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Petro Diplomacy 2024: The Countdown to Net Zero

On June 11, AGSIW will convene its 10th annual Petro Diplomacy conference.

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AGSIW Welcomes Alia Yunis as a Visiting Scholar

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that Alia Yunis has joined the institute as a visiting scholar.

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AGSIW Presents Inaugural Bridgebuilder Award to Ambassador Frank G. Wisner

The board and staff of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington were delighted to present the inaugural Bridgebuilder Award to Ambassador Frank G. Wisner.

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AGSIW Welcomes Marie van den Bosch as a Visiting Scholar

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that Marie van den Bosch has joined the institute as a visiting scholar. 

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AGSIW Launches Arabic Translation Campaign

Donate today to support AGSIW's Arabic translation campaign.

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Yerevan Saeed Accepts New Role as a Visiting Scholar

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that Yerevan Saeed will now serve as a visiting scholar.

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Bader AlRezaihan Joins AGSIW’s Board of Directors

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that Bader AlRezaihan has joined the institute’s board of directors.

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AGSIW Welcomes Tim Callen as a Visiting Fellow

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that Tim Callen has joined the institute as a visiting fellow.

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Event Report – UAE Security Forum 2022: Expanding Regional Partnerships for Security and Prosperity

This report is based on the presentations and discussions during the UAE Security Forum 2022, “Expanding Regional Partnerships for Security and Prosperity,” held on November 17, 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Making Sense of Kuwait's Parliamentary Election Results: Change or Continued Gridlock?

On October 6, AGSIW hosted a discussion examining the results of Kuwait's recent parliamentary elections.

The Middle East’s Coming Centrality: A Conversation With Jon Alterman

On October 4, AGSIW hosted a conversation with Jon Alterman, author of the recent essay "The Middle East's Coming Centrality."

Contemporary Female Voices in the UAE Art Sphere

On Tuesday September 27, AGSIW and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, DC co-hosted a panel discussion featuring the curator and artists participating in the exhibition: “While the Coffee Grounds Settle: Stories from Women in the UAE.”

Succession in Iran: Who Will Be the Next Supreme Leader?

On September 22, AGSIW hosted a discussion on political succession in Iran.

As Failed Government Formation Escalates Into Violence, What’s Next for Iraq?

On Thursday September 8, AGSIW hosted a discussion on the current political crisis in Iraq.

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AGSIW Welcomes Gregory D. Johnsen as a Non-Resident Fellow

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that Gregory D. Johnsen has joined the institute as a non-resident fellow.

China-Gulf Initiative: Evolving Chinese Demand for Gulf Energy and Geopolitical Implications

On September 15, as part of the China-Gulf Initiative, AGSIW hosted a discussion examining energy relations between China and the Gulf states.

I2U2: Partnership for the Future or Prisoner of the Past?

On August 10, AGSIW, the Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy, and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies hosted a discussion on the new quadrilateral forum comprising India, Israel, the UAE, and the United States.

How Has the Invasion of Ukraine Reshaped Russia’s Influence in the Middle East?

On August 4, AGSIW, the University of Haifa, and the National Security Studies Center hosted a discussion examining Gulf-Russia relations since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Roundtable With Ambassador Mohammed A. Al-Hadhrami

As part of AGSIW’s Ambassadors Series, H.E. Mohammed A. Al-Hadhrami, ambassador of Yemen to the United States, discussed local developments in Yemen as well as ongoing international and domestic efforts to bring the conflict in the country to an end.

What Did Biden's Trip Achieve for the United States and Its Middle East Partners?

On July 19, AGSIW hosted a discussion examining President Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s visit to Israel, the occupied Palestinian territories, and Saudi Arabia and considering implications for relations with the United States' partners in the region.

Can Biden's Visit Create a Lasting Recalibration in the U.S.-Saudi Partnership?

On Tuesday June 21, AGSIW hosted a discussion on President Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s planned visit to Saudi Arabia and implications for U.S.-Saudi relations.

Art Talk: Artists in the Gulf Push Creative and Cultural Boundaries

On June 8, AGSIW and the Khaleeji Art Museum hosted a discussion featuring three artists from Kuwait, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates.

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.

A New “Founding Day” and the Transformation of Saudi Society 

On April 26, AGSIW hosted a discussion examining the establishment of Saudi Arabia's new national narrative.

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.

A Conversation With Vice Admiral Bob Harward​

AGSIW hosted a discussion with Vice Admiral Bob Harward, former deputy commander of U.S. Central Command and current executive vice president for international business and strategy at Shield AI.

Book Launch – The Gulf States and the Horn of Africa: Interests, Influences and Instability

On April 7, AGSIW hosted a discussion examining the complex interactions between the Gulf Arab states and the countries of the Horn of Africa.

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.

Tending the U.S.-UAE Relationship in a Multipolar World

On March 23, Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy and AGSIW co-hosted the panel discussion “Tending the U.S.-UAE Relationship in a Multipolar World.”

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AGSIW Welcomes New Non-Resident Fellows

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that Narayanappa Janardhan and Bader Al-Saif have joined the institute as non-resident fellows.

Following Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine, Can Gulf Countries Stabilize Energy Markets? 

On March 10, AGSIW hosted a discussion examining the impact of the Ukraine crisis on global oil and gas markets and the direct effects on the Gulf region.

Roundtable with Abdullah Al Awadhi

On March 2, AGSIW hosted a roundtable discussion with Abdullah Al Awadhi, director of foreign relations for the speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly.

