The Dhow: A Weekly Newsletter from AGSIW 

Best wishes this Ramadan from all of us at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.

The board of directors of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington announces the appointment of Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman as the institute’s new president. Speaking on behalf of the board of directors, AGSIW Board Chair Ambassador Frank G. Wisner said, “Doug is a gifted foreign-policy professional, and we are extremely pleased to have him assume direction of AGSIW at a very important moment, both for the region and for the organization itself."
Upcoming Event
DATE: Thursday May 9
TIME: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
SPEAKER: Steven A. Cook, Gönül Tol
MODERATOR: Hussein Ibish
The Bridge blog

By Kate Dourian

The end to oil-import waivers comes just as OPEC and its allies were starting to enjoy the fruits of their oil production cut agreement, and the fallout from the policy to drive Iranian exports down to zero is already being felt in the volatile oil market.

Oman is situating itself for a strengthened position in the Gulf while maintaining its regional independence.

By Samuel Ramani

Russia’s policy of strategic nonalignment in Yemen can be explained by Moscow’s interests in the Gulf of Aden, soft power promotion aspirations in the Middle East, and desire to balance the conflicting interests of its regional partners.

By Kate Dourian

Kuwait is struggling to increase oil production capacity. To put the country on a path toward a more sustainable energy future, Kuwait needs stability between its two branches of government and continuity in the energy sector.
AGSIW in Arabic
تركيا ترغب بعلاقات استراتيجية مع موسكو، والتزود بصواريخ روسية متطورة، مع إدامة علاقاتها الاستراتيجية مع أمريكا، والتسلح بطائرات أمريكية متطورة، كونها عضوا في حلف الناتو، وهي مستمرة في محاصرة حلفاء واشنطن الأكراد في سوريا

Focus on breakaway factions and groups engaged in violence will prove the most pragmatic and effective measure.
Past Event

AGSIW hosted a conversation with Abdullah K. Alshayji, Ambassador Deborah K. Jones, and Ambassador Susan L. Ziadeh examining Kuwait's domestic political landscape and regional relations. Senior Resident Scholar Kristin Smith Diwan moderated the discussion.
Watch video
Watch our conversation with Nayef Al-Hajraf, minister of finance of Kuwait, on the challenges and opportunities in an  era of economic reform, with a focus on Kuwait Vision 2035.
In the Media
For Reuters, Senior Resident Scholar Kristin Smith Diwan commented on how Kuwaiti parliamentarians might react to the “Silk City” megaproject.

For The New York Times, Senior Resident Scholar Hussein Ibish discussed the regional implications of the Trump administration’s proposal to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization.

Ali Alfoneh speaking with Al JazeeraSenior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discussed internal dynamics between Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for The Christian Science Monitor. Additionally, Alfoneh spoke with Al Jazeera regarding the impact of U.S. sanctions against Iran.
Ambassador Marcelle WahbaAmbassador Marcelle M. Wahba, AGSIW president, participated in roundtable discussions on Arab-Israeli relations and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process at the United States Institute of Peace.

Senior Resident Scholar Hussein Ibish gave a keynote address at a conference on Canada-Middle East relations at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He discussed the dominant narratives on the balance of power in the Middle East in the 21st century, including the rise of Turkey in recent years.
HR & Office Administrator

Period: Full Time
Location: Washington, DC

Job Summary: The HR & Office Administrator serves in a dual role involving the full spectrum of both human resource management and office management responsibilities in support of the institute’s overall mission and objectives.
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Research Associate (Politics, Society, and Culture)

Period: Part Time (20-25 hours/week, no benefits)
Location: Washington, DC

Job Summary: Provide research assistance and support to resident scholars at AGSIW. At the direction of the scholars, conduct research on Gulf politics, society, and culture with an emphasis on youth initiatives.
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