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The Dhow
June 29, 2020
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The Formative Moments That Shaped the Gulf Arab Militaries
 Zoltan Barany 
اقرأ بالعربية

The evolution of the Gulf Arab armies is best understood by highlighting some of their key formative moments and sociocultural foundations.
Populism on the Rise in Kuwait as Elections Loom
 Kristin Smith Diwan 
اقرأ بالعربية

Under the strain of the coronavirus pandemic and the political imperatives of upcoming elections, populism is raging in Kuwait. It colors public discourse high and low, from elite campaigns to root out corruption to grassroot demands to expel guest workers.
Constants in Iran’s Security Policy Under the Pahlavi Regime and the Islamic Republic
 Ali Alfoneh 
اقرأ بالعربية

Survival supersedes ideology, and the ruling elites of the Islamic Republic find themselves adhering to the constants in security policy of a predecessor they vilify.
What Iran’s Military Journals Reveal About the Role of Missiles in Strategic Deterrence
 Ali Alfoneh 
اقرأ بالعربية

A pilot survey of Imam Hussein University academic journals shows the limits of academic freedom in the Islamic Republic, save a few pieces reflecting the Iranian leadership’s view of the role of missiles in strategic deterrence.
Mental Health in the Gulf: Reforms and Challenges
 Mohammad J. Al Yousef via Millennial Gulf

While youth-led awareness campaigns and public health education are shifting the landscape of mental health care in the Gulf, sociocultural challenges persist.
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Upcoming Event
Toward a Green Recovery in the Gulf States
Thursday July 23 | 9:30 - 10:30 am EDT

On July 23, AGSIW will host a virtual panel discussion with Aisha Al-Sarihi, Rabia Ferroukhi, Mari Luomi, and Samantha Gross examining climate-related challenges to Gulf economic revival plans amid the pandemic.
AGSIW in Arabic
  يمكن فهم تطور جيوش دول الخليج العربية بصورة أفضل من خلال التركيز على عدد من اللحظات التكوينية والأسس الاجتماعية الثقافية
  تحت ضغط جائحة فيروس كورونا والمقتضيات السياسية للانتخابات المقبلة، تستعر الشعبوية في الكويت. فهي تصبغ الخطاب العام من رأسه إلى أساسه، من حملات النخبة لاستئصال الفساد إلى المطالبات الشعبية بطرد العمال الوافدين
  البقاء يتغلب على الأيديولوجية، وتجد النخب الحاكمة في الجمهورية الإسلامية نفسها متشبثة بثوابت السياسة الأمنية لسلفها الذي تطعن فيه
  يوضح مسح للمجلات الأكاديمية بجامعة الإمام الحسين حدود الحرية الأكاديمية في الجمهورية الإسلامية، باستثناء بعض المقتطفات التي تعكس وجهة نظر القيادة الإيرانية حول دور الصواريخ كقوة ردع استراتيجية
In the Media
AGSIW provided two virtual briefings to State Department personnel enrolled in the Gulf Area Studies class at its diplomatic training center, the Foreign Service Institute. AGSIW President Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman, joined by Senior Resident Scholars Kristin Smith Diwan and Hussein Ibish, provided a regional overview on June 22, and Executive Vice President Ambassador Stephen Seche offered an appraisal of the ongoing war in Yemen and prospects for resolution on June 25.
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