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March 1, 2021
Iraqi protesters carry a poster that reads in Arabic, "Those are your youths, Iraq, they sacrificed their blood and carried the flag," during protests in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
AP Photo/Nasser Nasser
Upcoming Event
In Crucial Election Year for Iraq, Could the Protest Movement Tip the Scale? 
Wednesday March 3 | 10:00 - 11:00 am EST

On March 3, AGSIW will host a panel discussion with Marsin Alshamary, Lahib Higel, and Sajad Jiyad examining the potential impact of youth protests on elections in Iraq. Geneive Abdo will moderate the discussion.
A Turkish police officer walks past a picture of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi prior to a ceremony marking the one-year anniversary of his death, Oct. 2, 2019, Istanbul, Turkey. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis
The Khashoggi Case in Biden’s Strategy and U.S. Policy Direction
 Kristin Smith Diwan

The Biden administration preserves space for statecraft, yet honors Khashoggi’s memory by punishing activity against Saudi dissidents abroad.
Riyadh and Tehran are Both Put on Notice That Biden has a New Mideast Approach
 Hussein Ibish

Friend and foe have been informed that Biden won’t accept what Obama and Trump might have.
Saudi Arabia Strives for a Sustainable Economic Future
 Robert Mogielnicki

A focus on sustainability-oriented economic policies and commercial initiatives in Saudi Arabia will not necessarily advance fiscal sustainability efforts in the kingdom.
Diplomacy With Iran: Opportunities and Risks for the UAE
 Banafsheh Keynoush |
اقرأ بالعربية

As tensions with Iran are expected to ease under the Biden administration, the UAE’s economic ties and legacy relations position it to potentially play a pivotal role in Gulf outreach to Tehran.
Assessing the Prospects for Saudi-Turkish Ties
 Umer Karim |
اقرأ بالعربية

Turkey appears ready to start a new chapter with Saudi Arabia, and for a comprehensive rapprochement to happen, both countries need to let bygones be bygones.
Will Kuwait and Senegal’s Exceptional Friendship Endure?
 Mara A. Leichtman

The long-standing partnership between Kuwait and Senegal has been beneficial to both parties. With a new emir, fallen oil prices, and a smaller 2021 budget, will Senegal remain a priority for Kuwait?
Iran and the Arab States Need to Start Talking
 Hussein Ibish via Bloomberg

They should start by agreeing to cooperate on maritime security.
AGSIW in Arabic
  بينما يُتوقع أن تخف حدة التوترات مع إيران في ظل إدارة بايدن، فإن علاقات الإمارات العربية المتحدة الاقتصادية والمتوارثة تمكنها من لعب دور محوري في تواصل الخليج مع طهران
  يبدو أن تركيا مستعدة لبدء فصل جديد مع المملكة العربية السعودية، ولتحقيق التقارب الشامل بينهما، يحتاج البلدان لاعتبار ما فات قد مات
  يساهم المؤلفون المحليون في فن رواية القصة المحلية وإحياء الحكايات التقليدية والفلكلورية
Past Event
Escaping a Zero-Sum Struggle Between Iran and Saudi Arabia

On February 26, AGSIW hosted a conversation with Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian and Abdulaziz Al Sager to discuss their January 31 op-ed published by The Guardian. NPR's Deborah Amos moderated the discussion.
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