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January 6, 2020
A man waves the Iraqi flag while Iraqi soldiers are deployed in front of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 1. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
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Upcoming Event
Strategic Implications of Iraq's Multiple Crises
Thursday January 23 | 12:30 – 2:00 pm

Join AGSIW for a panel discussion with Ambassador Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi, Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman, and Randa Slim examining the recent crises in Iraq and the fallout from the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran’s Quds Force commander Major General Qassim Suleimani. Hussein Ibish will moderate the discussion.
In Tehran, Iran on Jan. 3, protesters mourn during a demonstration over the U.S. airstrike in Iraq that killed the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force commander, Major General Qassim Suleimani, shown in the posters. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
AP Photo/Vahid Salemi
Hussein Ibish

Following a U.S. drone strike that killed Iran’s Quds Force chief, Gulf Arab states can help calm tensions.
Ali Alfoneh

Under the leadership of Brigadier General Ismail Qaani, there is likely to be greater continuity than change in the Quds Force.
Ambassador Stephen A. Seche

As Iran contemplates its response to the killing of Major General Qassim Suleimani, it will likely look to an asymmetric response employing resources in the region, such as the Houthi rebels in Yemen.
Hussein Ibish via Bloomberg

Tehran knows direct conflict would impose huge costs on the Islamic Republic.
Ali Alfoneh via The Arab Weekly

Soleimani changed the nature of al-Quds Force in a significant way: He became the public face of a once-secret organization.
Eman Alhussein and Sara Almohamadi

The relaxation of social norms in Saudi Arabia has proved to be both emboldening and disorienting.
Colby Connelly

Oman has had notable success with its Khazzan gas field, but the sultanate will need to manage its domestic gas consumption and sign favorable long-term supply contracts to continue to benefit from LNG exports.
Abdullah F. Alrebh

The Downtown Awamiya development project is an important initiative in a region that has been deprived of cultural resources and investment from the state.
AGSIW in Arabic
  لدى إيران خيارات عسكرية عديدة للرد على قتل سليماني، فحتى لو اقتصر ردها على وكلائها في العراق والمنطقة، فإنها لن تضمن في أن تقود ردود أفعال ترامب العسكرية إلى حرب مباشرة
Anwar Gargash speaks at UAESF 2019
Video: UAESF 2019
UAE Security Forum 2019: Keynote Session with H.E. Anwar Gargash

At the UAE Security Forum 2019 in Abu Dhabi, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash presented keynote remarks on the United Arab Emirates' strategic engagement in the Horn of Africa. Additional videos, as well as the forum report, will be available later this month.
In the Media
  • CNN: Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman appeared on “The Lead with Jake Tapper” to discuss the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. He additionally spoke about the embassy attacks with NPR, PBS Newshour, and The Washington Post.
  • CNBC: In an interview, Silliman discussed concerns for Iraq’s stability in the wake of the killing of Major General Qassim Suleimani, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force commander.
  • The New Yorker: Silliman addressed the significance of the deaths of Suleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, head of Iraq’s Kataib Hezbollah militia, in the region.
  • The Washington Post: Ali Alfoneh commented on the appointment of Brigadier General Ismail Qaani as the new Quds Force commander.
  • Financial Times: Silliman discussed U.S.-Iraqi relations and security cooperation.
  • Reuters: Alfoneh commented on the potential timing of an Iranian retaliation against the killing of Suleimani.
  • Time: Silliman commented on the potential Iranian response to Suleimani’s death.
  • Fox Business: In an interview, Silliman discussed the immediate implications of the U.S. airstrikes that killed Suleimani and Muhandis.
  • Foreign Policy: In an interview, Silliman discussed the impact of Suleimani’s death on Iraq as well as the potential for Iranian retaliation against U.S. targets.
  • Yahoo Finance: In an interview, Hussein Ibish discussed the Iranian government’s response to the killing of Suleimani.
  • Fox Business: In an interview, Silliman discussed the potential for traditional diplomacy between the United States and regional allies to de-escalate tensions with Iran.
  • Independent: Alfoneh addressed the continuity of the IRGC, as well as the Islamic Republic’s domestic response to Suleimani’s killing.
  • The Hill: Alfoneh discussed Suleimani’s legacy as commander of the Quds Force.
  • Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: Alfoneh discussed the role of Suleimani’s successor as commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force and the continuity of the IRGC.
  • Arabian Business referenced and quoted AGSIW's piece "Suleimani’s Death Draws the Gulf Region Closer to a Conflict No One Wants" and the role of Oman and Kuwait in easing tensions.
  • The Banker: Robert Mogielnicki commented on Iran's ability to implement economic reforms.
  • The National: Ibish commented on social changes implemented in Saudi Arabia in 2019.
  • The National: Ibish discussed Saudi Arabia’s role as a regional leader in light of recent social reforms.
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