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February 10, 2020
Saudi soccer fans watch the first leg of the Asian Champions League final soccer match between Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal FC and Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds at a coffee shop in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
AP Photo/Amr Nabil
Upcoming Event
Young and Male: Identity and Politics in Saudi Arabia
Wednesday March 11 | 12:30 – 2:00 pm

On March 11, Mark Thompson, professor and author of Being Young, Male and Saudi: Identity and Politics in a Globalized Kingdom, joins Kristin Smith Diwan for a discussion of his work on the generational shift in attitudes of Saudi men.
Oman's new Sultan Haitham bin Tariq al-Said swears in at the Royal Family Council, Muscat, Oman, Jan. 11. (Oman News Agency via AP)
Oman News Agency via AP
Kristin Smith Diwan

Sultan Haitham will need to balance powerful interests while engaging all parties, especially as he tackles economic policy.
Robert Mogielnicki

The Houthis are unlikely to find immediate solutions in their nascent electronic currency, but this financial technology nevertheless serves a political purpose for the rebel group.
Robin Mills

The Jebel Ali find promises reduced import bills, improved security of supply, and more gas to boost the economy but will require some clever technical and commercial work to make full use of it.
Ali Alfoneh via The Arab Weekly

If current parliamentarians are engaged in economic corruption, as the Guardian Council claims, why does the judiciary not indict those corrupt parliamentarians?
Hussein Ibish via Bloomberg

U.S. officials have invited the Palestinians to come up with a counteroffer; Arab and European governments would welcome one that validates their opposition to the Trump plan and continued commitment to the two-state framework.
AGSIW in Arabic
  تباينت ردود فعل دول الخليج العربية على خطة ترامب، لكنها جميعًا أشادت بالجهود الأمريكية دون تأييد المقترح
Doug Silliman_Outlook 2020 Video
2020 Outlook: What AGSIW Will Be Tracking This Year

AGSIW experts explain what regional trends they’ll be following most closely as the year unfolds.
Fareed Yasseen, Ambassador of Iraq, left, and Ambassador Douglas Silliman
Past Event
Discussion with Fareed Yasseen, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq

On February 5, Fareed Yasseen, ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the United States, examined the recent crises in Iraq, the fallout from the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran’s Quds Force commander Major General Qassim Suleimani, as well as the future of the U.S.-Iraqi relationship. Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman moderated the conversation.
In the Media
  • University of Central Florida: Robert Mogielnicki spoke on the panel "Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia: The New Middle East," examining the intersection of relations between Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. Mogielnicki additionally delivered a lecture on the progress of economic reform in the Gulf Arab states to a Middle East political science class at the University of Central Florida.
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