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Women’s Nabati Poetry Captures Hearts

Inspired by love, longing, and the desert environment, female poets have long contributed to Nabati poetry. Now, women are breaking norms, refuting the notion that women and men are on different levels in poetry.

The Future Direction of Social Reforms in Saudi Arabia

On August 11, AGSIW will partner with the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies to host a virtual panel discussion examining social reform programs in Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi Arabia Hikes Its VAT, But for How Long?

Saudi Arabia has adopted strict austerity measures to combat the dual effect of falling oil prices and the coronavirus crisis. Unlike previous measures that were lifted when oil prices recovered, a July 1 VAT increase (from 5% to 15%) is more likely to stay in place, which could present challenges to low-income families, businesses, and plans to revive domestic tourism.

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Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund Goes on a Spending Spree

A tense period in U.S.-Saudi relations has not dissuaded the kingdom’s Public Investment Fund from investing in major U.S. companies during an opportunistic spending spree.

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Max Weber in Arabia: Saudi’s Character Enrichment Program

As the Saudi government manages the fallout from collapsing oil revenue, it will be seeking greater contributions from the Saudi public. A little-known program to instill the productive values of entrepreneurship, hard work, and optimism may have found its moment.

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Why U.S.-Saudi Relations are Facing an Unprecedented Crisis

Although there are many reasons to believe the U.S.-Saudi partnership can endure, the need for both parties to repair trust has rarely been more urgent.

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Ramadan Series Address New Societal Norms in Saudi Arabia 

As Saudi Arabia undergoes a generational shift, Saudi Ramadan series provide insight into the social changes occurring inside the kingdom.

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Two Pillars of Yemeni Peace Efforts Near Collapse as Saudis Search for an Exit Door

The specter of a Saudi withdrawal from Yemen is prompting parties to the conflict to shore up their positions, further destabilizing the country.

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Creating Saudi Arabia’s “Visual Majlis”: Ali al-Kalthami on Telfaz11 and the Future of Saudi Film

Saudi filmmakers came late to the craft, limited by the lack of opportunities for training and imposed by Saudi Arabia’s conservative sociopolitical order. Today, filmmakers are viewed as avatars of the top-down transformation of Saudi society.

Migrant Workers at the Epicenter of Public Health Crisis in the Gulf

The coronavirus, along with the economic crisis due to falling oil prices, is having a direct impact on businesses in the Gulf, including migrant labor, the bulk of the work force.

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