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May 3, 2021
People walk past a banner showing Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, left, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, outside a mall in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
AP Photo/Amr Nabil
Saudi Arabia’s Economic Strategy: From Kitchen Sink to Virtuous Cycle?
  Robert Mogielnicki |
اقرأ بالعربية

The pace and scope of economic development initiatives and policies announced during the first five years of Saudi Vision 2030 have been dizzying, but any eventual progress is likely to be either broad and incremental or narrow and deep.
Yemeni Soldiers and the Battle for Pay
  Eleonora Ardemagni

Lacking and intermittent payments to soldiers risk incentivizing local small wars that could persist regardless of whether a national conflict resolution deal is achieved.
Gulf States Promote Fitness and Well-Being This Ramadan
  Joud Al Marar for Millennial Gulf |
اقرأ بالعربية

During the holy month of Ramadan, Gulf initiatives encourage a balance between traditions of preparing delicious meals and staying fit.
Raqqa’s Inferno – A Diplomat Reads Dante in Syria
  Ambassador William Roebuck via Foreign Service Journal

In June 2020, I wrapped up two and a half years of service as the senior U.S. diplomat on the ground in northeastern Syria. It was a terribly frustrating but also enriching experience.
AGSIW in Arabic
  على بايدن أن يطور آليات فعالة أكثر لمواجهة أخطار الصين وروسيا، ولإقناع الحلفاء بأن ولاية ترامب هي الاستثناء للقاعدة
  كانت وتيرة ونطاق مبادرات التنمية الاقتصادية وسياساتها التي تم الإعلان عنها خلال السنوات الخمس الأولى من رؤية السعودية 2030 مدهشة، لكن أي تقدم في نهاية المطاف من المرجح أن يكون إما واسعًا وتراكميًا أو ضيقًا وعميقًا
  تُظهر المبادرات الرمضانية هذا العام، والتي تركز على الإحساس بالانتماء المجتمعي والمساهمة في التنمية، كيفية اعتماد الحكومة السعودية المتزايد على المواطنين للقيام بدورهم في التحول المتواصل
  تعمل المبادرات الخليجية في شهر رمضان المبارك على تشجيع خلق توازن بين تقاليد إعداد الوجبات الشهية والمحافظة على اللياقة البدنية
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman speaks during a televised interview in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 27, 2021. Picture taken April 27, 2021. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS
Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS
On April 27, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sat down for a televised interview five years after the announcement of Vision 2030.
 Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, about 50 kilometers south of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Strategy and Government Communications of Dubai via AP)
Strategy and Government Communications of Dubai via AP
Upcoming Event
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.
Past Event
With Renewed Efforts To End the War, What are the Prospects for Peace in Yemen?

On April 28, AGSIW hosted a discussion with Fatima Abo Alasrar, Ibrahim Jalal, and Rasha Jarhum on efforts to end the conflict in Yemen. Gregory D. Johnsen moderated the discussion.
In the Media
  • Middle East Policy Council: Aisha Al-Sarihi spoke on the panel "The Impact of Climate Change on the Middle East" at the Middle East Policy Council's Capitol Hill conference.
  • Center for the Study of the Middle East at Indiana University: Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman delivered the keynote lecture, "Dilemmas for the Biden Administration in the Gulf," at the inaugural Gulf Security Forum.
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