Do Houthi Missile Attacks Outline the Limits of De-escalation in the Gulf Region?

On March 1, AGSIW hosted a discussion examining challenges and threats to regional de-escalation and rapprochement.

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

This report is based on the presentations and discussions during the UAE Security Forum 2021, “U.S.-Gulf Relations in a Changing Region,” held December 7-9, 2021 virtually.

IMF Report Launch: Economic Prospects and Policy Challenges for the GCC Countries

On Tuesday February 8, AGSIW co-hosted the launch of an International Monetary Fund report on the economic recovery outlook for Gulf countries.

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Arab Shia Communities in Transition: A Peacemaking Opportunity for the International Community?

This report is based on the discussions held during a workshop co-hosted with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung on Shia communities in Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait.

What’s in Store for the Gulf Region in 2022?

AGSIW hosted a session as part of Gulf Intelligence’s Global UAE Energy Forum 2022: “What’s in Store for the Gulf Region in 2022?”

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.

Book Launch – Tribalism and Political Power in the Gulf: State-Building and National Identity in Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE

On December 1, AGSIW hosted a discussion examining the roles that tribes play in popular participation in government and policymaking in the Gulf.

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Event Report – Petro Diplomacy: Gulf Countries in a Net-Zero World

AGSIW's seventh annual Petro Diplomacy conference examined the energy transition and ways in which the Gulf petrostates are positioning themselves for a net-zero environment.

Workshop – Arab Shia Communities in Transition: A Peacemaking Opportunity for the International Community?

AGSIW and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung co-hosted a workshop on Shia communities in Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait.

Roundtable With Bernard Haykel

On November 16, AGSIW hosted a discussion with Bernard Haykel on the state of U.S.-Saudi relations and the latest social, political, and economic developments underway in Saudi Arabia.

Book Launch: Urban Modernity in the Contemporary Gulf

On October 26, AGSIW hosted the book launch of "Urban Modernity in the Contemporary Gulf" on architectural production in the modernization era in the Arabian Peninsula.

Petro Diplomacy 2021: Gulf Countries in a Net-Zero World

For the seventh consecutive year, AGSIW convened its Petro Diplomacy conference.

A New Era for Gulf Sovereign Wealth Funds?

On October 14, AGSIW, in partnership with ABANA, hosted a discussion examining the role of Gulf sovereign wealth funds in the world economy.

What to Expect From Qatar's First Legislative Elections

On September 30, AGSIW hosted a discussion ahead of Qatar's first legislative elections.

The European Union and Gulf Cooperation Council: A New Path for Cooperation?

On September 23, AGSIW hosted a discussion examining prospects and challenges for increased cooperation between the EU and Gulf countries.

Iraq's October Elections: A Game Changer or More of the Same?

On September 7, AGSIW hosted a discussion on Iraq's upcoming parliamentary elections.

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AGSIW Welcomes New Non-Resident Fellows

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that Emma Soubrier and Paul Sullivan have joined the institute as non-resident fellows.

Transitioning to Non-Oil Economies in the Gulf: Successes, Failures, and the Path Forward

On July 27, AGSIW and the National University of Singapore's Middle East Institute hosted a discussion on economic diversification efforts in the Gulf Arab states.

Can a New U.N. Envoy Produce Peace in Yemen?

On July 15, AGSIW hosted a discussion on the top issues and challenges facing the incoming United Nations special envoy for Yemen.

Book Launch: A Political Economy of Free Zones in Gulf Arab States

On July 13, AGSIW hosted a discussion of Robert Mogielnicki's recent book, "A Political Economy of Free Zones in Gulf Arab States."

The Future of OPEC+ and Saudi-UAE Relations 

On July 8, AGSIW hosted a private briefing on the developing OPEC+ dispute and the repercussions for the future of the alliance as well as Saudi-UAE relations.

The Long Game in Iraq: Are Shia Clerics and Activists Finding Common Cause To Confront the State?

On June 29, AGSIW hosted a discussion of Geneive Abdo's recent paper examining cooperation between influential Iraqi clerics and civil society activists.

Climate Action in the UAE: A Conversation With H.E. Aisha Al Abdooli, UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment

On June 17, AGSIW hosted H.E. Aisha Al Abdooli, acting assistant undersecretary for green development and climate change for the UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.

Viennese Waltz: How Can the U.S. Balance Its Priorities With Gulf Arab Concerns as It Engages Iran?

On June 16, AGSIW hosted a discussion on the ongoing Vienna negotiations aimed at reviving the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear agreement.

Sectarian Identities and the Rise of Nationalism in the Middle East

On June 9, AGSIW and SEPAD hosted a discussion examining sectarianism and nationalism in the Middle East.

Reengaging Assad: What's Behind Arab Outreach to Syria?

On July 22, AGSIW hosted a discussion examining Gulf Arab reengagement with the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Reaching for the Golden Ticket: Long-Term Residency and Citizenship Schemes in the Gulf

On June 2, AGSIW hosted a discussion on the economic future of expatriates and citizens in the Gulf.

The Gulf Cooperation Council at 40

On May 27, AGSIW hosted a discussion examining the Gulf Cooperation Council's impact on its member states, the Gulf, and international relations, 40 years after its founding.

A Conversation With H.E. Nayef Falah M. Al-Hajraf, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council

Al-Hajraf provided insights on the GCC's current state of affairs following the Al Ula summit and renewed hopes for increased cooperation among its member countries.

