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June 27, 2022
 Lawmakers attend a session of Kuwait's National Assembly, in Kuwait City, February 8. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo
Kuwait's Constitutional Stand
  Kristin Smith Diwan

A sit-in by members of Kuwait's National Assembly was a relatively rare example of a successful targeted political protest to achieve limited political aims, but it is unlikely the good feelings of national unity will last.
Bahrain Cabinet Reshuffle: Crown Prince and His Team Take Center Stage
  Ambassador William Roebuck

Bahrainis, Omanis, and Kuwaitis use cabinet reshuffles for different ends: to signal efforts at regime consolidation, consolidation of a new leader’s control, or a royal maneuver to counter parliament.
The Yemeni Truce and the Long Road Ahead
  Gregory D. Johnsen

Yemen’s fragile truce is being extended, but there is still a massive amount of work needed to bring the conflict to an end.
Mohammed bin Salman Visiting Turkey: A Litmus Test for Reconciliation
  Ali Bakir and Eyup Ersoy

The Saudi crown prince’s trip to Ankara may resolve questions about the seriousness of reconciliation efforts between Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Oman Debuts at the 59th Venice Biennale With “Destined Imaginaries”
  Nada Ammagui for Millennial Gulf

Oman is participating in the International Biennale of Arts in Venice with a multimedia group show highlighting the country’s conceptual art scene.
Biden Can Repair a Rift and Push Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
  Hussein Ibish via Bloomberg

Achieving the release and right to travel of high-profile critics would strengthen the relationship and improve the Saudis’ position in Washington.
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  تحقيق مثل هذا الميثاق الإستراتيجي الجديد في العلاقات الأميركية-السعودية يتطلب قرارات صعبة من الطرفين
Past Events
Can Biden's Visit Create a Lasting Recalibration in the U.S.-Saudi Partnership?

On June 21, AGSIW hosted a discussion with Mohammed Alyahya, Brian Katulis, and Danielle Pletka on President Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s planned visit to Saudi Arabia and implications for U.S.-Saudi relations. Hussein Ibish moderated the discussion.
Living Heritage: Passing on Traditions, Exploring the UAE’s Cultural Traditions at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

On June 24, AGSIW, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, DC hosted a discussion featuring three culture bearers from the UAE.
In the Media
  • Council on Foreign Relations: Robert Mogielnicki was accepted as a term member and will contribute expertise on Gulf political economy, China-Middle East and North Africa relations, and technology trends.
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