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July 11, 2022
 Followers of Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr hold posters with his photo in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq, May 26. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
AP Photo/Hadi Mizban
Inscrutable Ambitions: Sadr’s Exit From Iraq’s Parliament Strengthens Rivals
  Yerevan Saeed

Muqtada al-Sadr’s exit from Iraq’s political process seems to be a huge political miscalculation, but there is still a tough road ahead for government formation despite the change in the political map.
America’s New Realism in the Middle East
  F. Gregory Gause, III via Foreign Affairs

President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s trip to Saudi Arabia reflects an acceptance of the region as it is.
Biden Can Unite Israel and Saudi Arabia to Meet Iran Threat
  Hussein Ibish via Bloomberg

Biden’s success in reunifying the alliance of Western democracies has given Washington its most dynamic international leadership role in decades. Now he’s going to try to do the same in the Middle East.
Retaliation: Lessons From Greek-Iranian Naval Incidents

In the inaugural, July 6 edition of the Iran Media Review, Ali Alfoneh considers the Islamic Republic of Iran’s logic of power and disproportionate retaliation.
Bahrain Reduced to Province of Iran on President Raisi’s Instagram

In the July 8 edition of the Iran Media Review, Ali Alfoneh considers whether using the question of Bahraini sovereignty is worth the risk of increasing tensions with neighbors and perpetuating diplomatic isolation.
AGSIW in Arabic
  خيارات بايدن وحزبه الديموقراطي، قبل أربعة أشهر من الانتخابات النصفية، أحلاها مرّ
  تشارك عُمان في البينالي الدولي للفنون في البندقية بعرض جماعي للوسائط المتعددة يسلط الضوء على المشهد الفني المفاهيمي للبلاد
Past Event
Book Launch: Kinship, State Formation and Governance in the Arab Gulf States

On July 7, AGSIW hosted a discussion on Scott Weiner's new publication examining tribe-state relations in the Gulf. Courtney Freer served as discussant and Kristin Smith Diwan moderated the conversation.
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