The Dhow: A Weekly Newsletter from AGSIW 

Upcoming Events
DATE Monday March 6, 2017
TIME 12:00 - 1:30 pm
SPEAKERS Mark N. Katz, Marie Mendras, Bessma Momani
MODERATOR Hussein Ibish
DATE March 24 - 26, 2017
LOCATION The Kennedy Center

AGSIW is happy to support the world premiere of "Petrol Station" by Anglo-Kuwaiti director Sulayman Al Bassam at the Kennedy Center. Use discount code 252769 for 20 percent off select orchestra and balcony seats.
AGSIW in Arabic

قوبل قرار الرئيس دونالد ترامب المفاجيء تعيين الجنرال أتش آر ماكماستر مستشارا لشؤون الأمن القومي الأمريكي بترحيب واسع في الأوساط المعنية في الحزبين الجمهوري والديمقراطي. لتبرز مرة اخرى إحدى المفارقات التي ميزت قرارات ترامب في هذا المجال، حيث اختار ثلاثة جنرالات هم ماكماستر ووزيري الدفاع والأمن الوطني جيمس ماتيس وجون كيلي، فضلا عن مدني واحد هو وزير الخارجية ريكس تيلرسون لشغل أهم المناصب في إدارته
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There is a paradox in women’s achievement across the Gulf states. By most international standards, female citizens of the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have good access to education systems, affordable and proficient health care and social services. Women are graduating from university in higher numbers than men, maternal health risks are low and childcare and family support services are plentiful. However, women in the Gulf remain marginalized and, in some sectors, nearly invisible from the workforce. In particular, women are most absent from economic life in the private sector.
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Russia, Iran, and Turkey have taken the lead in attempting to bring about conflict resolution in Syria through the Astana talks that began in late 2016.  That these three governments are working together is quite remarkable considering how up until recently, Turkey was actively supporting anti-government forces in Syria while Russia and Iran have been supporting the Assad regime. 
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Past Events
Is Yemen the First Battleground in the Trump Administration’s Confrontation with Iran?

President Donald J. Trump’s administration and U.S. partners in the region – in particular, Saudi Arabia – see Yemen as an important arena in which to confront Iran’s destabilizing behavior, and to neutralize the threat it is seen as posing to Gulf Arab states. But this confrontational approach carries the risk of triggering Iranian retaliation, or even an armed conflict involving Iran, the United States, and the United States’ regional partners. On February 23, AGSIW hosted a discussion of these issues and other challenges facing the Trump administration and U.S. partners in the Gulf as they push back against growing Iranian influence in the region.
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Gulf Geopolitics Forum

On November 15-16, 2016, Chatham House hosted the Gulf Geopolitics Forum, the first of two events to be convened jointly by the Middle East and North Africa Programme and the US and the Americas Programme at Chatham House and AGSIW. The meeting brought together international experts in government and academia, along with policymakers, to assess the often troubled relationship between Iran and its Gulf Arab neighbours, while parsing U.S. policy toward the Gulf. The second meeting was hosted by AGSIW on February 24 and the final report will be released in the coming weeks.
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In the Media
AGSIW Senior Resident Scholar Hussein Ibish appeared on Al Jazeera's NewsHour to discuss a bomb attack in Homs, Syria, noting that the attack was reminiscent of a July 2012 attack on regime security headquarters in Damascus. He also discussed strategic setbacks in Syria for rebels, including the fall of Aleppo and the continued rise of al-Qaeda affiliates. Ibish additionally commented on U.S. foreign policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for ABC Radio National.

AGSIW Research Associate Yerevan Saeed commented on the conflict between former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government, for The New Arab: "The conflict between Erbil and Baghdad has been, and will be, about struggle of power regardless of who comes to office in Baghdad." 
Visiting Scholar

Position Title: Visiting Scholar
Department/Team: Senior Resident Scholars
Period: Fall 2017
Location: Washington, DC

Job Summary: Visiting Scholars are individuals who possess a PhD or equivalent professional experience, and whose primary purpose for residence at AGSIW is to conduct independent research. 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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Summer 2017 Internship

Position Title: Program and Digital Media Intern
Department/Team: Programs and Publications
Period: May through August 2017
Location: Washington, DC

Job Summary: The Internship Program at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW) provides talented students and recent graduates with a three-month (or longer) unpaid training opportunity designed to encourage professional and personal development. As a newly established organization, we encourage out-of-the-box thinking and value fresh perspectives. AGSIW will provide interns with a transportation stipend for the duration of the internship.

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