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September 8, 2020
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed signs a peace accord with Eritrea as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman looks on in the distance in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 16, 2018. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)
Saudi Press Agency via AP
Upcoming Event
Competition or Cooperation: The Horn of Africa and Broader Red Sea Basin at a Crossroads
Thursday September 10 | 10:00 - 11:00 am EDT

On September 10, AGSIW will host a virtual panel discussion with Kate Almquist Knopf, Abdul Mohammed, Ambassador Alexander Rondos, Abdulaziz Al Sager, and Ambassador Frank G. Wisner, AGSIW board chair, examining if the countries of the Red Sea basin can turn deepening foreign engagement into opportunities for increased economic and political cooperation.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Alhakim, center right, shakes hands with Saudi Minister of Commerce and Investment, Majid bin Abdullah al-Qasabi, after the opening ceremony of a Saudi consulate in Baghdad, Iraq, April 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
AP Photo/Hadi Mizban
Can Restoration of Electricity Spark a New Era in Relations Between Baghdad and Riyadh?
 Yerevan Saeed 

The U.S. “maximum pressure” approach to contain Iran’s destabilizing behavior in the Middle East has played a key role in the Trump administration’s determination to help Iraq and Saudi Arabia mend ties.
Pakistan’s Military Steps In To Manage Tense Ties With Saudi Arabia
 Umer Karim
اقرأ بالعربية

A swift Saudi pullout from an economic assistance program for Pakistan spells trouble for the bilateral relationship, but it would be unwise to write an obituary for Saudi-Pakistani ties.
AGSIW in Arabic
  يتسبب الانسحاب السعودي السريع من برنامج المساعدة الاقتصادية لباكستان في مشاكل في العلاقات الثنائية، لكن ليس من الحكمة أن ننعى العلاقات السعودية الباكستانية
Past Event
What Motivated the UAE-Israel Agreement and What Comes Next?

On September 2, AGSIW hosted a virtual panel discussion with Mohammed Baharoon, Joshua Krasna, Mara Rudman, and Hussein Ibish examining the UAE-Israel agreement, the role of the United States, and how the agreement will alter regional dynamics.
Press Release
AGSIW Welcomes Robert Mason as a Non-Resident Fellow

AGSIW is pleased to announce that Robert Mason has joined the institute as a non-resident fellow. Mason is a fellow with the Sectarianism, Proxies and De-sectarianisation project at Lancaster University. He is a regular commentator on regional and international affairs.
In the Media
  • The New York Times: Hussein Ibish discussed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response to the Trump administration’s plan to sell arms to the United Arab Emirates.
  • AFP: Ibish commented on a Saudi local court ruling on the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
  • The Media Line: In an interview, Ibish examined U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Middle East visit.
  • Foreign Service Institute: AGSIW addressed U.S. Department of State officials enrolled in the Gulf area studies class hosted by the Foreign Service Institute. Kristin Smith Diwan spoke on internal political dynamics and Ambassador Stephen A. Seche discussed the ongoing war in Yemen.
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