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March 14, 2022
Explosions are seen during shelling in a residential district in Mariupol, Ukraine, March 10. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has disrupted global energy markets and other aspects of Middle Eastern economies. AGSIW is closely following the implications of the Ukraine crisis on the Gulf Arab states and how Gulf governments are responding.
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Consumers Hit Back at Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine as Oil Exports Diminish
  Martin Young

The IEA’s release of over 60 million barrels of emergency oil stocks was the largest in IEA history. But there is increasing recognition of the need to coordinate such short-term measures with longer-term solutions.
The Complications of Easing Iran Sanctions
  Kenneth Katzman

Reopening the U.S. financial system to Iran might be one incentive to offer Tehran in possible follow-on talks, subsequent to a restoration of the JCPOA. Yet, even if offered, this sanctions relief might be difficult to put into practice.
Qatar and Iran Expand Ties Amid Broader Gulf De-escalation
  Anna L. Jacobs

Recent diplomatic outreach shows varying degrees of momentum toward improving relations between Gulf Arab states and Iran. But is the momentum of this Gulf rapprochement dependent on the success of the Vienna nuclear talks?
“Civil Nomadism”: Itinerant Social Engagement as a Precursor to Civil Society
  Mira Al Hussein

A fixed definition of civil society can cloud a deeper understanding of how civil society can function in different contexts, like that of the UAE.
Optimism for Oman: Economic Recovery With Caveats
  Clemens Chay

There is renewed buoyancy for the Omani economy as rallied oil prices are expected to ease the execution of plans, big and small. Yet, public trust in government plans still falls short.
  سعت إسرائيل والسعودية والإمارات إلى حماية العلاقات مع موسكو والتنويع الاستراتيجي، لكنهم قلّلوا من تقدير تكلفة هذا الأمر
  في حال قيام المزيد من الدول باتباع جهود الاتحاد الأوروبي ومضاعفة جهود البحث عن إمدادات بديلة من النفط والغاز، فقد تجد روسيا نفسها معزولة، سواء فازت أم خسرت الحرب ضد أوكرانيا
  منذ فترة طويلة والحكومات الخليجية تستخدم وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي لإرسال الرسائل الصحية المهمة، وقد ازدادت أهمية هذه الأدوات منذ ظهور جائحة فيروس كورونا
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Upcoming Event
Climate Commitments: Less Reason for the Arab Region to Cop Out?
Tuesday March 29 | 8:00 - 9:30 am EDT

On March 29, AGSIW and the National University of Singapore’s Middle East Institute will host a panel discussion with Karim Elgendy and Aisha Al-Sarihi examining the Arab region's positions on climate change. Clemens Chay will moderate the discussion.
Past Events
China and the GCC: A Discussion of the "Routledge Handbook on China–Middle East Relations"

On March 8, AGSIW hosted 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 moderated the discussion, which was part of "Looking East: The China-Gulf Initiative."
Following Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine, Can Gulf Countries Stabilize Energy Markets?

On March 10, AGSIW hosted 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 moderated the discussion.
Ambassador William Roebuck met with Bahrain's Crown Prince and Prime Minister Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa in Manama.
Credit: Court of the Crown Prince of Bahrain
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