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October 3, 2022
From left: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi; Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa bin al-Khalifa; U.S. President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.; Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman; Jordanian King Abdullah II; Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani; and Kuwaiti Crown Prince Meshal al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah pose for a photo during the Jeddah Security and Development Summit in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia July 16. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via REUTERS)
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Upcoming Event
The Middle East’s Coming Centrality: A Conversation With Jon Alterman
Tuesday October 4 | 10:00 - 11:00 am EDT | Online

On October 4, AGSIW will host a conversation with Jon Alterman, author of the recent essay "The Middle East's Coming Centrality." Hussein Ibish will moderate the conversation.
Making Sense of Kuwait's Parliamentary Election Results: Change or Continued Gridlock?
Thursday October 6 | 10:00 - 11:00 am EDT | Online

On October 6, AGSIW will host a discussion with Bader Al-Saif and Shamael Al-Sharikh examining the results of Kuwait's recent parliamentary elections. Kristin Smith Diwan will moderate the conversation.
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Neither Bread nor Freedom in Iran
  Ali Alfoneh | اقرأ بالعربية

Protests are likely to continue flaring up in Iran as a function of the regime’s attempt at modernizing the country while denying personal and political freedoms to the children of modernization.
Kuwait’s Parliamentary Elections and Individualism
  Hamad H. Albloshi | اقرأ بالعربية

Kuwait’s elections bring hopes for a new beginning for the executive and legislative branches of government. But that depends on their outcome and the relationship forged with new government leadership.
Iranian Efforts to Tout Arbaeen Pilgrimage – and Compete With Saudi Religious Soft Power – Boomerang
  Kourosh Ziabari

Poor organization and outsized financial support for pilgrimage blows back, inviting stinging criticisms of Raisi regime’s administrative competence and priorities.
Regime Response to Protests: Threats, Externalization, and Safety Valves

The September 27 edition of the Iran Media Review considers the range of responses to growing protests in Iran.
The Informal Collective Leadership of the IRGC

The September 30 edition of the Iran Media Review considers the IRGC’s response to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s remarks at the United Nations General Assembly.
AGSIW in Arabic
  لا أحد يعلم في هذا الوقت المبكر إلى أين ستصل الاحتجاجات في إيران، وما إذا كانت ستؤدي إلى خلق شروخ سياسية أو أمنية في نظام أثبت قدرته واستعداده لاستخدام العنف المنظم لقمع التظاهرات
  من المحتمل أن يستمر اندلاع الاحتجاجات في إيران نتيجة لمحاولة النظام تحديث البلاد في الوقت الذي يتم فيه حرمان أبناء الحداثة من الحريات الشخصية والسياسية
  تحمل الانتخابات الكويتية المقبلة معها الآمال ببداية جديدة للسلطتين التنفيذية والتشريعية في الحكومة، لكن ذلك يتوقف على نتيجة الانتخابات والعلاقة التي سيتم بنائها مع رئاسة الحكومة الجديدة
Past Event
Contemporary Female Voices in the UAE Art Sphere

On September 27, AGSIW and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, DC co-hosted a panel discussion featuring the curator and artists participating in the exhibition: “While the Coffee Grounds Settle: Stories from Women in the UAE.” Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba moderated the conversation.
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