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Upcoming Events
Gulf Culture and Arts SymposiumGulf Arts and Culture Symposium: Art and the Gulf City

Join AGSIW and Alserkal Avenue for performances and talks by leading Gulf-based artists. With this event, AGSIW celebrates its third anniversary of examining the Gulf Arab states in all their complexity. 
DATES May 8-9, 2018
LOCATIONS AGSIW and The Phillips Collection

TrumpTrump and the Future of the JCPOA

DATE May 16, 2018
TIME 12:30 - 2:00 pm
SPEAKERS Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, Thomas Pickering
MODERATOR Stephen A. Seche


By Yasser Elsheshtawy

Over the last few years many cities have attempted to integrate cultural developments within their overall planning strategy. This involves the utilization of spectacular architecture and conversion of formerly industrial areas into art districts. As a result, many of these newly developed areas have witnessed an influx of upscale retail and housing catering to a wealthy and highly educated clientele. The Gulf Arab states have been at the forefront of such developments within the wider Arab region. Seen as a way to diversify their economic output, these gleaming museums and cultural centers primarily aim to attract tourists. At the same time, through such initiatives the region is setting its sights at claiming the mantle of the Arab world’s cultural leaders.
This paper is published in conjunction with AGSIW's second annual Gulf Arts and Culture Symposium.
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The Bridge blog

By Kristin Smith Diwan

The April 15 Arab League meeting in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia earned the name “the Jerusalem summit” due to the strong support Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and assembled Arab delegates declared for the Palestinian capital. But in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, attention was drawn to an official reception hosted by King Salman for a group of local notables. Saudi newspapers published – and Shia chatrooms and WhatsApp groups circulated – pictures of King Salman smiling and shaking hands with a number of Shia clerics and businessmen, prominent among them leading Shia opposition cleric Hassan al-Saffar. It was the first public meeting of the two men since the freeze in relations with the Shia Islamic reform movement during the height of Arab Spring protests.
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AGSIW in Arabic

فور تصديق مجلس الشيوخ على تعيينه وزيرا للخارجية، توجه مايك بومبيو إلى المطار ليبدأ جولة أوربية- شرق أوسطية، ليبحث مع أصدقاء وحلفاء واشنطن أحد أبرز –وربما أخطر- قرار سيتخذه الرئيس ترامب منذ انتخابه، أي الانسحاب من الاتفاق النووي الدولي الموقع بين إيران والدول ذات العضوية الدائمة في مجلس الأمن وألمانيا في 2015 والذي يفرض قيودا على البرنامج النووي الإيراني، مقابل رفع العقوبات الاقتصادية المفروضة على طهران بسبب هذا البرنامج
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In addition to original content, in Arabic is regularly updated with new Arabic translations of AGSIW's analysis. Recent translations include:

By Hussein Ibish

Will Donald Trump walk away from the Iran nuclear deal, as he has threatened, on May 12? In these pages, I explained why it is in his interests to instead craft a new deal with the European signatories and claim to have “fixed” the Iran agreement. However, many signs suggest he’s determined to definitively reject it. That could all be misdirection – or fair warning. Most conversations now hinge on the binary question of whether Mr Trump will “fix or nix” the Iran nuclear agreement. But in practice he has a wide range of options for rejecting the deal.
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In the Media
Ibish on TVOSenior Resident Scholar Hussein Ibish discussed Vision 2030 reforms in Saudi Arabia on TVO's "The Agenda with Steve Paikin."

Financial Times cited Senior Resident Scholar Kristin Smith Diwan's Bridge post, which discussed the developing entertainment industry in Saudi Arabia.

Department/Team: Senior Resident Scholars
Period: Part Time (20-25 hours/week, no benefits)
Location: Washington, DC

About the Candidate: Provide research assistance and support to senior resident scholars at AGSIW. At the direction of the scholars, conduct research on Gulf political economy, foreign policy, business politics, finance, macroeconomics, and U.S. policy toward the region. Monitor contemporary developments in the Gulf states and U.S. policy, including reviews of regional and international media. Source data, compile bibliographies, literature reviews, and write briefs on relevant topics. Create charts and graphics for AGSIW publications. Provide communications and logistical support to senior resident scholars, and perform additional tasks as requested.

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