to improve its image abroad as a means to attract investment and align interests.

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Ramadan Series Tackle Women’s Issues and Religion

Ramadan has always been an opportunity to introduce new ideas to nudge viewers’ reactions; this year’s series are generating much-needed discussion on women’s issues.

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Saudi Arabia Walks the Line With Social Opening and Curbing Harassment

The public decency law aims to regulate social behavior in a way that reflects positively on Saudi Arabia’s image, the anti-harassment law is meant to regulate public behavior among individuals in society.

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Saudi Arabia Hedges Its Bets With Assertiveness and Diplomacy in Iran Policy

While Saudi leaders promote nascent rapprochement efforts with Iran on the official level, they are allowing an informal aggressive discourse, underpinning continued assertiveness toward Iran and suspicions about its motives.

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Keeping the Spirit Alive: Vision 2030 Five Years On

Saudi government outreach acknowledges the strains of diversification plans and austerity measures while also seeking to renew the public’s interest in achieving the economic transformation's goals.

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Saudi Ramadan Series Links Economic Development and Civic Duty

This year’s Ramadan initiatives, focused on a sense of community and contributions to development, demonstrate how the Saudi government increasingly relies on citizens to play a role in the ongoing transformation.

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Filling the Religious Void: Yoga and Self-Awareness in Saudi Arabia

The marginalization of religious figures in Saudi Arabia has prompted a rise of trends focusing on spirituality and meditation to promote self-awareness.

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Labor Reforms in Saudi Arabia: Ambitious Focus on Foreign Workers and Unemployment

New labor reforms are an important first step to improve conditions for foreign workers and could open the door for wider reforms.

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Joining the Club: New Trends in Gulf Social Media

The new app Clubhouse is providing a much-needed space for contesting views and continuing debates that have been suspended for years in the Gulf.

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Saudi Arabia Champions “Moderate Islam,” Underpinning Reform Efforts

Moderate Islam can be seen as a comprehensive strategy to tackle the kingdom’s regional and domestic concerns while at the same time reshaping the religious and social scene in line with the leadership’s new sociopolitical objectives.