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October 12, 2021
 Yasir al-Rumayyan, head of the Public Investment Fund, speaks during the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 27. (REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri)
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Upcoming Events
A New Era for Gulf Sovereign Wealth Funds?
Thursday October 14 | 10:00 - 11:30 am EDT

On October 14, AGSIW, in partnership with ABANA, will host a discussion with Zubaid Ahmad, Omar Syed, and Rachel Ziemba examining the role of Gulf sovereign wealth funds in the world economy. Robert Mogielnicki will moderate the discussion.
Petro Diplomacy 2021: Gulf Countries in a Net-Zero World
Tuesday October 19 – Thursday October 21

AGSIW's seventh consecutive Petro Diplomacy conference brings together stakeholders in the Gulf energy sector, global supply competitors in North America, analysts, and policymakers to discuss how changes in technology, fiscal priorities, and opportunities for growth continue to alter the relationship between politics and energy for both the region and the world.
A man casts his vote during parliamentary elections in Mosul, Iraq, Oct. 10. (AP Photo)
AP Photo
Low Turnout, But Glimmer of Hope in Iraq's Elections

Geneive Abdo spoke with Akeel Abbas, an expert on Iraqi politics and sectarian identities, to discuss the results of Iraq's October 10 parliamentary elections.
 Yemeni fighters backed by the Saudi-led coalition stand at a distance from the front line after clashes with Houthi rebels near Marib, Yemen, June 20. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty
Seven Yemens: How Yemen Fractured and Collapsed, and What Comes Next
  Gregory D. Johnsen

Yemen’s fragmentation will have severe repercussions for U.S. foreign policy, regional stability, and, ultimately, international security.
Economic Crisis, Political Divisions Spark Protests in Yemen’s South
  Abdulaziz Kilani

As divisions among competing parties and the conflict persist, the economy is spiraling, leaving the majority of Yemenis without access to public services and without the means to meet their basic needs.
Qatar’s Shura Council Elections: Incrementally Strengthening Local Politics
  David B. Roberts |
اقرأ بالعربية

The new Shura Council is neither a democratic wand changing Qatar’s political culture nor a pointless exercise. Instead, it is a small evolutionary step in the state’s governance in a more democratic direction.
IN NARRATIVE: Exploring Urban Gulf Spaces Through Fiction
  Nada Ammagui for Millennial Gulf

A Kuwaiti-Bahraini duo engages Gulf architects, designers, and the public in bringing the built environment to life through storytelling.
Afghanistan Events Cause Jitters Amid Mounting Socio-Economic and Political Tensions
  Robert Mogielnicki via Henley & Partners

Despite cautiously optimistic growth forecasts for many Middle East and North African countries, sporadic governmental efforts to reinstate pre-pandemic levels of economic activity have progressed slowly.
Drop In Desire to Emigrate is a Vote of Confidence for the Region
  Hussein Ibish via ASDA'A BCW Arab Youth Survey 2021

The stereotype, particularly in the West, is of a region beset by turmoil and economic malaise, with Arab youth clamouring to leave their countries. But the ASDA'A BCW Arab Youth Survey 2021 points in a very different direction.
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In the Media
  • France 24: In an interview, Geneive Abdo discussed Iraq's October 10 parliamentary elections. Abdo additionally discussed the elections for Al Hurra.
  • AFP: Hussein Ibish commented on potential warming relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
  • The World: Robert Mogielnicki discussed Expo 2020 Dubai.
  • The National: Ibish commented on Arab youth perceptions of troubling trends in gender rights in the region.
  • Epic: Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman commented on Iraq's Tishreen movement.
  • Asharq Alawsat: In an interview, Ibish addressed U.S. policy toward Yemen and attitudes toward the Saudi role in the conflict.
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