The Future of Renewable and Low Carbon Energy in the Middle East and North Africa

On May 19, AGSIW hosted a discussion on the transition to renewable and low carbon energy in the Middle East and North Africa.

Tehran and Washington: Back to the Nuclear Deal, and Beyond?

On May 17, AGSIW hosted a discussion examining the Biden administration's efforts to revive the Iran nuclear deal.

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Robert Mogielnicki Accepts New Role as Senior Resident Scholar

AGSIW is pleased to announce that Mogielnicki will now serve as a senior resident scholar.

With Renewed Efforts To End the War, What are the Prospects for Peace in Yemen?

On Wednesday April 28, AGSIW hosted a discussion on efforts to end the conflict in Yemen.

The Transformation of Abu Dhabi's Oil Industry

Ben Cahill discussed the fundamental shift in Abu Dhabi's oil policy since 2016.

Roundtable With Ambassador Leslie M. Tsou, U.S. Ambassador to Oman

As part of its Ambassadors Series, AGSIW hosted a discussion with Ambassador Leslie M. Tsou, U.S. ambassador to Oman.

Briefing on the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue

AGSIW hosted a media briefing with Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman on the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue.

Developments in Qatar and Kuwait

On April 6, AGSIW hosted a dial-in briefing on recent developments in Qatar and Kuwait.

The Arab Gulf's Pivot to Asia: From Transactional to Strategic Partnerships

On March 17, AGSIW hosted a discussion on strategic relations between the countries of the Gulf and Asia.

A Conversation With H.E. Mohamed bin Mubarak Bin Daina, Special Envoy for Climate Affairs, Bahrain

On March 25, AGSIW hosted a conversation with H.E. Mohamed bin Mubarak Bin Daina to discuss climate-related challenges facing Bahrain and how the kingdom is mitigating these challenges.

A Conversation With H.E. Motaz Zahran, Ambassador of Egypt to the United States

As part of AGSIW’s Ambassadors Series, Ambassador Motaz Zahran discussed a range of domestic and international issues impacting Egypt, including relations with the United States and the Gulf Arab states.

In Crucial Election Year for Iraq, Could the Protest Movement Tip the Scale? 

On Wednesday March 3, AGSIW hosted a discussion examining the potential impact of youth protests on elections in Iraq.

Escaping a Zero-Sum Struggle Between Iran and Saudi Arabia

On February 26, AGSIW hosted a conversation with Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian and Abdulaziz Al Sager.

The Evolution of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates

AGSIW hosted Athol Yates for a discussion of his book exploring the history of the UAE’s armed forces.

Roundtable With Joey Hood, U.S. Department of State

AGSIW hosted a private roundtable with Joey Hood, acting assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

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Event Report – UAE Security Forum 2020: Resilient Economies, Resilient Societies

This report is based on the presentations and discussions during the UAE Security Forum 2020, “Resilient Economies, Resilient Societies,” held December 15-17, 2020 virtually.

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.

The Future of U.S. Arms Sales to the Gulf

On January 21, AGSIW hosted a virtual roundtable on the future of U.S. arms sales to the Gulf.

Roundtable With H.E. Anwar Gargash

On January 19, AGSIW hosted a roundtable with H.E. Anwar Gargash, minister of state for foreign affairs of the United Arab Emirates.

The Outlook for U.S. Foreign Policy Under the Biden Administration

AGSIW hosted a session as part of Gulf Intelligence’s Global UAE Energy Forum 2021: “Outlook on the Year Ahead.”

Oman One Year On

On January 12, AGSIW hosted a panel analyzing the challenges facing, and the strategic responses of, Oman's new sultan.

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AGSIW Welcomes Geneive Abdo as a Visiting Fellow

AGSIW is pleased to announce that Geneive Abdo has joined the institute as a visiting fellow.

UAE Security Forum 2020: Resilient Economies, Resilient Societies

Since its launch in 2016, the UAE Security Forum has played a vital role as a venue where U.S. and regional partners gather to find creative solutions to some of their most pressing common challenges.

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AGSIW Announces Leadership Changes

Executive Vice President Ambassador Stephen A. Seche will depart to be succeeded by Ambassador William Roebuck.

Report Launch: Economic Prospects and Policy Challenges for the Gulf Arab Countries

On December 10, AGSIW partnered with the International Monetary Fund on the launch of its Gulf Cooperation Council report.

Saudi Arabia and the G-20

AGSIW hosted a virtual private roundtable to discuss Saudi Arabia’s efforts to diversify its economy and attract investments, its presidency of the G-20, recommendations of the T20 group of think tanks, and the outcomes of this year’s G-20 meeting.

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Event Report: Petro Diplomacy 2020

AGSIW's sixth annual Petro Diplomacy conference focused on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the energy sector and the transition to a low carbon economy.

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AGSIW Welcomes Anna L. Jacobs as a Non-Resident Fellow

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that Anna L. Jacobs has joined the institute as a non-resident fellow.

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AGSIW Welcomes New Board Members

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that Christopher J. Davis, Lamya Al Haj, Ahmed Al Musalmi, and Ambassador C. David Welch have joined the institute’s board of directors.

Succession in Kuwait

The recent health issues of Emir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah have revived concerns about succession in Kuwait.

Gulf-Palestinian Relations After the Abraham Accords

On November 5, AGSIW hosted a virtual panel discussion on the future of Gulf-Palestinian relations.

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.

What Are the Prospects for Natural Gas in the Transition to a Lower Carbon World?

