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October 17, 2022
 Saudi Aramco engineers and journalists look at the Hawiyah Natural Gas Liquids Recovery Plant in Hawiyah, in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia on June 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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Upcoming Event
Petro Diplomacy 2022:
Gulf Countries on the Front Line of Energy Security

Thursday October 20 – Friday October 21 | Online

On October 20 and 21, AGSIW will convene its eighth annual Petro Diplomacy conference. Petro Diplomacy brings 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.
Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via AP, File
Why the U.S.-Saudi Crisis is So Bad and So Unnecessary
  Hussein Ibish

Lack of trust has left Washington and Riyadh misreading each other's intentions to the point of creating a crisis where none should have ever existed.
Kurdistan’s Gas Exports: Reality or Mirage?
  Yerevan Saeed

There are a host of serious internal political conflicts as well as legal, financial, and geopolitical hurdles to increasing Kurdish gas exports, prompting questions regarding whether such aspirations are realistic.
OPEC+ to Cut Production, but Should Heed Energy Market Shifts
  Robin Mills

OPEC’s oil market management could be more nuanced than the blunt instrument of quotas, and should OPEC recast its mission as assisting its members in energy transition and economic diversification, it might attract less opprobrium.
Iran Protests: Reform, Revolution, or Status Quo?
  Sara Bazoobandi and Dastan Jasim

The demands of the protesters for regime change are a clear manifestation of the deep frustration and the loss of hope for reform among the Iranian public and seem to signal that the time is ripe for comprehensive change.
How the US and Saudis Can Get Past Latest OPEC+ Dispute
  Hussein Ibish via Bloomberg

Washington feels betrayed. Riyadh doesn’t understand why. A resetting of the Carter doctrine could restore trust between them.
The Regime’s First Real Scapegoat for Protests in Iran

The October 14 edition of the Iran Media Review examines responses to the regime’s chosen scapegoat.
AGSIW in Arabic
  الشعور السائد بين المسؤولين الأميركيين هو أن قرار مجموعة أوبك بلس، الذي يأتي في سياق حرب ضارية تخسرها روسيا، سوف يساهم عمليًا في تمويل الغزو الروسي لأوكرانيا
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.
In the Media
  • South China Morning Post: Kristin Smith Diwan discussed opportunities for China amid the U.S.-Saudi feud over oil prices.
  • ISPI: Diwan explored U.S.-UAE relations after UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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