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Donald Trump The Regional Implications of Trump’s Iran Policies

DATE Thursday February 22, 2018
TIME 12:30 - 2:00 pm
SPEAKERS Ali Alfoneh, Paul Salem, Susan L. Ziadeh
MODERATOR Hussein Ibish
Saudi Arabia, China Gulf Rising: GCC-East Asia Relations

DATE Wednesday February 28, 2018
TIME 12:30 - 2:00 pm
SPEAKERS Chas W. Freeman, Haihong Gao, Mohammed Al-Sudairi, Bingbing Wu
MODERATOR Hussein Ibish
UAESF 2017UAE 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. “UAESF 2017: Defense Industry and Economic Diversification” brought together private sector leaders from technology-driven industries in the United Arab Emirates, U.S. defense industry representatives, and policymakers to offer their perspectives on challenges and opportunities in Gulf countries’ efforts to wean their economies off government spending and state-controlled growth.
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YemenYemen’s Cratered Economy: Glimmers of Hope?

By Peter Salisbury

Yemen’s humanitarian crisis is now the world’s largest in terms of the number of people in need. The crisis is the result of long-simmering structural issues in Yemen’s economy, the civil war, and the politicization of the economy during the three-year-old conflict. The crisis cannot be resolved through humanitarian aid alone. Any improvement in the humanitarian environment will require an intervention in Yemen’s macroeconomy, particularly its banking system. 
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The Bridge blog
Tillerson in KuwaitSquaring Circles? Tillerson's Failed Middle East Sojourn

By Hisham Melhem

Before he headed to the Middle East on his five-country journey, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was preparing himself for an unpleasant encounter with an angry Turkish president, a sullen Egyptian president, and a tight-fisted international community gathered in Kuwait clearly reluctant to commit billions of dollars to rebuild Iraq. Even in the friendliest capital, Amman, Tillerson had to contend with the impact of the disruptive policies of President Donald J. Trump, particularly his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
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AGSIW in Arabic

 حتى قبل أن يبدأ رحلته الشاقة في منطقة الشرق الأوسط الملتهبة، كان وزير الخارجية ريكس تيلرسون يدرك أن الرئيس دونالد ترامب يريد أن يضعه أمام أصعب امتحان يواجهه منذ توليه مسؤولياته قبل سنة. حتى توقيت الجولة، بدا الرئيس الأمريكي وكأنه مصمم لمعاقبة تيلرسون وتحويل جولته إلى مهمة مستحيلة. وتشهد المنطقة منذ سنوات مختلف أنواع الحروب الأهلية والداخلية، الحروب المباشرة، والحروب بالوكالة، والاقتتال المذهبي والطائفي والاثني...حروب الأقلية الحاكمة ضد الأكثرية المظلومة، وحروب الأقليات التي تريد الاستقلال عن الدولة المركزية، وتحالف الدولة المركزية مع جيرانها لقمع أي حلم بالاستقلال

In addition to original content, in Arabic is regularly updated with new Arabic translations of AGSIW's analysis. Recent translations include:
Mattis in AfghanistanHow Does U.S. Power in the Middle East Today Compare to What It Was During the Previous Administration?

By Hussein Ibish

By most objective metrics, U.S. hard power (military), soft power (scientific, cultural, and humanitarian), and “sticky” power (economic) in the Middle East is largely unchanged from four or eight years ago. Washington is still the predominant outside force in the region, and, arguably, the single most influential player in the region.
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Press Release
Alanoud Al-SharekhAlanoud Al-Sharekh Joins AGSIW as a Non-Resident Fellow

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that Alanoud Al-Sharekh has joined the institute as a non-resident fellow. Al-Sharekh is currently a consulting partner at Ibtkar Strategic Consultancy and a research associate at the London Middle East Institute at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. She serves as chairperson of the “Friends Who Care” project in Kuwait, as well as the Abolish 153 campaign, the winner of the 2016 European Union Chaillot Prize for Human Rights.
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In the Media
Kristin Smith DiwanSpeaking with AP, Senior Resident Scholar Kristin Smith Diwan commented on political activism in Kuwait.
Visiting Scholars

Department/Team: Senior Resident Scholars
Period: Fall 2018
Location: Washington, DC

About the Candidate: Visiting scholars are individuals who possess a PhD or equivalent professional experience. The length of stay for a visiting scholar is typically a semester or academic year. AGSIW is actively seeking candidates with significant regional experience and fluency in written and spoken Arabic.
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Position Title: Program and Digital Media Intern 
Period: May 
August 2018
Location: Washington, DC

Job Summary: The Internship Program at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington provides talented students and recent graduates with a three-month (or longer) training opportunity designed to encourage professional and personal development. We encourage out-of-the-box thinking and value fresh perspectives. Interns will receive a monthly stipend. 
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Audio/Visual Specialist

Department/Team: Publications and Digital Media
Hours: Part Time (20+ hours/week, no benefits)
Location: Washington, DC

Job Summary: This position is responsible for supporting the Publications and Digital Media team by contributing to the development and production of engaging, innovative, and high-quality audio, video, and graphic content. 

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