The coronavirus pandemic has delivered an unprecedented shock to the global natural gas market.

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.

Petro Diplomacy 2020

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

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The Legacy of Emir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah: Statesman, Mediator, and Father of Modern Kuwait

On September 29, Kuwait announced the passing of Emir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah. Serving as foreign minister, prime minister, and, finally, emir, Sabah al-Ahmed played a defining role as a humanitarian and mediator, but he will be remembered most by his people as the father of modern Kuwait.

A Conversation With Angela Wilkinson, Secretary General and CEO, World Energy Council

As part of the sixth annual Petro Diplomacy conference, Wilkinson discussed the ongoing energy transition and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on energy producers.

After the Embargo: Iran's Weapons Agenda and Its Regional Impact

On October 15, AGSIW hosted a virtual panel discussion on the implications of Iran's weapons agenda.

Roundtable With Elliott Abrams, Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela, U.S. Department of State

Abrams discussed his role and priorities as he endeavors to build international support for the Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign.

Kuwait After Emir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah

On October 7, AGSIW hosted a virtual panel discussion on the future of Kuwait's leadership.

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Remembering Emir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah

AGSIW offers reflections on Sabah al-Ahmed by former U.S. ambassadors to Kuwait, Deborah K. Jones, Douglas A. Silliman, Lawrence R. Silverman, and Edward W. Gnehm, Jr., as well as former U.S. Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations Thomas R. Pickering.

The Gulf’s Economic Policy Response to the Crises of 2020

The interrelated crises of the coronavirus outbreak and oil price rout have placed severe economic pressure on Gulf governments and private sectors across the region, highlighting prevailing dynamics and exacerbating existing trends in Gulf economies.

Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean: Where Do the Gulf States Fit In?

On September 29, AGSIW hosted a virtual panel discussion on Gulf interests and involvement in the eastern Mediterranean basin.

Roundtable With Martin Griffiths, United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen 

Griffiths provided his unique insights into the U.N.-led effort to bring the principal combatants to a negotiated ceasefire and move the country toward a sustained, political solution.

Navigating the Gulf Ecosystem for Startups

On September 22, AGSIW hosted a virtual panel discussion examining the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and energy market outlook on startups and entrepreneurial initiatives in the Gulf.

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AGSIW Welcomes Robert Mason as a Non-Resident Fellow

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that Robert Mason has joined the institute as a non-resident fellow.

The Future of U.S.-Saudi Relations

On August 27, AGSIW hosted a virtual roundtable on the future of U.S.-Saudi relations.

Citizens, Expatriates, and the Future of Gulf Labor Markets

On May 20, AGSIW hosted a virtual panel discussion examining the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the long-standing issues confronting Gulf labor markets.

Webinar With UAE Minister of State for Food Security H.E. Mariam Almheiri

AGSIW and the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council hosted a webinar featuring Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, UAE minister of state for food security.

Roundtable With Ibrahim Al-Muhanna

On May 14, AGSIW hosted a virtual private roundtable with Ibrahim Al-Muhanna, former advisor to the minister of energy, industry, and mineral resources of Saudi Arabia, and member of the board of directors of AGSIW.

The Arts and Culture Sectors in the Gulf: Reimagining the Future in the Midst of a Pandemic

On April 29, AGSIW hosted a panel discussion on how the arts and culture sectors in the Gulf are adapting to a new reality.

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.

The Conflict in Yemen in its Sixth Year

On March 30, AGSIW hosted a briefing discussing salient issues and developments in the conflict in Yemen as it enters its sixth year.

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.

Young and Male: Identity and Politics in Saudi Arabia

AGSIW hosted Mark Thompson, professor and author of "Being Young, Male and Saudi: Identity and Politics in a Globalized Kingdom," for a discussion of his work on the generational shift in attitudes of Saudi men.

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AGSIW Responds to Concerns Regarding COVID-19

In light of continued concerns regarding transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus, access to our programs will be available only via livestream on our website until further notice.

Oman After Qaboos

AGSIW hosted a private discussion on the future of Oman following the passing of Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

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

This report is based on the presentations and discussions during the UAE Security Forum 2019, “Reshaping the Future of the Horn of Africa,” held on December 12, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Discussion With Fareed Yasseen, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq

Fareed Yasseen, ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the United States, examined the recent crises in Iraq, the fallout from the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran’s Quds Force commander Major General Qassim Suleimani, as well as the future of U.S.-Iraqi relations.

Strategic Implications of Iraq's Multiple Crises

On January 23, AGSIW hosted a panel discussion examining the recent crises in Iraq and the fallout from the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran’s Quds Force commander Major General Qassim Suleimani.

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.

Discussion With Mohammed Abulahoum

Abulahoum discussed the November 5 power-sharing agreement between the U.N.-recognized Yemeni government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the pro-secession Southern Transitional Council.

The Seas as the Next Frontier: Is Maritime Security in the Gulf a Flashpoint or Starting Point?

On December 4, AGSIW hosted a panel discussion on the issue of maritime security in the Gulf.

Workshop on the Future of U.S.-Gulf Relations

On November 14, AGSIW hosted a workshop on the future of U.S. Gulf relations, featuring remarks by Shaikh Abdulla bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, undersecretary for international affairs of the kingdom of Bahrain.

An Assessment of U.S.-Saudi Relations With HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud

HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud provided his perspective on U.S.-Saudi relations and domestic and regional challenges facing the kingdom’s leadership.

