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 The Abu Dhabi Global Market in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 31, 2019 (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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Upcoming Events
Book Launch: A Political Economy of Free Zones in Gulf Arab States
Tuesday July 13 | 10:00 - 11:00 am EDT

On July 13, AGSIW will host a discussion of Robert Mogielnicki's recent book, A Political Economy of Free Zones in Gulf Arab States. Mogielnicki will be joined by Ziad DaoudSanam Vakil will moderate the discussion.
Can a New U.N. Envoy Produce Peace in Yemen?
Thursday July 15 | 10:00 - 11:30 am EDT

On July 15, AGSIW will host a discussion with Nadwa Al-Dawsari and Peter Salisbury on the top issues and challenges facing the incoming United Nations special envoy for Yemen. Gregory D. Johnsen will moderate the discussion.
Kazem Gharib Abadi, Iran's governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Abbas Araghchi, political deputy at Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, and Enrique Mora, deputy secretary general and political director of the European External Action Service, stand in front of the Grand Hotel Vienna where where closed-door nuclear talks are taking place, Vienna, Austria, June 2. (AP Photo/Lisa Leutner)
AP Photo/Lisa Leutner
A U.S.-Iran Nuclear Accord is Still Probable, But Will Leave Much Unresolved
  Hussein Ibish |
اقرأ بالعربية

With its presidential election over, Iran may now want an agreement, but the biggest issues may remain untouchable.
A Grand Bargain for Yemen
  Gregory D. Johnsen |
اقرأ بالعربية

The next U.N. special envoy for Yemen will be uniquely positioned to spearhead a grand bargain that might be the international community’s last chance to reconstitute Yemen as a single state.
Iranian Voters Use Turnout, Voided Ballots, and Social Media to Rain on Raisi’s Electoral Parade
  Sara Bazoobandi |
اقرأ بالعربية

The low participation and high number of protest votes in Iran’s presidential election demonstrate a lack of trust in the regime and a diminished hope among Iranians for making change through the ballot box.
Clerical Associations in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates: Soft Power Competition in Islamic Politics
  Kristin Smith Diwan via International Affairs

In the wake of the 2011 Arab uprisings, Qatar and the UAE began hosting and establishing associations of influential Islamic scholars. These clerical associations have afforded a platform for more credibly entering into religious and political debates, cultivating new networks of influence among Muslim publics, and engaging non-Islamic countries and organizations.

This article is part of a special section, "New Trends in Gulf International Relations and Transnational Politics," edited by Emma Soubrier, Courtney Freer, and Jessie Moritz.
Lingering Coronavirus Concerns Pose Obstacles to Livability and Investment Initiatives
  Robert Mogielnicki via Henley & Partners

Pragmatic dialogue between key Middle Eastern stakeholders and a renewed focus on enhancing quality of life present reasons for optimism. However, global coronavirus-related concerns continue to weigh heavily on the region.
UAE-Qatar Religious Rivalry Cools as Saudi Arabia Seeks Resolution
  Kristin Smith Diwan via Georgetown University Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs

The break in the intra-Gulf standoff comes as all of the states are turning inward. The regional power of the Islamist populists who once threatened to hold power in several states has crested, diminishing their political appeal for Qatar.
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  مع انتهاء انتخاباتها الرئاسية، قد تريد إيران اتفاقًا، لكن قد تبقى القضايا الرئيسية دون معالجة
  سيكون مبعوث الأمم المتحدة الخاص لليمن القادم في وضع متفرد، حيث سيقود الجهود الرامية لتحقيق صفقة كبرى قد تكون الفرصة الأخيرة للمجتمع الدولي لإعادة بناء اليمن كدولة واحدة
  إن المشاركة المتدنية وارتفاع التصويت المعارض في الانتخابات الرئاسية الإيرانية يظهران عدم الثقة في النظام وأملاً ضئيلاً لدى الإيرانيين في إحداث تغيير من خلال صناديق الاقتراع
Past Event
The Long Game in Iraq: Are Shia Clerics and Activists Finding Common Cause To Confront the State?

On June 29, AGSIW hosted a discussion of Geneive Abdo's recent paper examining cooperation between influential Iraqi clerics and civil society activists. Abdo was joined by Abbas Kadhim. Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman moderated the discussion.
In the Media
  • Reuters: Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman commented on Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's influence on Iraqi politics.
  • Al Hurra: Silliman discussed the possibility of a cease-fire in Yemen and the U.S. position toward the Houthis.
  • Reuters: Robert Mogielnicki commented on Saudi plans for a new airline and commercial competition in the Gulf.
  • Al Jazeera: In several interviews, Silliman discussed U.S. attacks on militia positions in Iraq and Syria. He additionally discussed U.S. strikes in Syria and U.S.-Iran-Iraq relations for Al Hurra.
  • The Media Line: Kate Dourian discussed the United Arab Emirates' position toward a possible OPEC+ agreement. Mogielnicki also commented on the rift between Abu Dhabi and Riyadh.
  • Independent: Eman Alhussein commented on regional competition between Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
  • Times of Israel: Hussein Ibish commented on discussions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
  • Central Banking: Mogielnicki discussed the Kuwait Investment Authority and the state of sovereign wealth funds in the country.
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