Mary Casey-Baker

2024 Outlook

On January 9, AGSIW hosted a virtual roundtable with its leadership and scholars as they looked ahead and assessed trends likely to shape the Gulf region and U.S. foreign policy during the coming year.

Petro Diplomacy 2023: The Energy Transition and the Road to COP28

On June 27 and 28, AGSIW convened its ninth annual Petro Diplomacy conference. 

The Future of Security in the Middle East

On April 21, AGSIW and the Middle East Policy Council co-hosted a Capitol Hill conference on security in the Middle East.

2023 Outlook

AGSIW hosted a virtual private roundtable with its leadership and scholars as they looked ahead and assessed trends likely to shape the Gulf region and U.S. foreign policy during the coming year.

UAE Security Forum 2022: Expanding Regional Partnerships for Security and Prosperity

AGSIW convened the 2022 UAE Security Forum on November 17, where U.S., UAE, and regional partners gathered to find creative solutions to some of the region’s most pressing challenges.

International and Regional Involvement in the Middle East

“International and Regional Involvement in the Middle East" is a bimonthly workshop series launched in September 2021, co-hosted by AGSIW and the University of Haifa.

State and Culture in Saudi Arabia: Understanding the Moment of Transformation

On April 20, AGSIW hosted a workshop examining the question of state and culture in Saudi Arabia.

The Role of the Business Community in U.S.-UAE Relations

On March 23, AmCham Abu Dhabi and AGSIW hosted a briefing on the role of the U.S. business community within the wider U.S.-UAE relationship.

2022 Outlook

AGSIW's leadership and scholars assessed trends likely to shape the Gulf region and U.S. foreign policy in 2022.

UAE Security Forum 2021: U.S.-Gulf Relations in a Changing Region

From December 7-9, UAESF 2021 assessed geopolitical trends in the region.

2021 Outlook

AGSIW hosted a virtual private roundtable with its leadership and scholars as they looked ahead to assess trends likely to shape the Gulf region during the coming year.

Petro Diplomacy 2020

For the sixth consecutive year, AGSIW convened its Petro Diplomacy conference, this year virtually.

How Has the Coronavirus Pandemic Impacted Oil Producers and What Lies Ahead?

The post-coronavirus recovery may be long and painful as governments around the world grapple with the aftershocks of the pandemic.

The Geopolitics of Oil and Gas and U.S.-Gulf Arab Relations

As part of the sixth annual Petro Diplomacy conference, AGSIW hosted a virtual panel discussion on the geopolitics of oil.

After Agreement to Cut Production, What’s Next for Oil- and Gas-Producing Countries?

On April 21, AGSIW hosted a virtual panel discussion analyzing the historic deal that ended the oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia.

Gulf Security in a Multipolar World: New Defense Ties Reflect Competition for Influence

On March 25, AGSIW hosted a virtual panel discussion examining Gulf defense and security partnerships with regional and global powers.

2020 Vision: AGSIW Assesses Threats and Opportunities in the Gulf

On January 8, AGSIW hosted a conversation considering the trends likely to shape the Gulf region in 2020.

UAE Security Forum 2019: Reshaping the Future of the Horn of Africa

For the fourth consecutive year, AGSIW convened the UAE Security Forum, where U.S., UAE, and regional partners gathered to find creative solutions to some of the region’s most pressing challenges.

UAE Security Forum 2018: "Yemen after the War: Addressing the Challenges of Peace and Reconstruction"

For the third consecutive year, AGSIW convened the UAE Security Forum, where U.S., UAE, and regional partners gather to find creative solutions to some of the region’s most pressing challenges.

Gulf Arts and Culture Symposium: Performances and Reception

AGSIW and Alserkal Avenue hosted performances and talks at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC by leading Gulf-based artists.

Saudi Arabia Transforming

This post is part of an AGSIW series on Saudi Vision 2030, a sweeping set of programs and reforms adopted by the Saudi government to be implemented by 2030.

Iraq and the GCC: New Realities in Gulf Security

As part of its Gulf Rising series, AGSIW hosted a discussion on the state of relations between the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and Iraq.

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Saudi Vision 2030 and “A Day in Riyadh”

This post is part of an AGSIW series on Saudi Vision 2030, a sweeping set of programs and reforms adopted by the Saudi government to be implemented by 2030.

Arabian Sights Film Festival: What's Next for Arab Cinema?

We are witnessing a renaissance of Arab cinema with a much wider range of sophisticated films tackling a variety of topics and receiving much critical acclaim.

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A More Assertive Regional Role

Saudi Arabia has a long and mixed track record of involvement in Yemen’s numerous political conflicts, dating back to the early 1960s.

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Saudi Arabia: Quietly Does It

Media coverage of Saudi Arabia over the past year has largely focused on its new, more assertive foreign policy, as demonstrated by its military campaign in Yemen.

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Will US-Saudi 'special relationship' last?

Much has been written and said in recent months about what some — myself included — have described as a “strain” in US-Saudi relations.

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Saudi Arabia Throws Down the Gauntlet

At a press conference in Riyadh on Jan. 3, the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia announced that Saudi Arabia was severing diplomatic relations with Iran.

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Is Saudi Arabia building an 'Islamic NATO?'

In Riyadh, shortly after midnight on Dec. 14, Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammed bin Salman surprised the world when he held a press conference — his first — in which he announced the formation of a new Islamic military coalition against terrorism.

Women and Elections in Saudi Arabia

On December 12, municipal council elections were held for the third time in Saudi Arabia.

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Down, But Not Out: How Saudi Arabia Will Avert an Oil Economy Collapse

The September 11 collapse of a crane at the Grand Mosque in Mecca provided a grave metaphor for Saudi Arabia experts.

The Arts of the Emirates: A Presentation on the UAE Visual Arts Sector

The Arab Gulf States Institute, in cooperation with the Middle East Institute, co-hosted a talk about the growing visual arts sector in the United Arab Emirates featuring H.E.

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Saudi-Egyptian Relations at the Crossroads

Saudi Arabia and Egypt, twin pillars of almost any viable unified Arab security and political front, have recently been moving to consolidate closer relations.

GCC Economic Statecraft: Interactions in the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia

At a time when economics has become a more central feature of international relations, the Arab Gulf states have raised their game in foreign economic policy, both in aid and foreign investment, to enhance and sustain their regional and global leadership.

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The Saudi State Versus the "Islamic State"

On July 18 the Saudi Ministry of the Interior held a press conference in Riyadh in which it announced the arrest over the past few weeks of 431 suspects allegedly affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as the self-styled “Islamic State.” While some critics of the Saudi government will likely characterize the arrest of such a large number of militants in a short period of time as a “failure” of its decade-long counterterrorism campaign, Saudi authorities portrayed this extensive operation as a triumph for their security services.

Negotiating the Gulf: How a Nuclear Agreement Would Redefine GCC-Iran Relations

The nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 has ushered in a new series of questions concerning Iran’s relationship to its Arab neighbors across the Gulf, as well as with the United States.

The Camp David Summit: Redefining the U.S.-GCC Relationship?

Following the announcement of the framework agreement in Geneva, President Barack Obama suggested that a final deal on Tehran’s nuclear program could also signal the start of a new relationship between the United States and Iran.