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Petro Diplomacy: Challenges to the Energy Transition in the Gulf Countries

On October 2, AGSIW held its fifth annual Petro Diplomacy conference, exploring what measures the oil-producing states are adopting to manage the global transition to renewables and alternative energy sources and how this will impact demand for oil in the decades ahead.

Roundtable With H.E. Fuad Hussein, Finance Minister, Iraq

At this roundtable, part of AGSIW’s Iraq Initiative, H.E. Fuad Hussein discussed the wider government effort to rebuild the country after the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

Yemen at a Crossroads: Are New Conflict Dynamics Reshaping the Country’s Future?

AGSIW hosted a discussion on recent developments in Yemen's war and issues central to the future of the country.

Petro Diplomacy: Challenges to the Energy Transition in the Gulf Countries

For the fifth consecutive year, AGSIW convened its Petro Diplomacy conference, bringing together private and public sector stakeholders to discuss emerging trends in energy markets and regional politics.

Roundtable With Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment

Ahead of his participation at the United Nations 2019 Climate Action Summit, Al Zeyoudi discussed the various climate challenges facing the UAE and the region.

As Maximum Pressure and Maximum Resistance Max Out, Where's the Confrontation With Iran Headed?

AGSIW examines the ongoing tensions between the United States and Iran.

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Emma Soubrier Joins AGSIW as a Visiting Scholar

Soubrier's research will focus on the security strategies and foreign policies of the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, particularly the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.

Cities and Belonging in the Gulf Arab States

On July 24, AGSIW hosted a panel discussion examining the growth of the modern Gulf Arab city.

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AGSIW Welcomes New Non-Resident Fellows

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce the addition of several accomplished scholars to its cadre of non-resident fellows.

Taking Stock of the UAE’s “Year of Tolerance”

AGSIW hosted a roundtable discussion with Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, chairman of Hedayah, the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism; Maqsoud Kruse, executive director of Hedayah; and Yousef Al Obaidli, director-general of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center.

Downstream Horizons: What is the Future for Economic Diversification in Gulf Arab States?

This panel critically examined the current state of economic diversification initiatives in Gulf Arab states.

The Faceoff over U.S. Arms Sales to the Gulf: What Next?

On May 24, the Trump administration issued a national emergency declaration citing tensions with Iran to bypass congressional opposition to arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan.

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Vision Realization: A Status Update on Saudi Arabia's Economic Reforms

Tim Callen, mission chief for Saudi Arabia at the International Monetary Fund, spoke with AGSIW about Saudi Arabia's economic reform agenda.

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Introducing AGSIW’s New President

The board of directors of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to introduce AGSIW's new president Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman.

Ottoman Revival: How are Regional Powers Reacting to Turkey’s Resurgence in the Middle East?

On May 9, AGSIW hosted a panel discussion examining Turkey's new and more assertive regional role.

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Board of Directors Announces Appointment of New AGSIW President

The board of directors of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington announces the appointment of Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman as the institute’s new president.

Kuwait: Between Mediation and Maximum Pressure

AGSIW hosted a conversation examining Kuwait's domestic political landscape and regional relations.

Roundtable Discussion With Nayef Al-Hajraf, Minister of Finance of Kuwait

Nayef Al-Hajraf, minister of finance of Kuwait, discussed the challenges and opportunities in this era of economic reform with a focus on Kuwait Vision 2035.

Defining the U.S. Role in Yemen’s War

In the face of such deep divisions over the U.S. role in Yemen, what can the Trump administration do to help bring the destructive conflict to an end?

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AGSIW Announces Retirement of Founding President Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington announces the retirement of its president, Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba.

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The Frank G. Wisner Chair for Arabian Peninsula Strategic Studies

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce the creation of the Frank G. Wisner Jr. Chair for Arabian Peninsula Strategic Studies.

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AGSIW Board of Directors Visit to Kuwait

On March 17, AGSIW held its Spring 2019 board of directors meeting in Kuwait.

GCC-South Asia: A New Role for the Gulf Countries in the Subcontinent?

AGSIW hosted a panel discussion examining the diplomatic, security, and economic issues shaping the growing relationship between the countries of the Gulf and the South Asian subcontinent.

Money Matters: The State of Financial Markets in the Gulf

In this panel, speakers draw on their extensive knowledge of the region’s markets to explain how modern financial mechanisms have acted as a buffer between Gulf societies at large and the newfound cash reserves of Gulf Arab states over the last 50 years.

Change from the Bottom Up: Art, Society, and Southern Saudi Arabia

In this presentation, Sean Foley draws on his extensive research in Asir, Najran, and Jizan to trace the rise of the Saudi contemporary artistic movement while explaining what it tells us about the kingdom’s society in the 21st century.

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Robert Mogielnicki Joins AGSIW as a Resident Scholar

Mogielnicki’s research will focus on political economy of the Gulf Arab states.

Energy Roundtable With Jim Krane

As part of its energy series, AGSIW hosted a roundtable discussion with Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson fellow for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute.

Yemen after Stockholm: A Status Report

On January 29, AGSIW convened a roundtable discussion on the status of Yemen’s ongoing war – and efforts to hasten its end.

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

This report is based on the presentations and discussions during the UAE Security Forum 2018, “Yemen after the War: Addressing the Challenges of Peace and Reconstruction,” held on December 9, 2018 in Abu Dhabi.

