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July 19, 2021
 Posters Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hang in the Hamadiyah market in the Old City of Damascus, Syria, May 24. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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Upcoming Events
Reengaging Assad: What's Behind Arab Outreach to Syria?
Thursday July 22 | 10:00 - 11:30 am EDT

On July 22, AGSIW will host a discussion with Ibrahim Hamidi, Emile Hokayem, and Ambassador William Roebuck examining Gulf Arab reengagement with the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Jennifer Cafarella will moderate the discussion.
Transitioning to Non-Oil Economies in the Gulf: Successes, Failures, and the Path Forward
Tuesday July 27 | 8:00 - 9:30 am EDT

On July 27, AGSIW and the National University of Singapore's Middle East Institute will host a discussion with Tilak Doshi, Kate Dourian, and Robert Mogielnicki on economic diversification efforts in the Gulf Arab states. Clemens Chay will moderate the discussion.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, inspects the honor guard next to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 27, 2019. (Rashed Al Mansoori/Ministry of Presidential Affairs via AP)
Rashed Al Mansoori/Ministry of Presidential Affairs via AP
Saudi-Emirati Competition Lays Bare State-Led Pursuit of Economic Interests
  Robert Mogielnicki

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are pushing to advance their economic interests, but it does not necessarily have to be a zero-sum game.
Biden's G-7 Infrastructure Plan to Counter China
  Guy Burton and Roie Yellinek

The recently announced U.S.-led G-7 infrastructure plan will need to play catch up if it is going to compete with China's more established Belt and Road Initiative.
The Saudi-UAE Race for Hydrogen: A Play for the Renewables Narrative, Not Profits
  Marcus Chenevix

Why are Saudi and Emirati policymakers committing billions of dollars to developing production capacity for a fuel for which there is almost no existing commercial demand?
Saudi Arabia’s Economic Ambitions Could Fuel Gulf Rivalries
  Robert Mogielnicki via World Politics Review

Billed as a “key pillar” of Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia's National Transport and Logistics Strategy calls for $147 billion in investments over nine years, including plans for a second national airline and new logistics zones.
Past Events
Book Launch: A Political Economy of Free Zones in Gulf Arab States

On July 13, AGSIW hosted a discussion of Robert Mogielnicki's recent book, A Political Economy of Free Zones in Gulf Arab States. Mogielnicki was joined by Ziad Daoud, and Sanam Vakil moderated the discussion.
Can a New U.N. Envoy Produce Peace in Yemen?

On July 15, AGSIW hosted 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 moderated the discussion.
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