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May 17, 2021
 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 Events
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.
Climate Action in the UAE: A Conversation with Aisha Al Abdooli, UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment
Tuesday May 25 | 10:00 - 11:00 EDT

On May 25, AGSIW will host Aisha Al Abdooli, acting assistant undersecretary for green development and climate change for the UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, to discuss the UAE’s climate-related initiatives and multilateral collaborative efforts. Ambassador William Roebuck will moderate the discussion.
 An Iraqi demonstrator holds a Shia flag during anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq, January 29, 2020. (REUTERS/Thaier al-SudanI)
REUTERS/Thaier al-SudanI
The Long Game in Iraq: Shia Clerics, Activists Find Common Cause To Confront the State
  Geneive Abdo

A new generation of Iraqis has formed an informal alliance with Iraqi clerics in a move that has the potential for a reimaging of the Iraqi state.
Hamas’ Intervention Lets Gulf Countries Off the Hook, But for How Long?
  Hussein Ibish |
اقرأ بالعربية

An Israeli-Hamas conflict is far more manageable than Al-Aqsa confrontations.
Smart Context-Based Investments in the Persian Gulf’s Economic Security
  Robert Mogielnicki via European University Institute

Robert Mogielnicki contributed a chapter on the political and economic contexts within which governments leverage economic policy tools for Stepping Away From the Abyss: A Gradual Approach Towards a New Security System in the Persian Gulf – an e-book published by the European University Institute.
Maintaining the U.S.-Saudi Relationship
  Hussein Ibish via The Cairo Review of Global Affairs

The once booming strategic alliance between Riyadh and Washington has weathered a number of regional storms but is beginning to show wear and tear.
AGSIW in Arabic
  سيحاول الرئيس بايدن قدر المستطاع عدم التورط في حل نزاع أخفق جميع أسلافه في حله
  إدارة الصراع بين إسرائيل وحركة حماس أسهل بكثير من إدارة مواجهات الأقصى
Press Release
Robert Mogielnicki Accepts New Role as Senior Resident Scholar

AGSIW is pleased to announce that Robert Mogielnicki will now serve as a senior resident scholar. Mogielnicki first joined AGSIW in 2018 as a non-resident fellow and later as a resident scholar. He leads AGSIW’s Next Gen Gulf series examining technology trends in Gulf Arab states.
In the Media
  • In interviews with BBC World News, France 24, Bloomberg, and Al Jazeera English, Hussein Ibish discussed the Biden administration’s approach to the current violence between Israelis and Palestinians as well as the Gulf Arab countries’ responses. His comments additionally appeared in AP, BBC, and Business Insider.
  • AFP: Kristin Smith Diwan commented on the release of bin Laden family patriarch and Bin Laden Group chair Bakr bin Ladin.
  • Conversation Six podcast: Diwan discussed new vulnerabilities of Israel and the Arab countries that have signed onto the Abraham Accords and how al-Qaeda has responded to recent developments.
  • Al Hurra: In an interview, Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman commented on Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s Eid message to Iraqis and his efforts against corruption as well as his inability to rein in Shia militias. Additionally for Al Hurra, Silliman discussed Lockheed Martin’s decision to withdraw its staff working at Balad Air Base in Iraq and the Biden administration’s policy toward Iraq.
  • Business Insider: Ibish commented on the background behind Saudi Arabia’s decision to engage with Iran. He additionally commented on Saudi rapprochement with Iran for Sputnik.
  • Nikkei: Silliman discussed the Biden administration’s approach to the violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip.
  • Tribune de Genève: Diwan commented on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's changing tactics toward relations with Iran.
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