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Petro Diplomacy: Back to the Future – Oil and Gas at the Center of New Growth in the GCC

On October 18, 2018, the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington convened its fourth annual Petro Diplomacy conference, “Back to the Future – Oil and Gas at the Center of New Growth in the GCC States.”

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.

Maximum Pressure: Are Trump’s Middle East Policies Starting to Yield Results?

AGSIW hosted Raghida Dergham, founder and executive chairman of the Beirut Institute, and Andrew Peek, deputy assistant secretary of state for Iraq and Iran in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, to analyze developments in U.S. Middle East policy.

What Now for U.S. Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia?

AGSIW hosted a briefing on arms sales to Saudi Arabia with DB Des Roches, an associate professor at the Near East South Asia Center for Security Studies at the National Defense University.

Petro Diplomacy: Back to the Future – Oil and Gas at the Center of New Growth in the GCC States

For its fourth consecutive year, AGSIW convened its Petro Diplomacy conference to discuss how changes in technology, fiscal priorities, and opportunities for growth continue to alter the relationship between politics and energy for the region and beyond.

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AGSIW Welcomes Kate Dourian and Robin Mills as Non-Resident Fellows

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that Kate Dourian and Robin Mills have joined as non-resident fellows.

Understanding Youth and Women’s Employment in Saudi Arabia

Alessandra L. González shared insights from her research on Saudi women’s employment in the kingdom.

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About Us

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to providing expert research and analysis of the social, economic, and political dimensions of the Gulf Arab states and how they impact domestic and foreign policy.

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Prospects of New Yemen Talks

Ambassador Stephen A. Seche and Elizabeth Dickinson, senior analyst at the International Crisis Group, discuss the prospects of the upcoming Yemen talks in Geneva.

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Robert Mogielnicki Joins AGSIW as a Non-Resident Fellow

WASHINGTON, August 20, 2018 – The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that Robert Mogielnicki has joined the institute as a non-resident fellow.

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Is Another U.S.-GCC Summit on the Horizon?

GCC Assistant Secretary-General for Political and Negotiation Affairs Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg and Hussein Ibish discuss the state of U.S.-GCC relations and prospects for another summit.

A Conversation With H.E. Reem Al Hashimy

AGSIW hosted a conversation with Reem Al Hashimy, minister of state for international cooperation of the United Arab Emirates.

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AGSIW Welcomes Ali Alfoneh as Visiting Scholar and Ambassador Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi as Non-Resident Fellow

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2018 – The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that Ali Alfoneh has joined the institute as a visiting scholar, and Ambassador Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi is its newest non-resident fellow.

Roundtable With Mohammed Baharoon, Director General, b’huth

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf’s largest economies, have forged a deeper alliance in recent years, and have joined forces to pursue increasingly assertive foreign policies.

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Aisha Al-Sarihi Joins AGSIW as a Visiting Scholar

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2018 – The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that Aisha Al-Sarihi has joined the institute as a visiting scholar.

Gulf Rising: GCC-Horn of Africa Relations

On June 28, AGSIW hosted a public panel discussion on GCC-Horn of Africa relations.

Book Launch – Eruptions of Popular Anger: The Economics of the Arab Spring and Its Aftermath

On June 12, AGSIW hosted Elena Ianchovichina, deputy chief economist, Latin America and the Caribbean, at the World Bank, for a discussion of her book “Eruptions of Popular Anger: The Economics of the Arab Spring and Its Aftermath.”

Roundtable With AGSIW Chair of the Board Ambassador Frank G. Wisner

AGSIW hosted a conversation with the institute's chair, Ambassador Frank G. Wisner, who recently returned from meetings with European and Iranian interlocutors.

Shake-Up in the Middle East: How Will Regional Powers Respond?

On May 23, AGSIW hosted a panel discussion exploring the implications of major developments for the Gulf Arab countries and the rest of the region.

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What to Make of Trump’s Exit from the JCPOA

What are the global and regional implications of the Trump administration's withdrawal from the JCPOA?

Roundtable With Ambassador Sheikh Abdullah bin Rashid Al Khalifa

As part of the AGSIW Ambassadors Series, the institute hosted a conversation with H.E. Shaikh Abdullah bin Rashid Al Khalifa, ambassador of Bahrain to the United States.

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Taimur Khan Joins AGSIW as a Non-Resident Fellow

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2018 – The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that Taimur Khan has joined the institute as a non-resident fellow.

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UAE Security Forum 2017: Defense Industry and Economic Diversification

On December 6, 2017, the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington partnered with Raytheon to host the second annual UAE Security Forum.

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Yasser Elsheshtawy Joins AGSIW as a Visiting Scholar

WASHINGTON, January 8, 2018 – The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that Yasser Elsheshtawy has joined the institute as a visiting scholar.

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Driving Forward: Women in the Gulf Assess a Changing Landscape

The royal decree permitting women to drive in Saudi Arabia has focused attention on the social advances of women in the kingdom.

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Rising Stakes in Saudi Arabia’s Transformation

The transformation underway in Saudi Arabia continues to send regular shockwaves through business and diplomatic circles.

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Petro Diplomacy: Navigating the New Oil Era

On September 25, 2017, speakers and discussants from the oil industry, finance, government, and academia convened in Washington to examine the challenges of navigating the new oil era at the third annual Petro Diplomacy conference.

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A Conversation with H.E. Zayed R. Alzayani, Bahrain Minister of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism

Zayed R. Alzayani discusses Bahrain’s economic strategy and efforts to create a diversified and thriving private sector.

