The Dhow: A Weekly Newsletter from AGSIW 

Upcoming Event
DATE: Tuesday March 5
TIME: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
SPEAKERS: Samer Mosis, Jean-François Seznec, Rachel Ziemba
MODERATOR: Robert Mogielnicki
Market Watch
A series of political disputes is testing bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Morocco, but growing economic engagement between the two monarchies offers an incentive for both sides to prevent simmering tensions from boiling over into commercial spheres.
The Bridge blog
The Gulf is extremely vulnerable to climate change and the clock is ticking to keep the lights and air conditioners on without causing harm to their already fragile environment.
Mohammad Javad Zarif’s resignation surprised most observers because he had survived several attempts to remove him through parliamentary no-confidence votes.
In the Media
Senior Resident Scholar Kristin Smith DiwanIn an interview with CNN, Senior Resident Scholar Kristin Smith Diwan discussed the visit of Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, to Saudi Arabia and his relationship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Speaking with The Daily Beast, Senior Resident Scholar Hussein Ibish commented on the potential for a deal between the Trump administration and the Saudi government on U.S. nuclear technology.

For VOA, Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discussed the possibility of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps forming an all-Syrian militia.
Robert MogielnickiResident Scholar Robert Mogielnicki presented a paper on free zone development in Dubai at the Duke-UNC Graduate Middle East and Islamic Studies Conference workshop on “Muslims, Motherlands, and Minoritization.”
Research Associate (Political Economy)

Period: Part Time (20-25 hours/week, no benefits)
Location: Washington, DC

Job Summary: Provide research assistance and support to senior resident scholars at AGSIW. At the direction of the scholars, conduct research on Gulf political economy, foreign policy, business politics, finance, macroeconomics, and U.S. policy toward the region. Monitor contemporary developments in the Gulf states and U.S. policy, including reviews of regional and international media. Source data, compile bibliographies, conduct literature reviews, and write briefs on relevant topics. Create charts and graphics for AGSIW publications. Provide communications and logistical support to senior resident scholars, and perform additional tasks as requested.
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HR & Office Administrator

Period: Full Time
Location: Washington, DC

Job Summary: The HR & Office Administrator serves in a dual role involving the full spectrum of both human resource management and office management responsibilities in support of the institute’s overall mission and objectives. The position is responsible for performing HR-related duties in the functional areas of benefit administration, employee relations, recruitment, onboarding, policy implementation, and employment-law compliance. The position is also responsible for administrative duties, IT management, vendor management, and facilities management.
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