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 Passengers line up to check in for their flight at King Khalid Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 11. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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Upcoming Events
Reaching for the Golden Ticket: Long-Term Residency and Citizenship Schemes in the Gulf
Wednesday June 2 | 10:00 - 11:00 EDT

Tomorrow, AGSIW will host a discussion with Eman Alhussein, Noora Lori, and Omar Al-Ubaydli on the economic future of expatriates and citizens in the Gulf. Robert Mogielnicki will moderate the discussion.
Sectarian Identities and the Rise of Nationalism in the Middle East
Wednesday June 9 | 10:00 - 11:30 EDT

On June 9, AGSIW and SEPAD will host a discussion with Geneive Abdo, Simon Mabon, and Maha Yahya examining sectarianism and nationalism in the Middle East. Kristin Smith Diwan will moderate the discussion.
Climate Action in the UAE: A Conversation with Aisha Al Abdooli, UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment
Thursday June 17 | 10:00 - 11:00 EDT

On June 17, 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.
Demonstrators and security forces are seen during an anti-government protest in Baghdad, Iraq, May 25. (REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani)
REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
Kadhimi Triumphs Over the Militias, At Least for Now
  Geneive Abdo

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s arrest and detention of a powerful militia commander signals significant changes in Iraq as the country prepares for parliamentary elections.
The Gulf Cooperation Council at 40: Finally Ripe for a Regional Security System?
  Emma Soubrier |
اقرأ بالعربية

The signing of the Al Ula agreement ending the GCC crisis may finally allow the Gulf countries to establish a regional security system, an endeavor that has been decades in the making.
Engineering Presidential Elections in Iran: Coronation of Raisi
  Ali Alfoneh |
اقرأ بالعربية

By narrowing the range of choice, Iran’s supreme leader and the Guardian Council effectively eliminate competition and reduce electoral participation, increasing the chances of their favorite candidate: Chief Justice Ebrahim Raisi.
Qatar and Gaza’s Electricity: Mediation, Aid, and Expertise
  Sima Aldardari

As the largest liquefied natural gas exporter in the world and one of the few countries able to work and negotiate with various parties in Israel and Gaza, Qatar is uniquely positioned to work within Gaza’s energy sector.
Gaza War Spoils Israel’s Arab Outreach
  Hussein Ibish via Bloomberg

Amid a renewed focus on the plight of Palestinians, friendship with Israel is an awkward prospect. 
AGSIW in Arabic
  أثار التوسّع الإسرائيلي في القدس الشرقية والاعتداء على المسجد الأقصى إدانة شديدة ودعمًا شعبيًا للفلسطينيين في الدول الخليجية الموقعة على اتفاقيات إبراهام
  ربما أهم ما تمخض عن القتال الأخير بين إسرائيل وحركة حماس، هو ظاهرة الاشتباكات بين المواطنين الفلسطينيين واليهود داخل إسرائيل
  إن توقيع اتفاقية العلا، التي أنهت أزمة مجلس التعاون لدول الخليج العربية، قد يسمح، في نهاية المطاف، للدول الخليجية بتأسيس نظام أمني إقليمي، وهو المسعى الذي في طور الإعداد لعقود من الزمن
  يعمل المرشد الأعلى للجمهورية الإيرانية ومجلس صيانة الدستور، بشكل فعال، على القضاء على المنافسة وتخفيض نسبة المشاركة الانتخابية وذلك من خلال تضييق نطاق الاختيار، الأمر الذي يزيد من فرص مرشحهم المفضل: رئيس السلطة القضائية إبراهيم رئيسي
Past Events
A Conversation with H.E. Nayef Falah M. Al-Hajraf, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council

On May 26, H.E. Nayef Falah M. Al-Hajraf, GCC secretary general, provided insights on the GCC's current state of affairs following the Al Ula summit and renewed hopes for increased cooperation among its member countries. Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman moderated the discussion.
The Gulf Cooperation Council at 40

On May 27, AGSIW hosted a discussion with Abdullah Baabood, Matteo Legrenzi, and Emma Soubrier examining the GCC's impact on its member states, the Gulf, and international relations, 40 years after its founding. Kristin Smith Diwan moderated the discussion.
In the Media
  • Chatham House: Kristin Smith Diwan spoke on the panel “The GCC at 40: Prospects for the Future.” Her comments appeared in The National.
  • IREMMO: Emma Soubrier discussed the power dynamics and strategies of the Gulf states at a conference hosted by Institut de Recherche et d'Études Méditerranée Moyen-Orient.
  • Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center: Hussein Ibish participated in the roundtable discussion “The Post-Abraham Middle East.”
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