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September 19, 2022
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves to supporters during a religious ceremony, in Tehran, Iran, Sept. 17. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP
Upcoming Event
Succession in Iran: Who Will Be the Next Supreme Leader?
Thursday September 22 | 10:30 - 11:30 am EDT | Online

On September 22, AGSIW will host a discussion on succession in Iran with Ali Alfoneh, author of Political Succession in the Islamic Republic of Iran: Demise of the Clergy and the Rise of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Hussein Ibish will moderate the conversation.
Mohammad Mokhber, then head of the organization of the Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order, unveils the COVIran Barekat vaccine at the Barekat vaccine production center in Karaj, Iran May 11, 2021. (Majid Asgaripour/WANA)
Majid Asgaripour/WANA
The Pandemic is Dwindling, but Iran’s Politicization of the Coronavirus Has Taken Its Toll
  Kourosh Ziabari

The Iranian government’s idiosyncratic response to the health emergency and its ideological handling of the immunization plans still resonates with many as the symptom of a broader malaise: the perception that to the government, politics supersede Iranian lives.
Gulf States Exercise Fiscal Restraint Despite Oil Windfall
  Robert Mogielnicki via Al-Monitor

Having recently emerged from the coronavirus-induced economic downturn, all GCC states will be cautious in their spending, preferring to double down on existing initiatives, strategies, and projects.
Iranian-Saudi Negotiations: Diplomatic Enthusiasm, Analytical Skepticism

The September 13 edition of the Iran Media Review considers comments by Iranian analysts regarding factors that could derail nuclear negotiations.
Iran “Will Engage in Countermeasures,” to Defend Armenia Mashregh News Warns Azerbaijan

The September 15 edition of the Iran Media Review examines warning messages to Azerbaijan regarding the Iran-Armenia border.
Arbaeen Pilgrimage to Karbala: From Demonstration of Power to Public Relations Debacle

The September 16 edition of the Iran Media Review examines reactions to this year’s Arbaeen pilgrimage.
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Past Events
China-Gulf Initiative: Evolving Chinese Demand for Gulf Energy and Geopolitical Implications

On September 15, as part of the China-Gulf Initiative, AGSIW hosted a discussion with Ben Cahill, Kate Dourian, and Ed Morse examining energy relations between China and the Gulf states. Robert Mogielnicki moderated the discussion.
Book Talk With Walter Russell Mead: The Arc of a Covenant: The United States, Israel, and the Fate of the Jewish People

On September 14, AGSIW hosted a discussion with Walter Russell Mead on his new book and current U.S. policy in the Middle East. Hussein Ibish moderated the discussion.
In the Media
  • CGTN: Robert Mogielnicki discussed Arab interest in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization during the recent summit.
  • Middle East Eye: Mogielnicki commented on prospects for renewed economic cooperation between Egypt and Qatar.
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