The Dhow: A Weekly Newsletter from AGSIW 


One year after U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s landmark visit to Saudi Arabia, Gulf Cooperation Council Assistant Secretary-General for Political and Negotiation Affairs Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg and AGSIW’s Hussein Ibish discuss the potential for a U.S.-GCC summit in light of the state of U.S.-GCC relations and developments in the region.
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By Kristin Smith Diwan

As the United States and its Gulf partners intensify deliberations toward convening a U.S.-Gulf summit once scheduled for May, all parties are adjusting to new objectives and a shifting strategic landscape. Confronted with persistent divisions between key partners Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on the one hand and Qatar on the other, the United States appears willing to soften President Donald J. Trump's reported demand of a resolution to the Gulf crisis in favor of an indication of progress, particularly in support of the major objective of cooperation in confronting Iran. 
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By Ali Alfoneh

The war of words between Washington and Tehran is giving way to a more conciliatory tone, including even hints at direct and unconditional talks between the two capitals, even while U.S. economic pressure mounts. As a result, the Islamic Republic is facing a challenge as old as the revolutionary regime itself: Who should engage in, and potentially benefit from, negotiations with the United States, and when should they do so? 
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Market Watch

By Karen E. Young

Saudi Arabia did one thing right this week. It is seeing some positive news in the return on investment in its outwardly placed capital in new technology. Letting other people manage the money seems to be working.
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AGSIW in Arabic

منذ وصوله إلى البيت الأبيض، والرئيس دونالد ترامب يقوم بإعادة تحديد علاقات الولايات المتحدة مع الدول الحليفة والمعادية على السواء. وفي هذه العملية التي لا تضبطها قواعد واضحة أو موضوعية، لأنها تعكس ميول ورغبات ترامب الشخصية، معظم دول العالم معرضة، نظريا على الأقل، لتلقي الضربات العقابية الأمريكية. هذه الضربات تتراوح بين تعريض هذه الدول لعقوبات اقتصادية موجعة، أو للسان ترامب اللاذع، الذي أثبت مرارا أنه لن يتردد في استخدامه ضد قادة الدول الحليفة والصديقة ذات الأنظمة الديمقراطية، والتي تعتبر في طليعة الدول التي تتعامل معها واشنطن اقتصاديا، مثل كندا، وألمانيا وفرنسا والمكسيك
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By Hussein Ibish

With Hamas and Israel on the brink of yet another war, Gaza is boiling over, as all intelligent observers have predicted for months. Along with another wave of senseless, pointless death and destruction, this latest round of violence is a perfect apotheosis of the atrocious policies from Jared Kushner and the Donald Trump administration on all matters involving Israel and the Palestinians.
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By Ali Alfoneh

There was a time when internal and external threats used to join the ruling elites of Iran in a unified front against the source of the threats. That no longer appears to be the case. Facing the dual threat of an American economic war and public protests, the ruling elites in Tehran are at each other’s throats. This is hardly surprising considering all that’s at stake: the survival of President Hassan Rohani’s technocratic government in the short term and succession after Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the longer term.
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Past Event
Elizabeth Dickinson roundtableDiscussion with Elizabeth Dickinson, Senior Analyst, International Crisis Group

On August 7, AGSIW hosted a roundtable discussion with Elizabeth Dickinson, senior analyst for the Arabian Peninsula at the International Crisis Group. With extensive experience in the Gulf, Dickinson shared insights from her research on critical regional issues. The discussion focused on Gulf-Horn of Africa ties and the ongoing conflict in Yemen and was moderated by AGSIW Executive Vice President Stephen A. Seche.
In the Media
Karen E. YoungSenior Resident Scholar Karen E. Young commented on the Saudi-Canadian diplomatic dispute for The Wall Street Journal. Senior Resident Scholar Kristin Smith Diwan also commented on the dispute for AFP, The Washington Post, and The National.

For Albawaba, Visiting Scholar Ali Alfoneh commented on the origins of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iran as well as its economic activities. He also discussed anti-regime protests in Iran for Kristeligt Dagblad.
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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