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March 7, 2022
Children wave flags and flowers to welcome Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, then Kuwait's emir, right, during a welcome ceremony hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, in Beijing, China, July 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
AP Photo/Andy Wong
China and the GCC: A Discussion of the "Routledge Handbook on China–Middle East Relations"
Tomorrow – 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 China-Gulf relationship, based on the Routledge Handbook on China–Middle East Relations. Robert Mogielnicki will moderate the discussion.
Following Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine, Can Gulf Countries Stabilize Energy Markets?
Thursday March 10 | 10:00 - 11:00 am EST

On March 10, AGSIW will host a discussion with Naji Abi-Aad, Adi Imsirovic, and Robin Mills examining the impact of the Ukraine crisis on global oil and gas markets and the direct effects on the Gulf region. Kate Dourian will moderate the discussion.
United Nations members vote on a resolution concerning Ukraine during an emergency meeting of the General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters, New York, Mar. 2. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
AP Photo/Seth Wenig
Why U.S. Pressure was Needed to Get Israel and Gulf States to Condemn Russia
  Hussein Ibish

At the United Nations General Assembly March 2, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates joined most of the rest of the world in voting for a consensus resolution strongly condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Oil and Gas Prices Surge in Highly Volatile Market as Russia is Isolated
  Kate Dourian

Should more countries follow the EU’s lead and step up efforts to seek alternative supplies of oil and gas, Russia could find itself out in the cold, whether it wins or loses the war against Ukraine.
A New Era in German Defense and Foreign Policy: The Source of Broadening Relations in the Gulf?
  Robert Mason

Germany is upgrading its military, moving into a more assertive and central role in European and NATO defense. This, coupled with changes to its energy policy, could facilitate closer cooperation with select Gulf allies.
Uneasy Relations: Geopolitical Challenges for Iran on its Eastern Border
  Umer Karim

Iran’s relationship with its eastern neighbors, Afghanistan and Pakistan, has become particularly important since the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, which has significantly altered the regional geopolitical landscape.
New UAE-India Economic Deal Opens the Door for Minilateral Partnership With Israel
  Narayanappa Janardhan and Gedaliah Afterman

The changing geostrategic landscape provides new opportunities for cooperation between middle powers in the Middle East and Asia.
Saudi Ruler Rewrites History to Shrink Islamic Past
  Hussein Ibish via Bloomberg

A new national narrative guides a top-down social revolution that’s opening cultural and economic doors while slamming political and civic ones.
Prime Minister of Estonia Kaja Kallas, center, speaks during a joint press conference with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, left, and Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, after their talks regarding the invasion in Ukraine, at an airbase in Tallinn, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. (Leon Neal/Pool Photo via AP)
Leon Neal via AP
  لا أحد يعلم بأي يقين كيف ستتلاحق الأحداث في أوكرانيا، ولكن العالم سوف يشعر بترددات الزلزال الذي تسبب به بوتين لسنوات طويلة
  شجعت العمليات الروسية في سوريا بوتين والجيش الروسي على تحدي النظام الدولي بقيادة الولايات المتحدة، والذي استفادت منه العديد من الدول، بما فيها دول الخليج
  في الوقت الذي قد ترغب فيه دول الخليج العربية في تجنب الوقوع في خضم صراع "روسيا ضد الغرب"، إلا أن الأزمة الأوكرانية تؤثر بالفعل على السياحة والغذاء والطاقة والقطاعات الاقتصادية الأخرى في المنطقة
  يعمل الغزو الروسي لأوكرانيا على بلورة السياسات الخارجية القائمة، ويمكن أن يشكل خلفية لمزيد من الاستقطاب الإقليمي وعدم الاستقرار
  في نهاية المطاف، يمكن لقطر أن تلعب دورًا محوريًا في تنويع واردات أوروبا من الغاز بمعزل عن روسيا
  منذ تأجيل الانتخابات الرئاسية الليبية، تفاقمت حالة الغموض السياسي والانقسامات المؤسساتية، الأمر الذي زاد من صعوبة إجراء الانتخابات في المستقبل وزيادة المخاوف من العودة إلى الصراع المسلح
  يُظهر البعد الأمني للاتفاقيات الأخيرة بين تركيا والإمارات اعترافًا بنشوء تصور مشترك للتهديد الناتج عن انتشار الميليشيات الموالية لإيران في المنطقة
  يشير "يوم التأسيس" في السعودية إلى القطيعة الجذرية مع الوهابية ونفوذها السياسي الذي أضفى شرعيةً على المشاريع السياسية السعودية المتعاقبة منذ عام 1744
Past Events
Roundtable with Abdullah Al Awadhi

On March 2, AGSIW hosted a roundtable discussion with Abdullah Al Awadhi, director of foreign relations for the speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly. Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman moderated the discussion.
Do Houthi Missile Attacks Outline the Limits of De-escalation in the Gulf Region?

On March 1, AGSIW hosted 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 moderated the discussion.
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