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The Dhow
October 10, 2023
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Israel-Hamas Conflict
Has Hamas Ended Biden's Bid for a Saudi-Israel Deal?
Hussein Ibish via The National

The short answer is no, but many a star will need to align before negotiations can resume.
Do Hamas’ Brutal Tactics Do Anything to Help Palestinians?
Hussein Ibish via The Daily Beast

The Gaza-based group’s shockingly vicious assault on Israel is just the first chapter of what’s going to be a horrible back-and-forth of bloodshed.
REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri
Saudi Defense Sector Makes Strides in Air Power
Leonardo Jacopo Maria Mazzucco

Aerial threats and economic diversification plans have compelled Riyadh to expand domestic defense production and diversify its procurement sources.
Increased Spending Raises Risks to the Saudi Budget
Tim Callen

The Saudi government is ramping up spending as it seeks to support economic development and diversification, pushing the fiscal balance into deficit despite high oil prices.
Budding Kurdish-UAE Relations
Yerevan Saeed

The relationship between the Kurdistan region of Iraq and the United Arab Emirates is shaped by political, economic, and security factors, but intra-Kurdish divisions threaten to undermine this strategic partnership.
Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS
Upcoming Events
Book Talk – Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates: Foreign Policy and Strategic Alliances in an Uncertain World
Tuesday October 17 | 10:00 - 11:00 am EDT | Online

On October 17, AGSIW will host a discussion with Robert Mason, moderated by Kristin Smith Diwan, on the foreign policies of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Postponed – With the Land: Environment and Nature in Contemporary Gulf Art   
New Date TBD | Online

AGSIW and Hunna Art will co-host a discussion with Talin Hazbar, Alia Zaal, and Razan AlSarraf, introduced by Océane Sailly and moderated by Kristin Smith Diwan, exploring environment and art.
Iran’s State-Censored Media on the Hamas-Israel War

The October 10 edition of the Iran Media Review highlights Iranian reactions to Hamas’ attack on Israel.
U.S.-Iranian Relations: From Wishful Thinking to Cautious Optimism

The October 6 edition of the Iran Media Review examines optimistic commentary on the prospects for U.S.-Iranian diplomacy.
Did Iran’s Khamenei Greenlight Direct Negotiations With the United States?

The October 3 edition of the Iran Media Review examines reactions to reports that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei granted Iranian officials permission to enter direct negotiations with the United States.

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Past Events
Economic Empowerment of Women in Saudi Arabia – Assessing Progress and Identifying Constraints
On October 5, AGSIW hosted a discussion with Eman Alhussein and Jennifer Peck, moderated by Tim Callen, on Saudi women's economic engagement.
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