The Dhow: A Weekly Newsletter from AGSIW 

Happy New Year!
All of us at AGSIW would like to extend to you our very best wishes for a healthy and peaceful 2019.
The Bridge blog
Dealing with an unpredictable, exceptionally political, and nonstrategic administration in Washington poses serious problems for all U.S. allies, including those in the Gulf.
Abu Dhabi’s Cultural Quarter, opened at the site of what was long the city's social and cultural heart, is unique in its integration of culture and space, and could serve as a model for urban regeneration.
Market Watch

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s November trip to Egypt highlighted the important regional alliance between Riyadh and Cairo, but collaboration over megaprojects may strain Riyadh’s fiscal capacity.
Event Report
On October 18, 2018, the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington convened its fourth annual Petro Diplomacy conference, “Back to the Future – Oil and Gas at the Center of New Growth in the GCC States.”
AGSIW in Arabic
مثلت استقالة وزير الدفاع الأمريكي جيم ماتيس ضربة قاسية لرئاسة ترامب، ويتوقع المراقبون من أن يكون لها تداعيات هامة في ملفات الشرق الأوسط المختلفة

By F. Gregory Gause, III via Foreign Affairs

In the May/June 2018 issue of Foreign Affairs, I wrote that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), had consolidated his position within the ruling family to such a degree that he was free of the constraints imposed by the collective leadership model that characterized the Saudi regime in the past. That freedom of action allowed MBS to take important steps toward economic and social change, such as privatizing five percent of the state oil company, Saudi Aramco, and allowing women to drive. But it also facilitated foreign policy adventures that would not have occurred previously. “Given his ambition and impulsiveness,” I warned, “the world should expect more surprises.”

By Hussein Ibish via The National

The United Arab Emirates will reopen its embassy in Damascus, and Bahrain and Kuwait are following suit.

As the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was taking place in Poland, AGSIW hosted a discussion examining efforts by the Gulf Arab countries to tackle climate change, both in terms of mitigation and adaptation.
In the Media
Kristin Smith DiwanSenior Resident Scholar Kristin Smith Diwan discussed the evolution of the Gulf region with the Sectarianism, Proxies and De-sectarianisation project based at Lancaster University’s Richardson Institute.

The Jerusalem Post quoted Senior Resident Scholar Hussein Ibish's remarks in The National about the Trump administration's planned pullout of U.S. troops from Syria.
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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