The Dhow: A Weekly Newsletter from AGSIW 

Upcoming Event
Trump and Arab Leaders
Washington’s Role and Interests in the GCC Crisis

DATE Tuesday June 20, 2017
TIME  12:00 - 2:00 pm
SPEAKER David Des Roches, Ellen Laipson, Hamad Althunayyan, Ali Vaez
MODERATOR Hussein Ibish
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Conference Report
Saudi Arabia Transforming
Saudi Arabia Transforming

On May 10, AGSIW brought together thought leaders from the Gulf Arab states, Europe, and the United States to discuss Saudi Arabia at a transformational moment in its history, as the country advances its ambitious reform program – Vision 2030. With a clarity of purpose crystalized by the oil shock of 2014, a year ago the Saudi government initiated wide scale economic and public sector reforms aimed at diversifying its economy, rationalizing its public sector, reducing subsidies, stimulating the private sector, and restructuring its legal and regulatory framework. 
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The Bridge blog
Khalid al-Falih and Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo
Global Oil Market Rebalancing Remains Elusive

By Diane Munro

Global oil prices tumbled to six-month lows in June after an array of new supply data stoked pervasive doubts over OPEC’s strategy to reduce the massive stockpile weighing on markets. That the decision by OPEC and its nonmember partners to rein in production to hasten market rebalancing would lead to higher U.S. production was widely factored into forecasts, but the speed and scale of resurgent shale have raised alarms that a tidal wave of new supply is pushing prices toward the precipice once again.
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AGSIW in Arabic

في عيد ميلاده الواحد والسبعين وجد الرئيس دونالد ترامب نفسه في المكان الذي كان يسعى لتفاديه بأي طريقة ممكنة. وبعد أشهر طويلة من التحقيقات بالتدخل الروسي في الانتخابات الأمريكية اكتشف ترامب ما كان يخاف منه، وما أدت إليه مواقفه الغاضبه وإجراءاته المتهورة: أي أنه شخصيا يخضع الآن لتحقيقات المحقق الخاص روبرت مولر لاحتمال تورطه في "عرقلة العدالة" وهي تهمة جزائية يمكن نظريا أن تؤدي إلى محاكمته في الكونغرس. قرار المحقق مولر استجواب دان كوتس مدير الاستخبارات الوطنية، والأميرال مايكل روجرز مدير وكالة الأمن القومي، للتحقيق فيما إذا كان ترامب قد طلب منهما التدخل لدى مدير مكتب التحقيقات الفيدرالي (أف بي آي) السابق جيمس كومي لوقف أو تعليق التحقيق في اتصالات وعلاقة مستشار الأمن القومي السابق مايكل فلين بالمسؤولين الروس
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In addition to original content, in Arabic is regularly updated with new Arabic translations of AGSIW's analysis. New translations include:
In the Media
Stephen SecheSpeaking with World Politics Review, AGSIW Executive Vice President and former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Stephen A. Seche commented on the role of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the conflict in Yemen: "He is absolutely a product of his place, in that he came to power and stayed and decided not to go away."

Speaking with Bloomberg, AGSIW Senior Resident Scholar Kristin Smith Diwan commented on the implications of the ongoing GCC crisis: "This goes beyond Al Jazeera to a range of media that include more nationalist, critical and democratic views," She continued, "They complicate life for countries like Saudi and Yemen, and for the difficult transitions they are trying to achieve."

Marcelle WahbaAGSIW President Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba spoke at the Wilson Center’s Ground Truth Briefing: "Tensions in the Gulf:  Implications for U.S. Policy." She noted that while it is in U.S. national interests to have a stable and unified Gulf Cooperation Council, Qatar needs to be more rigorous in combatting terrorist financing and stop providing a public platform for extremist voices.

AGSIW Senior Resident Scholar Hussein Ibish spoke at the conference "The Two-State Solution and Beyond" at Maison du Futur in Bikfaya, Lebanon, where he addressed the development of "outside-in" approaches to Middle East peace, focusing on the role Gulf Arab countries can play, given the emerging approach of the administration of  U.S. President Donald J. Trump. The conference was also sponsored by the Al Quds Center and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

Hussein Ibish at BrandeisIbish also spoke at a plenary session of the 2017 Association for Israel Studies Conference at Brandeis University. Ibish focused on the regional changes over the decades since the 1967 war, and the role Gulf Arab countries can play in pursuing Israeli-Palestinian peace and creating a new strategic environment in the region.

AGSIW Visiting Scholar Hala Aldosari gave a presentation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies on the impact of U.S. foreign policy on Saudi Arabia's public policy and gender reforms.
Fall 2017 Internships

Position Title: Program and Digital Media Intern
Department/Team: Programs and Publications
Period: Fall 2017
Location: Washington, DC

Job Summary: The Internship Program at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW) provides talented students and recent graduates with a three-month (or longer) unpaid training opportunity designed to encourage professional and personal development. As a newly established organization, we encourage out-of-the-box thinking and value fresh perspectives. AGSIW will provide interns with a transportation stipend for the duration of the internship.

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Research Associate (Economic Analysis)

Position Title: Research Associate (Economic Analysis)
Department/Team: Senior Resident Scholars
Period: Part Time (20-25 hours/week, no benefits)
Location: Washington, DC

Job Summary: Provide research assistance and support to senior resident scholars at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. 

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OxGAPS Call for Articles

Submission Deadline: July 7

Gulf Affairs invites scholars to submit original analytical articles for its upcoming issue on the theme “Foreign Policy Trends in the GCC States,” edited by AGSIW Senior Resident Scholar Karen E. Young.

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