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The Arts and Culture Scene in Bahrain

Shaikha Hala bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, an artist and the culture and arts director at the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, discusses Bahrain's flourishing art scene.

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The Qatar Crisis

The Project on Middle East Political Science’s October 2017 briefing “The Qatar Crisis” features several pieces by AGSIW representatives.

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Driving in a New Direction: Sweeping Changes in Saudi Arabia

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.

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Guardians of the Arab State: When Militaries Intervene in Politics, from Iraq to Mauritania

Florence Gaub discusses how and why military organizations become involved in politics across the Middle East and North Africa in her latest book, "Guardians of the Arab State."

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Lessons on Building an Innovation Hub: Dubai as a Nexus City

With increasing pressure on governments to streamline their outlays in public expenditure and create jobs in the private sector for young citizens, Majid Saif Al Ghurair discusses how Dubai has used its tradition as a nexus city to invite new business and new ways of capitalizing on the skills of citizens and expatriates to create growth.

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Petro Diplomacy: Navigating the New Oil Era

AGSIW's conference, “Petro Diplomacy: Navigating the New Oil Era,” focused on critical issues facing the oil industry against the background of the shifting economic and political landscape in the region.

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Des Roches and Roberts Join AGSIW as Non-Resident Fellows

WASHINGTON, September 25, 2017 – The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that David Des Roches and David Roberts have joined the institute as non-resident fellows.

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Gulf Arts and Culture Symposium: The New Dynamism in Gulf Arts Panel

Panelists explore the transformation of arts and culture in the Gulf under the influence of a new media-savvy generation, and state investment in new arts industries.

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Financing Terrorism: What the U.S. and its Gulf Partners Are Doing to Cut Off Funding to Violent Extremist Networks

From seizing control of banks to extortion and trafficking in oil and oil-related products, terrorist organizations have diversified their revenue streams to amass significant war chests to fund their operations.

Financing Terrorism: What the U.S. and its Gulf Partners Are Doing to Cut Off Funding to Violent Extremist Networks

The United States and its Gulf Arab partners have taken significant steps to stem the flow of funds to terrorist groups over the past decade, culminating with the announcement of the new Terrorist Financing Targeting Center, co-chaired by the United States and Saudi Arabia.

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Gulf Geopolitics Forum

On February 24, 2017, experts from government, business, academia, and the policy world met at AGSIW to discuss U.S.-Gulf Arab relations, and the foreign policies and geostrategic concerns of the Gulf states, particularly with respect to Iran.

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Washington’s Role and Interests in the GCC Crisis

Will Washington move toward a neutral approach that urges a return to the status quo ante or continue to press for changes in Doha’s policies and conduct?

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GCC Crisis: Implications

As tensions across the Gulf Arab states escalate, measures taken against Qatar are impacting trade, business, and food security.

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Saudi Arabia Transforming

On May 10, 2017, AGSIW brought together thought leaders from the Gulf Arab states, Europe, and the United States to discuss Saudi Arabia at a transformational moment in its history.

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.

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Economic Reform in the GCC: A Vision for the Future

The past 50 years have seen unprecedented modernization and growth among the oil-rich Gulf Cooperation Council countries, which today rank among the world leaders in per capita income.

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The United Arab Emirates: Power, Politics, and Policymaking

Led by Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates has become deeply embedded in the contemporary system of international power, politics, and policymaking.

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A Conversation with Majid Jafar

As part of its new energy roundtable series, AGSIW was pleased to host a roundtable discussion with Majid Jafar, CEO of Crescent Petroleum, in conversation with Roger Diwan, vice president of IHS Financial Services at IHS Markit.

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Energy Roundtable with Majid Jafar

AGSIW was pleased to host a roundtable discussion with Majid Jafar, CEO of Crescent Petroleum, in conversation with Roger Diwan, vice president of IHS Financial Services at IHS Markit.

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Will Washington and Moscow Work Together in the Middle East?

Panelists discuss how the U.S. and Russian Middle East agendas converge and diverge, and how the prospect of a new level of coordination between them is viewed both in Europe and the Gulf.

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Is Yemen the First Battleground in the Trump Administration’s Confrontation with Iran?

President Donald J. Trump’s administration and U.S. partners in the region – in particular, Saudi Arabia – see Yemen as an important arena in which to confront Iran’s destabilizing behavior, and to neutralize the threat it is seen as posing to Gulf Arab states.

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Gulf Rising: GCC-Turkey Relations

In this third roundtable of the Gulf Rising series, AGSIW looked beyond GCC relations with the United States to examine economic and political ties with Turkey.

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Yemen after the War

On October 14, 2016, AGSIW and b’huth, the Dubai Public Policy Research Center, co-hosted the workshop “Yemen after the War,” at the AGSIW offices in Washington, DC.

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Governance and the War Economy in Yemen

While suffering the mantle of the poorest country in the Middle East, Yemen has faced massive economic hardship due to the war, including the destruction of farmlands, factories, and other essential parts of the state infrastructure.

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Prince Turki Al Faisal Comments on JASTA

On October 21, AGSIW hosted a panel discussion examining the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act and its various impacts, as well as the international response and implications for U.S.-Saudi relations.

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How Americans and Gulf Arabs See Each Other

The United States and the Gulf Arab states maintain a long-standing partnership that is crucial to their national interests.

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JASTA: American Politics and U.S.-Saudi Relations

Panelists discuss the JASTA and its various impacts, as well as the international response and implications for U.S.-Saudi relations.

