The Dhow: A Weekly Newsletter from AGSIW 

Upcoming Event
RocketFilmfest DC: “On Borrowed Time”

AGSIW is pleased to support the screening of “On Borrowed Time” at  Filmfest DC.
DATES Tuesday April 24 at 6:00 pm 
Thursday April 26 at 8:30 pm

Purchase tickets

By Hussein Ibish

One of the most important and least understood aspects of Saudi Arabia’s evolving proactive foreign and regional policy is its campaign of diplomatic and political outreach in Iraq. After almost a century of relations marked largely by rivalry and occasional enmity, Saudi Arabia felt increasingly frozen out of Iraq’s political dynamics as the country began to emerge from the U.S. occupation. Particularly during the second term of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, Riyadh effectively walked away from an Iraqi government that appeared irredeemably under Iranian sway.
Read more
The Bridge blog

By Hussein Ibish

Some ideas never die. Most recently, the Trump administration, reportedly via a phone call from National Security Advisor John Bolton to Egypt’s acting head of intelligence, Abbas Kamel, proposed the creation of an Arab expeditionary force to be deployed to Syria. In the process, the White House was resurrecting a concept that, for decades, has surfaced periodically in Middle Eastern discourse only to quickly evaporate and then suddenly re-emerge. The idea of a regional military alliance that can represent collective Arab political and security interests in conflicts dates back to at least the 1950s.
Read more
AGSIW in Arabic

شبّه المدير السابق لمكتب التحقيقات الفيدرالي (أف بي آي) جيمس كومي أسلوب قيادة الرئيس دونالد ترامب بذلك الذي يتبعه قادة عصابات المافيا، حيث يتوقع الزعيم الولاء المطلق من اتباعه، بكونه المركز الذي يتمحور حوله الجميع. كل شيء في عالم دونالد ترامب، وفقا لكومي، مقلوب رأسا على عقب. الوقائع غير ثابتة، والحقيقة مشكوك بأمرها، والكذب يتم تطبيعه، والسلوك غير الأخلاقي يتم تجاهله، أو تبريره أو مكافأته. كُتب الكثير عن أسلوب ترامب القيادي، وكيف يسعى إلى شخصنة كل شيء، والمبالغة بقدراته القيادية على انتزاع التنازلات من خصومه، وحنكته المفترضة في المناورة وإيصال المفاوضات إلى حافة الانهيار قبل إنقاذها في اللحظة الأخيرة. وهو يعتمد على الترغيب والترهيب، وعلى التهديد بالتصرف بطرق غير تقليدية أو حتى شبه انتحارية، كما رأينا في تهديده "بتدمير" كوريا الشمالية
اطلع على المزيد

In addition to original content, in Arabic is regularly updated with new Arabic translations of AGSIW's analysis. Recent translations include:
In the Media
IbishSenior Resident Scholar Hussein Ibish discussed the background and implications of protests in Gaza on VOA's Encounter.

For The National, Visiting Scholar Yasser Elsheshtawy commented on infrastructure development in the UAE, noting that many projects are focusing efforts on pedestrian-friendly mixed-use developments.
AGSIW hosted its 2018 board meeting in Muscat, Oman. The delegation of board members and staff held high level meetings with officials from the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Senior Resident Scholar Kristin Smith Diwan participated in the Atlantic Council's U.S.-Saudi dialogue delegation to Riyadh.

1050 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 1060

Washington, DC 20036

unsubscribe | update subscription preferences