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October 5, 2020
Kuwait's Emir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah prepares for a donor's summit at Bayan Palace in Kuwait City, Kuwait, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
AP Photo/Jon Gambrell
Remembering Kuwait's Emir and Looking to
the Future
Kuwait After Emir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah
Wednesday October 7 | 10:00 - 11:30 am EDT

On October 7, AGSIW will host a virtual panel discussion with Ambassador Edward W. Gnehm, Jr., Ambassador Deborah K. Jones, Bader Al-Saif, and Alanoud Al-Sharekh on the future of Kuwait's leadership. Kristin Smith Diwan will moderate the discussion and Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman will provide opening remarks.
Kuwait’s Patient Statesman
 Kristin Smith Diwan
اقرأ بالعربية

The death of Kuwait’s emir, Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, marks the passage of a seasoned diplomat, cunning politician, and valued humanitarian. Will his successor preserve Kuwait’s democratic political culture and independent foreign policy?
Kuwaiti Foreign Policy Under Sabah al-Ahmed
 Wafa Alsayed

With the current makeup of Kuwait’s political system, popular influence will continue to play a role in charting Kuwait’s foreign policy.
Video: Remembering Emir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah

AGSIW offers reflections on Sabah al-Ahmed by former U.S. ambassadors to Kuwait, Deborah K. Jones, Douglas A. Silliman, Lawrence R. Silverman, and Edward W. Gnehm, Jr., as well as former U.S. Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations Thomas R. Pickering.
 Iranian troops participate in a military drill near the Strait of Hormuz, Iran, Sept. 10. (Mehdi Marizad/Fars News Agency via AP)
Mehdi Marizad/Fars News Agency via AP
Upcoming Event
After the Embargo: Iran's Weapons Agenda and Its Regional Impact
Thursday October 15 | 10:00 - 11:30 am EDT

On October 15, AGSIW will host a virtual panel discussion with Ali Alfoneh, David B. Des Roches, and Kirsten Fontenrose on the implications of Iran's weapons agenda. Hussein Ibish will moderate the discussion.
 A man walks by women visiting the Diriyah Oasis amusement park in Diriyah on the outskirts of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
AP Photo/Amr Nabil
One Year On, Saudi Public Decency Law Still Meeting Resistance
 Eman Alhussein
اقرأ بالعربية

The social dimension of change in the kingdom will continue to navigate a bumpy road, especially as it generates tensions and debate over the issue of decency.
Multilateral Platforms Built Framework for Ties with Israel
 Moran Zaga

Israel’s ties intensified in recent years with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and created an infrastructure conducive to the normalization of relations.
How ‘Free Zones’ Became the Middle Eastern Diplomacy Tool of Choice
 Robert Mogielnicki via Foreign Policy

The special economic zones are meant to quietly bring countries together before more public realignments. But do they?
When Militias Fire at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Their Real Target is Iraqi Society
 Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman via The National

Iran's proxies routinely endanger the lives of foreign diplomats, but the greatest cost is to ordinary Iraqis.
Past Events
Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean: Where Do the Gulf States Fit In?

On September 29, AGSIW hosted a virtual panel discussion with Ali Bakeer, Cinzia Bianco, Michael Tanchum, and Hussein Ibish on Gulf interests and involvement in the eastern Mediterranean basin.
The Gulf’s Economic Policy Response to the Crises of 2020

On September 30, AGSIW hosted a virtual roundtable with Ayham Kamel and Robert Mogielnicki on the Gulf’s economic policy response to the crises of 2020.
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