The Dhow: A Weekly Newsletter from AGSIW 

Upcoming Event
DATE: Thursday February 7
TIME: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
SPEAKERS: Ali Alfoneh, Mehdi Khalaji
MODERATOR: Yara Bayoumy
The Bridge blog
With the war over, Arab countries re-engage with the Assad regime to ensure their interests in the future of Syria.
OPEC and its non-OPEC allies are working to drain excess supply and balance oil markets, but much depends on whether the expanded oil producers’ club remains committed to production cuts.
Market Watch
Short-term measures to replace expatriate workers with Omani citizens could have implications for the sultanate’s long-term economic growth and diversification process.
Saudi Arabia has been pleased by its reinvigorated partnership with the U.S. during the administration of President Donald Trump. But the Saudi leadership has put itself in danger of becoming a partisan flashpoint in U.S. politics, which would be disastrous for both countries.
In the absence of a comprehensive policy, Washington’s friends and foes alike may pursue their own agendas.
As Iran descends ever deeper into economic and political crisis, Reza Pahlavi’s star is in the ascendant. During anti-regime rallies, protesters chanted “Reza Shah, blessed be thy soul,” a reference to the founder of Iran’s Pahlavi dynasty.
In the Media
Stephen A. Seche appears on Al ArabiyaSpeaking with Al Arabiya, Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba, AGSIW president, discussed U.S. General Anthony Zinni's resignation as U.S. special envoy working on the Gulf Cooperation Council dispute with Qatar. Ambassador Stephen A. Seche, AGSIW executive vice president, also commented on Zinni's resignation for Al Arabiya.

Senior Resident Scholar Kristin Smith Diwan discussed Saudi asylum seeker Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun with The Wall Street Journal and Time. For The Washington Post, Diwan commented on the Saudi government's increased focus on tourism, in light of the arrest of activists and the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Senior Resident Scholar Hussein Ibish discussed U.S.-Saudi relations with The New York Times. Also for The New York Times, Ibish commented on the Qatar dispute, and for Haaretz, he discussed the Trump administration's Middle East policy.
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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