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Bahrain Foundation for Dialogue The Bahrain Foundation for Dialogue: Promoting Social Reconciliation

By Mai Alfarhan

The Bahraini uprising, and its aftermath, has left profound rifts six years on, in political views, sectarian relations, and even geography. To address these negative social ramifications and bring in the voices of people often lost amid conflict and crises, Suhail Algosaibi established the Bahrain Foundation for Dialogue. BFD aims to create civil dialogue and social reconciliation between Bahrainis of different sects, ideologies, and backgrounds. Suhail, the foundation’s chairman, is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, startup investor, consultant, and author. AGSIW spoke with Suhail to discuss the foundation’s inception and offerings, as well as the sectarian challenges within Bahraini society, especially among youth.
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AGSIW in Arabic

تبين مختلف المؤشرات والتطورات الأخيرة بما فيها محادثات الرئيس ترامب مع أمير الكويت الشيخ صباح الأحمد الصباح، أن الظروف الموضوعية غير ناضجة لتجديد الوساطة الكويتية، أو للبدء بمبادرة وساطة أمريكية جديدة، لحل الأزمة المتفاقمة بين قطر من جهة، والرباعية المؤلفة من السعودية ودولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة ومصر والبحرين من جهة أخرى التي بدأت منذ أكثر من ثلاثة أشهر، على الرغم من تأكيد الرئيس ترامب استعداده لبذل جهود شخصية "في البيت الأبيض" للتوصل إلى حل "وبسرعة كبيرة" للأزمة
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Mohammed bin Salman The New Rules of Monarchy in the Gulf

By Kristin Smith Diwan

This summer has seen significant developments in the Arabian Peninsula, from the embargo placed on Qatar by four Arab countries, to the change in succession in Saudi Arabia. These actions represent an extraordinary break with tradition. The ongoing crisis over Qatar is the most serious rupture in the history of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). And 31-year-old Muhammed bin Salman’s (MBS) rapid ascendance as heir to the throne represents an unprecedented consolidation of power, unseen since the founding of the Kingdom.
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View of Dubai Effective Investment in Gulf Think Tanks

By Omar Al-Ubaydli

The concept of think tanks flourished in the west during the twentieth century after the establishment of the world’s first think tank in the United Kingdom during the early nineteenth century (RUSI). Today, the USA houses more than 1,000 think tanks, commanding collective budgets in the billions of dollars, much of it public money. What are the best ways to invest these funds? This has become an important question today in the Gulf countries, as they have begun to follow the western template for think tanks.
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In the Media
Marcelle M. Wahba Speaking with The National, AGSIW President Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba discussed the visit of Kuwaiti Emir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah to Washington, noting that he is the first head of state from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries to visit Washington since the inauguration of U.S. President Donald J. Trump: "He is well-known and highly respected by senior US government officials and on Capitol Hill." Wahba continued, "The bilateral relationship is very important for both Kuwait and the US … that includes close partnering on security, military and counter-terrorism initiatives."

Wahba additionally appeared on Al Arabiya discussing Trump's press conference with the emir. Noting the dispute with Qatar, Wahba said, “President Trump appreciates the role the emir of Kuwait is playing to resolve the crisis and the president also is in direct communication with all the key leaders in the region. He is hoping to see a solution emerge from contacts between the countries involved but confirmed that at the right time he is willing to play the role of mediator by hosting a meeting in Washington."

Stephen A. SecheAGSIW Executive Vice President Stephen A. Seche appeared on CGTN's "The Heat" to discuss the ongoing Yemen crisis: "I do think that it needs to be made very clear to the parties in the conflict right now that there is no end for them other than a deeply destabilized region, which is in no one's interest, and certainly to the detriment of Saudi Arabia and Iran and all the other countries in the region in the long run, if Yemen cannot get back on its own feet and stabilized." 

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