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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Petro Diplomacy: Challenges in the New Energy World

A protracted period of dramatically lower oil prices has ushered in momentous challenges for Gulf Arab states and oil producing countries around the world.

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Economic Reform and Political Risk in the GCC: Implications for U.S. Government and Business

The following is a transcript of the eighty-fifth in a series of Capitol Hill conferences convened by the Middle East Policy Council.

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Journalist Khaled Almaeena Evaluates the Saudi National Transformation Program

Khaled Almaeena, a leading Saudi journalist and former editor-in-chief of the Saudi Gazette, joined AGSIW for a closed roundtable discussion on the Saudi National Transformation Program 2020 and Vision 2030.

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Vision 2030: A New Look for Saudi Arabia?

On April 25, the Saudi government presented Vision 2030, a sweeping plan for moving the kingdom beyond oil dependence.

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RIWAYA: Gulf Poetry's Modern Revival

Far from being a relic of the past, poetry has witnessed a modern revival through television and the Internet to reach an audience of millions in the Gulf Cooperation Council states.

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Fueling the Gulf Startup Revolution

The lure of entrepreneurship is growing in the GCC countries, as the region plans ahead for a future less dependent on oil.

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Gulf Rising: The Emerging International Role of the Gulf States

The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council are increasingly playing a more assertive role in the region.

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Kuwait Transformed: A History of Oil and Urban Life

Farah Al-Nakib discusses Kuwait City's transformation from a small traditional town of mud brick courtyard houses into a modern city with marble-fronted buildings.

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The End of the U.S.-Saudi Special Relationship?

The United States' relationship with Saudi Arabia has been a cornerstone of U.S. policy in the Middle East for decades.

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Saudis Respond to Vision 2030

On April 25, the Saudi government presented to the public Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, a sweeping plan for moving the kingdom beyond oil dependence.

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Obama and the Gulf: Charting a Path Forward

During President Barack Obama's administration the U.S.-Saudi relationship has deteriorated due to mistrust and disagreement over Iran, Syria, and the U.S. commitment to Gulf security.

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Environmental Conservation in the UAE: Local Roots with Global Ambitions

Environmental conservation has been a long-standing concern as the United Arab Emirates has sought to balance rapid socioeconomic development and the protection of its natural heritage.

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Yemen: After the War, Securing a Long-Term Peace

As the Saudi intervention in the conflict in Yemen enters its second year, there is reason for some optimism that an end to the hostilities may be near.

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Personal Status Laws in the Gulf States

Personal status laws in the Gulf Cooperation Council states regulate and impact women’s rights in every domain: education, work, freedom of movement, marriage or divorce, children, and access to resources within or outside the family.

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Saudi Arabian Foreign Policy: Conflict and Cooperation

Having historically been the only oil producer with sufficient spare capacity to shape the world economy, Saudi Arabia has held a critical position in 21st century geopolitics.

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Labor Dynamics in the Gulf

Lower oil prices are challenging the traditional labor system in the Gulf states, built largely from a migrant labor force.

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Bridging the Cybersecurity Talent Gap: A Scene Setter for UAESF 2016

In the Gulf Arab states, cyberattacks targeting key installations cost an estimated $1 billion annually.

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Testimony - Inside the Mind of ISIS: Understanding Its Goals and Ideology to Better Protect the Homeland

On Wednesday, January 20, AGSIW Board Member and Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University Bernard Haykel testified in front of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs at the hearing “Inside the Mind of ISIS: Understanding Its Goals and Ideology to Better Protect the Homeland.” In his testimony, Haykel stated: Thinking of the Islamic State in purely ideological terms offers only a partial explanation of the jihadist phenomenon in Iraq and Syria.

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The Saudi-Iranian Confrontation: What Lies Ahead?

This AGSIW panel discussion examines a wide range of issues arising from the flare-up between Saudi Arabia and Iran in the aftermath of the execution of a leading Saudi Shia dissident cleric, the attack on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and the severing of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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Hala Aldosari Joins AGSIW as a Visiting Scholar

WASHINGTON, January 6, 2016 – The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that Hala Aldosari has joined the institute as a visiting scholar for a six-month period.

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Women and Elections in Saudi Arabia

On December 17, AGSIW hosted a panel discussion on the December 12 municipal elections in Saudi Arabia, the first in which women were included as voters and as candidates.

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War or Peace? The Gulf States and Russia's Intervention in Syria

Panelists discuss developments relating to Russia's intervention in Syria and the response of the Gulf Arab states.

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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.

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

Panelists discuss the economic relations between the Arab Gulf States and global powers such as China and Iran and other parts of the world, including the Balkans.

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In the Media: AGSIW President on BBC Radio

Ambassador Marcelle Wahba responds to the UAE’s temporary suspension of participation in coalition air strikes against ISIL due to operational issues not political concerns.

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President Marcelle M. Wahba Welcomes You to AGSIW.ORG

It gives me great pleasure to introduce the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW).  I am deeply honored to have been appointed by our Board of Directors as the Institute’s first President to establish this new think tank because I believe that today, more than ever, we need to build bridges of understanding and cooperation across borders and cultures.

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Board meets in Washington, DC

Ten Board Directors were formally appointed on December 10, 2014 to lead the new think tank, The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW).

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The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting

AGSIW attended The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting, November 22-25.

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The American Political Science Association Convention 2014

AGSIW attended The American Political Science Association (APSA) Convention, August 28-September 4.