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The Dhow
October 7, 2019
Supporters of southern separatists attend a rally to show support for the United Arab Emirates amid a standoff with the internationally recognized government, Aden, Yemen, Sept. 5. (AP Photo/Wail al-Qubaty)
AP Photo/Wail al-Qubaty
Upcoming Events
Yemen at a Crossroads: Are New Conflict Dynamics Reshaping the Country’s Future?
Wednesday October 16 | 12:30 – 2:00 pm

Join AGSIW for a discussion with Elana DeLozier, Abdulghani al-Iryani, and Charles Schmitz on recent developments in Yemen's war and issues central to the future of the country. Amb. Stephen A. Seche will moderate the discussion.
Arabian Sights Film Festival
October 18 – 27

AGSIW is pleased to sponsor the screening of the film "Rashid & Rajab" (United Arab Emirates), Saturday October 26 at 4:15 pm, at the 2019 Arabian Sights Film Festival in Washington, DC.
Ambassador Douglas Silliman and Ahmed Ali Attiga
Petro Diplomacy: Challenges to the Energy Transition in the Gulf Countries
Watch Keynote Address

On October 2, AGSIW convened its fifth annual Petro Diplomacy conference, bringing together private and public sector stakeholders from the United States and the Gulf Arab countries to discuss emerging trends in energy markets and regional politics.
Wind turbines are seen as the sun rises over the harbor of Eemshaven, northern Netherlands, Monday Jan. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
AP Photo/Peter Dejong
Kate Dourian

The energy world is entering an era of disruption, where traditional methods of extracting, using, and trading energy are changing rapidly and where old rules no longer apply. This paper was the scene setter for the 2019 Petro Diplomacy conference.
Kristin Smith Diwan

Saudi Vision 2030 champions national pride and a new economy of tourism and technology. But a direct hit on the kingdom’s central oil processing plant at Abqaiq ruthlessly reveals: As yet, the kingdom’s future still depends on allies, and oil.
Robert Mogielnicki

While facing bureaucratic and legal hurdles, INOC’s fate rests upon competing visions for the future of Iraq’s oil and gas sector.
Hussein Ibish via Bloomberg

French President Emmanuel Macron has developed a four-point framework that looks like a plausible basis for a resumption of U.S.-Iranian dialogue.
In the Media
  • PBS Frontline: Kristin Smith Diwan discussed the impacts of social and cultural reforms in Saudi Arabia.
  • AFP: Diwan commented on the arrests of activists and government critics in Saudi Arabia.
  • Al-Monitor: Hussein Ibish commented on the potential of troop shortages in a possible "Arab NATO" alliance.
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