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May 18, 2020
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Upcoming Events
Citizens, Expatriates, and the Future of Gulf Labor Markets
Wednesday May 20 | 9:30 - 10:30 am EDT

On May 20, AGSIW will host a virtual panel discussion examining the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the long-standing issues confronting Gulf labor markets.
The IRGC Quds Force After Suleimani
Tuesday May 26 | 9:30 - 10:30 am EDT

On May 26, AGSIW will host a virtual panel discussion examining new IRGC leadership and how the killing of Suleimani is likely to change Iran’s grand strategy and Quds Force operations in Iraq and beyond.
Max Weber in Arabia: Saudi’s Character Enrichment Program
Kristin Smith Diwan | اقرأ بالعربية  

As the Saudi government manages the fallout from collapsing oil revenue, it will be seeking greater contributions from the Saudi public. A little-known program to instill the productive values of entrepreneurship, hard work, and optimism may have found its moment.    
Iran’s Missile Program Delivers Both Triumph and Tragedy
  Ali Alfoneh 

The Iranian friendly fire incident that killed 19 Iranian sailors on May 10 points to the inconsistencies of the regime’s leadership and makes one of its sources of pride into a liability.
As the Gulf’s Digital Economy Accelerates, Speed Bumps Await
Robert Mogielnicki | اقرأ بالعربية  

Smart spending on the enhancement of Gulf governments’ digital capabilities and the development of technology-focused industries is needed to bolster future growth.    
Iraq’s Electricity Challenges Mount as Oil Revenue Slows to a Trickle
Kate Dourian 

It will take time for the new Iraqi government to formulate its energy policies amid an unprecedented health and economic crisis. But the electricity sector is among the most in need of new investment and rehabilitation.    
Young Emirati Women Take the Stage in an Experimental Theater Production
Amélie Mouton via Millennial Gulf

“Al Raheel,” a play written by a young Emirati woman, made its world premiere in January in Abu Dhabi. With its all-female Emirati cast, this poetic and innovative production shakes many assumptions about theater and what it means to be a young woman in today’s United Arab Emirates.  
The World Won’t Endorse Israel’s Annexation Plan
Hussein Ibish via Bloomberg

Approval from the Trump administration won’t spare Israel from international opprobrium for its West Bank land-grab.  
AGSIW in Arabic
  في الوقت الذي تعمل فيه الحكومة السعودية على إدارة تداعيات انهيار العائدات النفطية، سوف تسعى للحصول على مساهمات أكبر من الجمهور السعودي. ربما وجد برنامج، غير معروف جيداً، لغرس القيم الإنتاجية لريادة الأعمال والعمل الجاد والتفاؤل فرصته
  إن الإنفاق الذكي على الارتقاء بالقدرات الرقمية لحكومات الخليج، وتطوير الصناعات القائمة على التكنولوجيا أمر ضروري لدعم النمو المستقبلي
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