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July 12, 2021
 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, Peter Salisbury, and Maysaa Shuja al-Deen on the top issues and challenges facing the incoming United Nations special envoy for Yemen. Gregory D. Johnsen will moderate the discussion.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, attends a ceremony with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 27, 2019. (Mohamed Al Hammadi/Ministry of Presidential Affairs via AP)
Mohamed Al Hammadi/Ministry of Presidential Affairs via AP
The UAE and Saudi Arabia: The Partnership Endures Despite Oil Dispute
  Hussein Ibish |
اقرأ بالعربية

Long-standing but underappreciated differences between the UAE and Saudi Arabia are becoming more obvious, but their continuing shared interests remain decisive.
Saudi-Emirati Rift Over Oil Policy Scuttles OPEC+ Deal
  Kate Dourian

An OPEC+ deal, which was close to being within reach, collapsed over a dispute between the two Gulf allies, jeopardizing the interests of all constituents and leaving consumers at the mercy of market volatility.
The Gulf’s New Sound: Indie Music and Global Change
  Sean Foley for Millennial Gulf

There is a new talented class of musicians in the Gulf states. Their music is a clarion call for personal change along with sociocultural renewal from Jeddah to Manama and New Orleans.
Gulf Engagement in Afghanistan’s Evolving Political Marketplace: Uneven Investment, Uncertain Prospects
  Umer Karim

Gulf countries have deep historical ties with Afghanistan. As the NATO mission comes to an end, they could have the influence to help stabilize Afghanistan and chart a course toward peace and reconciliation.
Saudi Arabia Hedges Its Bets With Assertiveness and Diplomacy in Iran Policy
  Eman Alhussein |
اقرأ بالعربية

While Saudi leaders promote nascent rapprochement efforts with Iran on the official level, they are allowing an informal aggressive discourse, underpinning continued assertiveness toward Iran and suspicions about its motives.
AGSIW in Arabic
  خلال حملته الانتخابية ألزم بايدن نفسه بإنهاء الوجود العسكري في أفغانستان في حال فوزه، وكان يكرر أن واشنطن قد حققت الهدف الأساسي من غزوها لأفغانستان
  الخلافات طويلة الأمد، ولكن غير المُقَدرة، بين الإمارات والسعودية أصبحت أكثر وضوحًا، لكن تبقى مصالحهما المشتركة المستمرة أمرًا مصيريًا
  بينما يعمل القادة السعوديون على تعزيز جهود التقارب الناشئ مع إيران على المستوى الرسمي، فإنهم يسمحون بوجود خطاب عدائي غير رسمي، يدعم الحزم تجاه إيران والتشكيك في دوافعها
Past Event
The Future of OPEC+ and Saudi-UAE Relations

On July 8, AGSIW hosted a private briefing with Ben Cahill, Kate Dourian, and Hussein Ibish on the developing OPEC+ dispute and the repercussions for the future of the alliance as well as relations between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Ambassador William Roebuck moderated the conversation.
In the Media
  • Foreign Service Institute: Hussein Ibish gave a talk on Gulf foreign policies.
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