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June 21, 2021
 Iraqi demonstrators gather to mark the first anniversary of anti-government protests in Najaf, Iraq, October 25, 2020. (REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani)
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Upcoming Event
The Long Game in Iraq: Are Shia Clerics and Activists Finding Common Cause To Confront the State?
Tuesday June 29 | 10:00 - 11:00 am EDT

On Tuesday June 29, AGSIW will host a discussion of Geneive Abdo's recent paper examining cooperation between influential Iraqi clerics and civil society activists. Abdo will be joined by Abbas Kadhim. Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman will moderate the discussion.
Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi waves to the media after casting his vote at a polling station in Tehran, Iran, June 18. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi
Iran Gets a New President and a Supreme Leader in Waiting
  Ali Alfoneh

Long rumored to be the favorite to succeed Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Ebrahim Raisi will use the presidency as a steppingstone.
Libya’s Fragile Political Consensus Faces Daunting Challenges
  Anna L. Jacobs |
اقرأ بالعربية

Libya’s unity government is restoring ties with international partners and jumpstarting the country’s economy, but with a delicate political consensus will the interim government be able to deliver free and fair elections?
Keeping the Spirit Alive: Vision 2030 Five Years On
  Eman Alhussein |
اقرأ بالعربية

Saudi government outreach acknowledges the strains of diversification plans and austerity measures while also seeking to renew the public’s interest in achieving the economic transformation's goals.
Arab States, Israel Have a Stake in Iran’s Election
  Hussein Ibish via Bloomberg

The key to reducing tensions in the Middle East lies in relations between Tehran and Washington.
AGSIW in Arabic
  حكومة الوحدة الليبية تستعيد العلاقات مع الشركاء الدوليين، وتعمل على إعطاء دفعة لاقتصاد الدولة. ولكن مع وجود توافق سياسي هشّ، هل ستتمكن الحكومة من إجراء انتخابات حرة ونزيهة؟
  يعد تواصل الحكومة السعودية مع الجمهور إدراكاً للصعوبات التي فرضتها خطط التنويع وتدابير التقشف، في الوقت الذي تسعى فيه كذلك لتجديد اهتمام الجمهور بتحقيق أهداف التحول الاقتصادي
Past Events
Viennese Waltz: How Can the U.S. Balance Its Priorities With Gulf Arab Concerns as It Engages Iran?

On June 16, AGSIW hosted a discussion with Thomas L. Friedman, Suzanne Maloney, and Ambassador Frank G. Wisner on the ongoing Vienna negotiations aimed at reviving the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear agreement. Hussein Ibish moderated the discussion.
Climate Action in the UAE: A Conversation with H.E. Aisha Al Abdooli, UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment

On June 17, AGSIW hosted H.E. 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 Douglas A. Silliman moderated the discussion.
In the Media
  • AFP: Kristin Smith Diwan commented on religious reform in Saudi Arabia.
  • Reuters: Diwan discussed Saudi cease-fire requirements in Yemen.
  • Bloomberg: Diwan commented on Kuwait's political stalemate.
  • Al Arabiya: Robert Mogielnicki addressed the impact of global tax reforms on Gulf Arab states.
  • Al Hurra: In an interview, Geneive Abdo discussed Iraq's international engagement, elections in October, and possibility for future stability.
  • Weekendavisen: Mogielnicki commented on Saudi Arabia's startup ecosystem.
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