Speaking with the BBC, AGSIW Executive Vice President Stephen A. Seche commented on his trip to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia earlier this month to meet with Saudi and Yemeni officials about the ongoing Yemen Crisis: “What I did walk away with is a feeling of frustration that there is an awareness, increasingly, an awareness that the situation is going entirely in the wrong direction. That on the battlefield, there’s stasis, there’s no clear way out. Only a political settlement is determined to be the final way they can get themselves free of this mess. And yet, the political will and military ability, the kind of commitment to say ‘we will accept less than we walked in demanding,’ seems not to be there.”
Through its careful examination of the forces shaping the evolution of Gulf societies and the new generation of emerging leaders, AGSIW facilitates a richer understanding of the role the countries in this key geostrategic region can be expected to play in the 21st century.