The Dhow: A Weekly Newsletter from AGSIW 

Upcoming Events
DATE Friday March 24, 2017
TIME 8:00 pm
LOCATION The Kennedy Center

Join AGSIW for a post-performance discussion with Anglo-Kuwaiti director Sulayman Al Bassam, moderated by AGSIW Senior Resident Scholar Kristin Smith Diwan. Click here to purchase tickets. Use discount code 252769 for 20 percent off select orchestra and balcony seats.
DATE Tuesday April 25, 2017
TIME 12:00 – 1:30 pm
SPEAKERS Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Karen E. Young
MODERATOR Hussein Ibish

In The United Arab Emirates: Power, Politics and Policy-Making, Kristian Coates Ulrichsen charts the various processes of state formation and political and economic development that have enabled the UAE to emerge as a significant regional power and major player in the post-Arab Spring reordering of Middle East and North African politics.
The Bridge blog
Succession in Oman: Clues But No Clarity

Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman appointed on March 2 Sayyid Assad bin Tariq al-Said as deputy prime minister for international cooperation. The appointment triggered immediate speculation among Western observers that Assad is being groomed to become Qaboos’ successor. Prior to his appointment, Assad had never served in the Cabinet, formally known as the Council of Ministers. He had, however, previously served as Qaboos' special representative since 2002.
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Millennial Gulf
Madeenah: Exploring Urban Development in Kuwait City

By Mai Alfarhan

Madeenah was established to capture the fast-paced urban development in Kuwait that has flourished since the discovery of oil. It attempts to generate a mindful sense of belonging to Kuwait City and its diverse inhabitants by curating public walking tours. Through its cultural tours, Madeenah cultivates an appreciation for urban development in the city. 
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AGSIW in Arabic

تتفاقم المشاكل والتحديات السياسية والقانونية التي يواجهها الرئيس دونالد ترامب في أول مئة يوم له في الحكم، وهي الفترة التي أراد خلالها أن يتخذ قرارات جذرية تؤدي إلى تغييرات تاريخية في علاقات السلطة الفيدرالية بالمواطن، وعلاقات الولايات المتحدة بدول العالم. وحتى الآن لم يحقق ترامب أي إنجازات تشريعية، والقرارات التنفيذية التي وقعها وسط أجواء إعلامية احتفالية كانت بمعظمها إجرائية ورمزية

In addition to original content, in Arabic is regularly updated with new Arabic translations of AGSIW's analysis. New translations include:
Past Event
Energy Roundtable with Ibrahim Al-Muhanna

As part of its new energy roundtable series, AGSIW hosted a discussion on March 10 with Ibrahim Al-Muhanna, former advisor to the minister of energy, industry, and mineral resources of Saudi Arabia. International oil markets have entered an unprecedented era of change following the extraordinary rise of technology-driven shale oil production in the United States, and the deep decline in global energy prices to which it has contributed. Al-Muhanna addressed OPEC policy, cooperation with other oil producing countries, and the outlook for the international oil market.
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In the Media
In interviews with Al Arabiya, AGSIW President Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba and Senior Resident Scholar Hussein Ibish commented on Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit to Washington, DC to meet with President Donald J. Trump. 

Writing for Bloomberg, authors Nafeesa Syeed and Glenn Carey cited AGSIW Senior Resident Scholar Kristin Smith Diwan's remarks at the Atlantic Council on the Saudi visit. Diwan commented that due to frustrations with former U.S. President Barack Obama, Gulf Cooperation Council states are responding to Trump's "more personalized foreign policy." Speaking with Reuters, AGSIW Board Member F. Gregory Gause, III discussed the Saudi view of the new U.S. administration in comparison to the Obama administration: "I think they’re going to find rhetorically that the new administration says things and uses language they like more." He continued, “But I think on the ground, we’re not going to see an enormous difference.”

Ibish additionally commented on Saudi King Salman's visit to China, as part of his Asia tour, for China Daily: "King Salman's visit to Beijing is in many ways the most complex, and potentially meaningful, far-reaching and important part of the whole trip." 
At the Atlantic Council panel, "Regional Perspectives on US Policy in the Middle East," on March 13, AGSIW Senior Resident Scholar Kristin Smith Diwan discussed the Gulf states' relationship with the Trump administration.

On March 14, AGSIW Senior Resident Scholar Karen E. Young gave a presentation on Saudi Arabia's economy at the workshop “Challenges and Opportunities: Saudi Arabia in a Changing World,” in Paris, France sponsored by the Gulf Futures Center and the Global Future College.
Visiting Scholar

Position Title: Visiting Scholar
Department/Team: Senior Resident Scholars
Period: Fall 2017
Location: Washington, DC

Job Summary: Visiting Scholars are individuals who possess a PhD or equivalent professional experience, and whose primary purpose for residence at AGSIW is to conduct independent research. The length of stay for a Visiting Scholar is typically a semester or academic year. AGSIW is actively seeking candidates with significant regional experience and fluency in written and spoken Arabic. AGSIW will provide a stipend that can be used to cover living expenses, travel costs, or incidental research expenses.

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