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February 28, 2022
 UAE armed forces perform the joint Emirates Shield/50 military drill west of the Maritime Theatre in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, January 11. (REUTERS/Satish Kumar)
REUTERS/Satish Kumar
Do Houthi Missile Attacks Outline the Limits of De-escalation in the Gulf Region?
Tomorrow – Tuesday March 1 | 10:00 - 11:30 am EST

On March 1, AGSIW will host a discussion with Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, Steven A. Cook, Kim Ghattas, and Randa Slim examining challenges and threats to regional de-escalation and rapprochement. Hussein Ibish will moderate the discussion.
China and the GCC: A Discussion of the "Routledge Handbook on China–Middle East Relations"
Tuesday March 8 | 9:00 - 10:30 am EST

On March 8, AGSIW will host a panel discussion with Jonathan Fulton, Mohammed Al-Sudairi, and Yuting Wang on the Routledge Handbook on China–Middle East Relations. Robert Mogielnicki will moderate the discussion.
Russian Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, center, speaks to one of officers near an MiG-31 fighter of the Russian air force carrying a Kinzhal hypersonic cruise missile parked at the Hmeimim air base in Syria, Feb. 15. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP
Russia’s Syria Intervention Paved the Way for its Attack on Ukraine
  Ambassador William Roebuck

Russia’s operations in Syria emboldened Putin and the Russian military to challenge the U.S.-led, rules-based international system that many countries, including in the Gulf, have benefited from.
What the Ukraine Crisis Means for Gulf Economies
  Li-Chen Sim

While the Gulf Arab states may wish to avoid getting caught in the middle of a “Russia versus the West” conflict, the Ukraine crisis is already affecting the region’s tourism, food, energy, and other economic sectors.
Security, Energy, and Identity Dominate Gulf Positions on Ukraine
  Robert Mason

The Russian invasion of Ukraine crystallizes existing Gulf policies and could form the backdrop to further regional polarization and instability.
The Ukraine Crisis is Vindicating Qatar’s Bold Gas Expansion Strategy
  Justin Alexander

In the long term, Qatar could play a pivotal role in diversifying European gas imports away from Russia.
Libya Backslides as Two Governments Vie for Power, Again
  Anna L. Jacobs

Since the postponing of Libya’s presidential election, political uncertainty and institutional divisions have intensified, making it more difficult to hold elections in the future and increasing concerns of a return to armed conflict.
The UAE’s Three Strategic Interests in Yemen
  Gregory D. Johnsen | 
اقرأ بالعربية

The length of the war and the associated costs have led the UAE to recalibrate its position in Yemen, but influence in southern Yemen remains a key part of its regional strategy.
Cementing the Emerging UAE-Turkey Relationship: The Iran Factor
  Ali Bakeer

The security dimension of the recent agreements between Turkey and the UAE shows an acknowledgment of the emerging shared threat perception stemming from the proliferation of pro-Iranian militias in the region.
Coronavirus on Instagram: Getting the Public Health Message Out
  Mariam Alkazemi

Gulf governments have long been utilizing social media for important health messaging, and these tools have become even more critical since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
Building a New Urban Identity: Revitalizing Kuwait City
  Mariam AlSaad
اقرأ بالعربية

There is a disconnect between Kuwait City’s history and the current spatial reality, but moving forward, the city can reshape itself to better mirror the identity of its people.
The Saudi “Founding Day” and the Death of Wahhabism
  Sultan Alamer

Saudi Arabia’s “Founding Day” signifies a radical break with the Wahhabi political influence that had legitimized the Saudi political projects since 1744.
Russia Bombs Ukraine, and the Whole Middle East Feels the Heat
  Hussein Ibish via Haaretz

Russia's invasion of Ukraine poses conundrums for almost every country in the Middle East.
Creating Spaces for West African Art in the UAE: Exhibitions, Institutions, and Individuals
  Nada Ammagui via Fiker Institute | Global Art Daily

This essay considers the past, and potential future, of the Emirati-West African cultural and intellectual scene.
 A decaying, unmaintained building in Kuwait City (Credit: Mariam AlSaad)
Credit: Mariam AlSaad
  ثمة انفصال بين تاريخ مدينة الكويت وواقعها المكاني الراهن، ولكن مع المضي قدمًا، يمكن للمدينة إعادة تشكيل نفسها لتعكس هوية شعبها على نحو أفضل
  الانفتاح العالمي وتبني الفنون والترفيه يشير إلى توجهات واسعة بينما تخوض المملكة غمار مستقبلها لمرحلة ما بعد النفط
  إن طول أمد الحرب والتكاليف المرتبطة بها قد أدت بالإمارات إلى إعادة تقييم موقفها في اليمن، ولكن نفوذها في جنوب اليمن يبقى جزءًا أساسيًا من استراتيجيتها في المنطقة
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