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April 26, 2021
 Houthi supporters attend a rally marking six years for a Saudi-led coalition in Sanaa, Yemen, March 26. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
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Upcoming Events
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.
The Future of Renewable and Low Carbon Energy in the Middle East and North Africa
Wednesday May 19 | 10:00 - 11:30 EDT

On May 19, AGSIW will host a discussion with Robin Mills, Li-Chen Sim, and Faris Al-Sulayman on the transition to alternative energy sources in the Middle East and North Africa. Kate Dourian will moderate the discussion.
Nouran Mutabaghani, a Saudi volunteer, distributes boxes of Iftar meals provided by a charity organisation during the holy month of Ramadan, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 19, 2021. Picture taken April 19, 2021. REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri
REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri
Saudi Ramadan Series Links Economic Development and Civic Duty
  Eman Alhussein

This year’s Ramadan initiatives, focused on a sense of community and contributions to development, demonstrate how the Saudi government increasingly relies on citizens to play a role in the ongoing transformation.
The Great Fall: Putting Together Peace Talks for a Broken Yemen
  Gregory D. Johnsen |
اقرأ بالعربية

With Yemen’s increasingly fractured political landscape, the longer the war continues, the harder it will be to resolve.
The UAE’s Message of Hope, Delivered With a Soft-Power Focus and Some Strategic Hedging
  Emma Soubrier |
اقرأ بالعربية

The UAE’s Hope Consortium and Hope Probe illustrate a growing shift from a focus on hard power to a broader consideration of human security and the incorporation of new technologies.
Qatar Petroleum Comes of Age as it Assumes Sole LNG Ownership
  Kate Dourian

After more than 25 years of working alongside international oil company giants, Qatar Petroleum has the technical capability and expertise to manage its own gas business. But it is unlikely to end all its partnerships.
Filling the Religious Void: Yoga and Self-Awareness in Saudi Arabia
  Eman Alhussein

The marginalization of religious figures in Saudi Arabia has prompted a rise of trends focusing on spirituality and meditation to promote self-awareness.
There's No Easy Way Back to the Iran Nuclear Deal
  Hussein Ibish via Bloomberg

Technical and political complications stand in the way of Biden and Rouhani.
AGSIW in Arabic
  في ظل تزايد المشهد السياسي تمزقًا في اليمن، كلما طالت الحرب، ازداد الحل صعوبة
  توضح كلاً من مبادرتي ائتلاف الأمل ومسبار الأمل في دولة الإمارات تحولاً متزايدًا من التركيز على القوة الصلبة إلى إعطاء اعتبارات أكبر للأمن الإنساني ودمج التقنيات الجديدة
  يتعين على فريق بايدن أن يقيّم ما إذا كان لديه النفوذ والدعم الإقليمي الكافيان إن كان يريد للوضع الراهن في سوريا أن يستمر
Book Release
A Political Economy of Free Zones in Gulf Arab States
  Robert Mogielnicki

In his new book from Palgrave Macmillan, Robert Mogielnicki examines the development processes behind free zones in Gulf Arab states and assesses the impact of these commercial entities on regional integration, global trade and investment trends, and Gulf foreign relations.
In the Media
  • World Affairs Council: Kristin Smith Diwan presented a lecture on “The Limits of Recalibrating the U.S.-Saudi Relationship.”
  • Georgetown University Center for Security Studies: Hussein Ibish delivered a lecture on Gulf Arab-Iranian relations.
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