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April 27, 2020
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Upcoming Event
The Arts and Culture Sectors in the Gulf: Reimagining the Future in the Midst of a Pandemic
Wednesday April 29 | 9:30 – 10:30 am EDT

On April 29, AGSIW will host a virtual panel discussion with Alia Alghanim, Antonia Carver, Vilma Jurkute, Manuel Rabaté, and Hanan Sayed Worrell as moderator discussing how the arts and culture sectors in the Gulf are adapting to a new reality.
(AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Iraq: Balancing Party Demands is a Recipe for Paralysis in New Government
  Ali Alfoneh | اقرأ بالعربية

Efforts by the prime minister-designate to win parliamentary support cannot come at the expense of articulating coherent policy.
Coronavirus, Naval Forces, and Maritime Security in the Strait of Hormuz
  Jean-Loup Samaan

Western naval operations already are disrupted by the pandemic, which Iran may view as an opportunity to increase its activities in the Persian Gulf.
Amidst a Pandemic, a Global Oil Alliance Emerges
  Kate Dourian | اقرأ بالعربية

The dramatic crash in oil prices has led the global energy community to coordinate production cuts to stabilize market conditions.
Migrant Workers at the Epicenter of Public Health Crisis in the Gulf
 Eman Alhussein | اقرأ بالعربية

The coronavirus, along with the economic crisis due to falling oil prices, is having a direct impact on businesses in the Gulf, including migrant labor, the bulk of the work force.
Creating Saudi Arabia’s “Visual Majlis”: Ali al-Kalthami on Telfaz 11 and the Future of Saudi Film
 Mohammad Al Yousef for Millennial Gulf

Saudi filmmakers came late to the craft, limited by the lack of opportunities for training and imposed by Saudi Arabia’s conservative sociopolitical order. Today, filmmakers are viewed as avatars of the top-down transformation of Saudi society.
Coronavirus in the Gulf Imperils National Ambitions and Tests National Unity
Kristin Smith Diwan via Project on Middle East Political Science

The new emphasis on nationalism that has helped to mobilize support for fighting the pandemic will be tested as states face the economic challenges ahead.
The Weaponized Gulf Riyal Politik(s) and Shifting Dynamics of the Global Arms Trade
Emma Soubrier via The Economics of Peace and Security Journal

The politics and economics of arms trade in the Gulf is examined from the perspective of the importers, rather than the usual focus on the exporters. 
Launch of Iran’s Military Satellite Raises Questions About IRGC Space Programme
Ali Alfoneh via The Arab Weekly

Grappling with the coronavirus, historically low oil prices and economic sanctions imposed by the United States, the April 22 missile launch was designed to demonstrate Iran’s military resilience.  
AGSIW in Arabic
  يرسم الخبراء المختصون في شؤون الصحة العامة والاقتصاد، وغيرهم من المحللين السياسيين، صورة قاتمة للمستقبل المنظور للمنطقة
  أدى الانهيار الدراماتيكي في أسعار النفط إلى ظهور تحالف عالمي في مجال الطاقة من أجل تنسيق عملية خفض الإنتاج من أجل إعادة الاستقرار في سوق النفط
  إن جهود رئيس الوزراء المكلف للفوز بدعم البرلمان العراقي لا يمكن أن يأتي على حساب صياغة سياسة متماسكة
  إلى جانب الأزمة الاقتصادية الناتجة عن انخفاض أسعار النفط، يؤثر فيروس كورونا بشكل مباشر على الأعمال التجارية في الخليج، بما في ذلك العمالة الوافدة، التي تشكل الجزء الأكبر من القوى العاملة
Saudi Energy Ministry via AP
Past Event
After Agreement to Cut Production, What’s Next for Oil- and Gas-Producing Countries?

On April 21, AGSIW hosted a virtual panel discussion analyzing the historic deal that ended the oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia.
In the Media
  • L'Orient Le Jour: Kristin Smith Diwan discussed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the multiple crises of 2020.
  • Bloomberg: Diwan analyzed Saudi Arabia’s NEOM megaproject and its troubles after the killing of a local resident by security forces.
  • Chronicle Live: Robert Mogielnicki commented on the potential takeover of English Premier League soccer team Newcastle United by a consortium including Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
  • Syria Direct: Ali Alfoneh commented on the Iranian foreign minister’s recent trip to Damascus, Syria.
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