Regional Affairs

Book Launch: Urban Modernity in the Contemporary Gulf

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

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Gulf Countries Gear Up for a Net-Zero World

Energy transitions are by their nature disruptive, but the pandemic has introduced a risk factor that might play out for years to come.

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IN NARRATIVE: Exploring Urban Gulf Spaces Through Fiction

A Kuwaiti-Bahraini duo engages Gulf architects, designers, and the public in bringing the built environment to life through storytelling.

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UAE Recasts “Cities of Salt” to Win Venice Biennale Architectural Award

The UAE’s participation in the biennale, and being recognized as a leading architectural force, is an important step toward engaging with sociopolitical issues and toward considering the extent to which the built environment can contribute to an equitable and sustainable future.

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Expo 2020 Dubai: By and For UAE Youth

Dubai’s Expo 2020 puts young Emirati citizens and residents center stage at the Middle East’s first world exposition.

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A New U.S. Weapons Exports Policy: Transformed or Simply Revamped?

A new Conventional Arms Transfer policy based on human rights could have a major impact on the global arms trade and U.S.-Gulf relations, but questions remain as to whether recent announcements will lead to concrete policy shifts.

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Wary But Intrigued, Saudi Arabia is Still Weighing Potential Ties to Israel

A year after the signing of the Abraham Accords, Saudi Arabia remains poised between joining the accords or deciding it is not worth the many risks involved.

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Abraham Accords: Israel Assesses Successes, Shortcomings in Expanding Gulf Relations

Despite gains in bilateral relations and economic ties, one year after the signing of the Abraham Accords, there is an understanding in Israel that the agreements have not yet changed the “rules of the game” on a strategic level in the region.

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Iraq Secures Largest Foreign Investment in Two Decades With TotalEnergies Deal

The TotalEnergies deal with Iraq includes clean energy aspects that are a step in the right direction for the country to develop a more sustainable economy, but the focus is still on oil and gas.

Another Morocco-Algeria Rupture Jeopardizes Gulf Outreach, Regional Connectivity 

Gulf actors will be paying close attention to the dispute to make sure it does not transition to more direct conflict that could further jeopardize regional stability and strategic Europe-Mediterranean-Africa market linkages.

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