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By Ali Alfoneh

This piece is part of a series about Iranian-backed Shia foreign fighters in Syria and their potential impact on regional security dynamics.

As Washington is preparing the ground for direct talks with the Taliban to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan and perhaps reduce the U.S. military presence there, it must brace itself for the potential risk of regional powers increasing their presence to fill the power vacuum. One of those regional powers, Iran, has provided support to Shia and Sunni Afghan militants for four decades, which offers some insights into Tehran’s long-range strategy.
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By Yasser Elsheshtawy

Five Arab countries are participating in the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, including, for the first time, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. Largely considered one of the most significant architectural gatherings in the world, it is an event that draws practitioners, academics, and critics. Over the last few years there has been an increased presence from the Gulf Arab states, with the participation of Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait, providing a platform and opportunity for these countries to make a positive contribution to architectural discourse. 
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AGSIW in Arabic

تعرضت السياسة الخارجية لإدارة الرئيس دونالد ترامب – إذا افترضنا أنه يمكن الحديث عن وجود سياسة واحدة، وواضحة المعالم -  في الأسابيع الأخيرة إلى انتقادات لاذعة في الأوساط الاعلامية والسياسية، بمن فيها قيادات الحزبين الديموقراطي والجمهوري. وتركزت الانتقادات على التناقضات التي اتسمت فيها مواقف الرئيس ترامب، في لقاءات القمة التي جمعته مع الحلفاء في كندا وبلجيكا، ومع الخصوم (؟) في سنغافورة وهلسينكي ومواقفه التي فسرها الحلفاء على أنها تقّوض عمليا النهج الدولي الذي اعتمدته الولايات المتحدة منذ نهاية الحرب العالمية الثانية. في هذه اللقاءات دخل ترامب في مواجهات سياسية وشخصية مع الحلفاء الذين تجمعهم مع أمريكا قيم مشتركة ومصالح اقتصادية واستراتيجية، بمن فيهم قادة كندا وألمانيا وبريطانيا، عكست تشكيكه بجدوى حلف شمال الأطلسي (الناتو) والعلاقات الخاصة مع اعضائه، وارتياحه من جهة أخرى في التعامل مع قادة متسلطين واوتوقراطيين مثل زعيم كوريا الشمالية وكيم جونغ أون، والرئيس الروسي فلاديمير بوتين، عكست رغبته باقامة علاقات نوعية جديدة معهم
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By Hussein Ibish

Are the United States and Iran preparing to go to war? The prospect has certainly advanced considerably since Donald Trump became president and, particularly, when he withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement. But there might be less going on than meets the eye. 
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Past Event

On July 27, AGSIW hosted a conversation with Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg, assistant secretary-general for political and negotiation affairs for the Gulf Cooperation Council. One year after U.S. President Donald J. Trump's landmark visit to Saudi Arabia, is another U.S.-GCC summit on the horizon? This discussion focused on U.S.-GCC relations and recent developments in the region. Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba, AGSIW president, moderated the discussion.
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In the Media
Ali AlfonehSpeaking with BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight and BBC World Service's Newshour, Visiting Scholar Ali Alfoneh discussed Iran’s Major General Qassim Suleimani, head of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and his role in Iranian politics. For Albawaba, Alfoneh commented on the Iranian opposition group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq.

Speaking with Asia Times, Visiting Scholar Aisha Al-Sarihi discussed the effects of desalination in Gulf Arab countries on climate change.

Position Title: Program and Digital Media Intern 
Period: August 
December 2018
Location: Washington, DC
Deadline Extended: July 31

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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Visiting Scholar

Position Title: Visiting Scholar
Period: Spring 2019

Location: Washington, DC

Job Summary: 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. AGSIW will provide a stipend that can be used to cover living expenses, travel costs, or incidental research expenses.
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