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September 20, 2020
Saudi entrepreneur, Manar Alomayri, a partner of Dhad Audio Publishing, poses for the camera in front of her stand at the Digital Media Services tent as a part of the Step 2017 Conference and Music in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Upcoming Events
Navigating the Gulf Ecosystem for Startups
Tuesday September 22 | 10:00 - 11:00 am EDT

Tomorrow, AGSIW will host a virtual panel discussion with Mazin Alzaidi, Philip Bahoshy, Sonia Gokhale, and Robert Mogielnicki examining the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and energy market outlook on startups and entrepreneurial initiatives in the Gulf.
Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean: Where Do the Gulf States Fit In?
Tuesday September 29 | 10:00 - 11:00 am EDT

On September 29, AGSIW will host a virtual panel discussion with Ali Bakeer, Cinzia Bianco, Michael Tanchum, and Hussein Ibish on Gulf interests and involvement in the eastern Mediterranean basin.
From left, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald J. Trump, Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan stand on the Blue Room balcony during the Abraham Accords signing ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Washington, DC, Sept. 15. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
AP Photo/Alex Brandon
Iran Chooses a Harsher Tone as it Reacts to the Bahrain-Israel Rapprochement
 Ali Alfoneh
اقرأ بالعربية

The normalization of relations with Israel provides another grievance Tehran can use to mobilize Bahrain’s Shias against their rulers.
Nuclear Power in the Middle East: The Politics of Stakeholder Coalitions
 Li-Chen Sim

The creation and management of domestic and external stakeholder coalitions is intrinsic to a sustained commitment to nuclear energy in the UAE.
Debt Maturities Loom As Gulf States Sell More Bonds
 Robert Mogielnicki

Regional policymakers must grapple with how the political and economic systems that they plan to sustain with today’s debt can meet tomorrow’s obligations.
Controlling the Narrative: Censorship Laws in the Gulf
 Mohammad J. Al Yousef for Millennial Gulf

Kuwaiti activism against book censorship yields a partial victory, but expression remains strictly regulated through press and publication laws across the Gulf.
The Israel-UAE Deal Would Benefit From a Biden Win
 Hussein Ibish via Bloomberg

Joe Biden would be better placed as president than Donald J. Trump to overcome Democratic resistance to crucial arms sales to the Emiratis.
Normalization With Saudi Arabia Will Be a Lot More Complicated, and Risky
 Hussein Ibish via Haaretz

Saudi Arabia would be taking far greater risks than the UAE and Bahrain in establishing relations with Israel.
AGSIW in Arabic
  يوفر تطبيع العلاقات مع إسرائيل مظلمة أخرى يمكن لطهران أن تستخدمها لحشد شيعة البحرين ضد حكامهم
  في الوقت الذي كانت للإمارات العربية المتحدة مجموعة معقدة من الأهداف، كان تركيز البحرين ينصب على إيران
  كانت مسيرة تعيين قاضيات في هيئة المحكمة الكويتية طويلةً ومثيرةً للجدل. ومع انعدام الإرادة السياسية الحقيقية لزيادة فرص النساء، فإن عجلة التغيير سوف تستمر في دورانها البطيء
In the Media
  • Reuters: Kristin Smith Diwan commented on Bahrain’s ties with the United States and Gulf allies and Manama’s move to join the United Arab Emirates in a deal to normalize relations with Israel.
  • Time: Diwan commented on what the potential might be for Saudi Arabia to normalize relations with Israel. Hussein Ibish additionally discussed Saudi Arabia’s considerations for The Media Line, and Diwan offered Kuwait’s stance for Ahram Online.
  • France 24: In an interview, Ibish discussed the Emirati and Bahraini agreements to normalize relations with Israel. He additionally commented on the deal, including its implications for U.S. foreign policy as well as the Palestinians’ response, for Al Jazeera, PRI, Le Monde, Inside Arabia, Asahi Shimbun, and EFE.
  • Nature: Robert Mogielnicki commented on the potential for increased research collaboration between Israel and Gulf Arab countries.
  • The Media Line: Mogielnicki discussed banking agreements as part of economic normalization between Israel and the UAE.
  • The National: Ibish addressed Iran’s suspected role in the September 2019 attacks on Saudi oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais.
  • Inside Arabia: Mogielnicki commented on the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign toward Iran.
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