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April 12, 2021
 A man walks past a banner showing Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, left, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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All the Kings’ Sons
  Kristin Smith Diwan |
اقرأ بالعربية

Recent leadership transitions in the Gulf monarchies are crystallizing a trend toward direct lineage and away from fraternal succession, consolidating decision making and centralizing state power.
Oman’s VAT Implementation Is Necessary and Not Enough
 Robert Mogielnicki

If Omanis aren’t ready to shoulder a 5% VAT, then they have a long, bumpy economic road ahead of them.
Iraq Puts Faith in Total To Deliver More Gas, Water, and Solar Projects
 Kate Dourian

A $7 billion deal with French oil major Total could provide a lifeline for Iraq’s fragile economy.
Latifa Al Khalifa: A Local Curator Showcases Gulf Societies
 Joud Al Marar for Millennial Gulf

From collecting wedding photos and exploring the evolution of khaleeji music to using humor to write about how people behave during the holy month of Ramadan, a Bahraini curator brings to light intriguing stories about Gulf societies.
For Jordan’s Allies, Royal Ructions Are a Rude Awakening
 Hussein Ibish via Bloomberg

Palace intrigues against King Abdullah are a reminder of the kingdom’s importance and its precariousness.
AGSIW in Arabic
  شكّل قرار الملك سلمان بن عبد العزيز بتعيين نجله، محمد بن سلمان، وريثاً له في الحكم، ووضعه في مكانة فوق كبار المنافسين البارزين، نقطة تحول حاسمة في تاريخ المملكة العربية السعودية
U.S.-Saudi Relations: How To Work With, and Rein In, Mohammed bin Salman

Kristin Smith Diwan sat down with F. Gregory Gause III to discuss his March 30 piece for Foreign Affairs, “The United States Is the Last Check on MBS’s Power.”
 Houthi supporters attend a rally marking six years for a Saudi-led coalition in Sanaa, Yemen, March 26. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
AP Photo/Hani Mohammed
Upcoming Event
With Renewed Efforts To End the War, What are the Prospects for Peace in Yemen?
Wednesday April 28 | 10:00 - 11:30 EDT

On April 28, AGSIW will host a discussion with Fatima Abo Alasrar, Ibrahim Jalal, and Rasha Jarhum on efforts to end the conflict in Yemen. Gregory D. Johnsen will moderate the discussion.
Past Events
Developments in Qatar and Kuwait

On April 6, AGSIW hosted a dial-in briefing on recent developments in Qatar and Kuwait.
Briefing on the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue

On April 7, AGSIW hosted a media briefing with Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman on the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue.
Roundtable With Ambassador Leslie M. Tsou, U.S. Ambassador to Oman

As part of AGSIW’s Ambassadors Series, Ambassador Leslie M. Tsou, U.S. ambassador to Oman, provided her on-the-ground perspective on internal Omani dynamics, U.S.-Oman relations, and the role the sultanate plays on the regional level. Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman moderated the discussion.
In the Media
  • Bloomberg: In an interview, Geneive Abdo discussed the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue. She additionally discussed the dialogue with Sky News Arabia and Al Hurra.
  • The National: Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman commented on the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue and implications for security in Iraq. He additionally discussed the setup for the dialogue, as well as reactions to the talks, in interviews with Al Hurra.
  • PBS: In an interview, Silliman discussed the Abraham Accords and normalization of relations between Israel and Gulf Arab states.
  • Global Finance: Robert Mogielnicki commented on how regional economic integration is likely to play out among Gulf states.
  • Central Banking: Mogielnicki commented on the economic priorities for Emirati officials amid an economic downturn.
  • Conversation Six: In a podcast, Kristin Smith Diwan discussed the stability of Arab monarchies in light of tensions within Jordan's ruling family.
  • Independent Arabia: Mogielnicki commented on the valued-added tax implementation in Oman. Additionally, Zawya cited Mogielnicki's piece, "Oman's VAT Implementation Is Necessary and Not Enough."
  • PRI: In an interview, Hussein Ibish discussed what the resumption of U.S. aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East means for U.S. relations with the Palestinians.
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