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March 16, 2020
 French President Emmanuel Macron talks to French military personnel at the French naval base in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Upcoming Event
Gulf Security in a Multipolar World: New Defense Ties Reflect Competition for Influence
Wednesday March 25 | 12:30 – 2:00 pm EST
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UPDATE: AGSIW is now hosting this event completely virtually. Please join the conversation on March 25 and take part in the Q&A with the panelists via Zoom.

On March 25, AGSIW will host an online panel discussion examining Gulf defense and security partnerships with regional and global powers.
OPEC Secretary-General Mohammed Barkindo, left, Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, center, and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, attend a news conference after an OPEC meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
AP Photo/Jon Gambrell
Russian-Saudi Breakup May Not End in Divorce
Li-Chen Sim |
اقرأ بالعربية

Russia may be able to withstand more pain from the collapse in oil prices than other producers, but cooperation in global energy markets is only one pillar of Russian-Gulf ties.
Riyadh Gathers OPEC Partners for Oil Price War with Russia
Robin Mills 

The collapse of oil prices reminds Gulf Arab states of the urgent need for economic reforms, but they lack the revenue needed to fund them.
Free to Game: E-sports in the Gulf
Robert Mogielnicki 

Discussions over establishing an e-sports free zone in Dubai reflect the high-growth potential of competitive online gaming across the broader Gulf region.
Will Yemen Be a Gas Exporter Again?
Colby Connelly

Yemen LNG, the country’s largest industrial project, has been inactive for nearly five years. Both political and gas market volatility threaten to keep it that way.
Lenders Have a Chance to Make Lebanon Reform
Hussein Ibish via Bloomberg

The debt crisis is an opportunity to force the political elite to give up some of its privileges.
Epidemic (Mis-)management Reflects Iran's Parallel Structure of Power
Ali Alfoneh via The Arab Weekly

Who is in charge of Iran’s fight against the coronavirus outbreak?
AGSIW in Arabic
  تزعزعت العلاقات الروسية-الخليجية جراء فشل اجتماع أوبك بلس. وهدد الجانبان بإغراق السوق بمزيد من النفط، لمعرفة من الذي سيتأثر أولًا من أضرار انخفاض أسعار النفط
  إن أبرز ما كشفه الوباء هو تخبط إدارة ترامب للأزمة، حيث تعامل مع فيروس كورونا وكأنه لا يمثل خطراً صحياً واقتصادياً، وقلل من أهمية هذا التحدي، الذي أوحى انه خدعة اخرى يقف ورائها الحزب الديموقراطي
(From left) Mark Thompson, Kristin Diwan, and Sultan Althari
Past Events
Young and Male: Identity and Politics in Saudi Arabia

On March 11, Mark Thompson, professor and author of Being Young, Male and Saudi: Identity and Politics in a Globalized Kingdom, joined Sultan Althari and Kristin Smith Diwan for a discussion of his work on the generational shift in attitudes of Saudi men.
The Collapse of OPEC+ and the Oil Price Crash

On March 10, AGSIW hosted a briefing with Kate Dourian, Robin Mills, and Robert Mogielnicki analyzing recent tensions within the alliance of OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers, OPEC+, and the ensuing oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia. Raymond Karam moderated the discussion.
In the Media
  • The Wall Street Journal: Kristin Smith Diwan commented on the detainment of Saudi royals amid collapsed oil production negotiations between Saudi Arabia and Russia.
  • Bloomberg: Robert Mogielnicki commented on the implications of Abu Dhabi-based hospital chain NMC Health Plc’s accounting scandal on future transactions and investments in the United Arab Emirates.
  • VOA: Hussein Ibish discussed the cease-fire deal between Russia and Turkey in Syria’s Idlib province.
  • TVO: In an interview, Ibish considered the future of U.S. foreign policy and engagement.
  • Politique étrangère: In this article, Emma Soubrier analyzes UAE foreign policy and diplomacy. 
  • U.S. Air Force Seminar: Ambassador Stephen A. Seche discussed the potential for an end to the war in Yemen at a seminar for U.S. Air Force officers.
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