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August 17, 2020
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Upcoming Event
After the Pandemic: The Future of Higher Education in the Gulf
Thursday August 20 | 10:00 - 11:00 am EDT

On August 20, AGSIW will host a virtual panel discussion with Kevin Guthrie, Mariët Westermann, and Kristin Smith Diwan examining the role of higher education in the development of Gulf Arab states and how the coronavirus pandemic has affected these institutions.
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What Motivated the U.S.-Brokered UAE-Israel Agreement?
 Hussein Ibish 

Palestinians are fuming, but the United States, the United Arab Emirates, and Israel all see clear benefits in the normalization of relations between a key Arab state and Israel.
Iran Reacts Angrily to the UAE-Israel Landmark Agreement
 Ali Alfoneh 

The Islamic Republic has yet to realize taking such a posture toward its Arab neighbors further encourages them to align with Iran’s adversaries.
The Boutiqaat Saga: Balancing Innovation and Corporate Governance
 Robert Mogielnicki 

Implementing stronger corporate governance frameworks that apply to regional startups is a good starting point to increase investor confidence in a challenging economic climate.
Frustration With the Regime Spurs New Protests in Iran
 Brett Sudetic 

Despite Iranians’ contempt for the U.S. “maximum pressure” campaign, many see the regime as the main source of the country’s economic and social problems.
Who Wins, Who Loses From the Israel-UAE Agreement
 Hussein Ibish via Bloomberg

The UAE-Israel commitment to normalize relations, brokered by the United States, stands to benefit all three parties. But what will the agreement mean for Middle Eastern countries whose signatures won’t be on it?
AGSIW in Arabic
  قوبل اختيار هاريس بترحيب كبير من مختلف الشرائح الاجتماعية والاثنية التي تمثل الائتلاف الديموقراطي، وإن كان التقدميون يشعرون ببعض الإحباط، لأن هاريس لم تكن من بين أبرز المرشحات بالنسبة لهم
  لا بد من وجود عملية مباحثات صارمة لكي يسفر اتفاق الرياض عن تغيير حقيقي ودائم
Past Events
Roundtable with David Schenker, Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Schenker provided his perspective on the announcement of the groundbreaking UAE-Israel agreement to normalize relations, a deal brokered by the United States.
Key Elements of Saudi Social Transformation Post-Coronavirus

On August 11, AGSIW partnered with the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies to host a virtual panel discussion examining social reform programs in Saudi Arabia.
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