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September 7, 2021
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The Debate Over the U.S. Military Role in the Gulf
  Hussein Ibish
اقرأ بالعربية

Maximalist proposals calling for near-total withdrawal or expanding the U.S. military footprint are unrealistic. The task is to find effective ways of doing as much, or more, with less.

This piece is the first in a series exploring new frameworks for a more realistic, effective, and pragmatic approach to reshaping the U.S. force posture in the region.
French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan attend a meeting at the Quai d'Orsay in Paris, France, November 21, 2018. (REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)
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Upcoming Event
The European Union and Gulf Cooperation Council: A New Path for Cooperation?
Thursday September 23 | 9:00 - 10:30 am EDT

On September 23, AGSIW will host a discussion with Adel Abdel Ghafar, Hanaa Almoaibed, Silvia Colombo, and Omar Al-Ubaydli examining prospects and challenges for increased cooperation between the EU and Gulf countries. Emma Soubrier will moderate the discussion.
 Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu attend the opening ceremony of the International Military-Technical Forum "Army-2021," Moscow, Russia, August 23. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool via REUTERS)
Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool via REUTERS
Saudi-Russian Military Cooperation: Signaling or Strategy?
  Robert Mason

Saudi Arabia is positioning itself to build greater interdependence with Russia. If this is a serious strategy, it poses real risks for Saudi Arabia’s defense relationship with the United States.
Making Sense of the Taliban Return: Winners and Losers in the Muslim World
  Hussein Ibish via Reset Dialogues on Civilizations

The fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, although it is in the heart of central Asia, has immense implications for the Middle East. Apart from a few exceptions, most in the Middle East will find the development deeply disturbing on several counts.
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  إن المقترحات المُغالية التي تدعو إلى انسحاب شبه كامل أو توسيع تواجد القوات العسكرية الأمريكية في الخليج ليست واقعية. تتمثل المهمة الآن في إيجاد طرق فعالة للقيام بالمهام نفسها أو أكثر بموارد أقل
  كرر بايدن لوم سلفه ترامب الذي وقع اتفاقًا سياسيًا مع طالبان في فبراير/شباط 2020، ووضعه أمام خيارات صعبة
  تشير المناقشات في الذكرى السنوية الأولى مع المحللين وكبار الدبلوماسيين الأمريكيين السابقين إلى تجذر اتفاقات أبراهام وفوائدها وحدودها
Press Release
AGSIW Welcomes New Non-Resident Fellows

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that Emma Soubrier and Paul Sullivan have joined the institute as non-resident fellows.
In the Media
  • Foreign Service Institute: Kristin Smith Diwan and Hussein Ibish presented lectures to U.S. Foreign Service officers on popular politics in the Gulf and Gulf state foreign policies.
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