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October 19, 2020
 U.S. Coast Guard helicopters approach the top of a wind turbine nacelle during a training exercise 27 miles off the coast of Virginia, Oct. 14. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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Upcoming Events
A Conversation with Angela Wilkinson, Secretary General and CEO, World Energy Council
Tuessday October 20 | 8:00 - 9:00 am EDT

As part of the sixth annual Petro Diplomacy conference, Angela Wilkinson will discuss the ongoing energy transition and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on energy producers.
The Geopolitics of Oil and Gas and U.S.-Gulf Arab Relations
Thursday October 22 | 10:00 - 11:30 am EDT

As part of the sixth annual Petro Diplomacy conference, AGSIW will host a virtual panel discussion with Bassam Fattouh, Joseph P. McMonigle, Robin Mills, Ed Morse, and Carole Nakhle on the geopolitics of oil. Sean Evers will moderate the discussion.
An Emirates jetliner comes in for landing at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
AP Photo/Jon Gambrell
Strategic Shifts Needed for Sustainable Recovery in Gulf Aviation and Tourism
 Mari Luomi

The coronavirus pandemic has tested few industries as much as aviation and tourism, but Gulf governments have an opportunity to emerge as frontrunners in creating truly sustainable growth and jobs.
Qatar, the Taliban, and the Gulf Schism
 David B. Roberts

Qatar’s mediation efforts and activist foreign policy set up a Manichean split between opposing world views.
The Legacy of Emir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah: Statesman, Mediator, and Father of Modern Kuwait

AGSIW offers reflections on Sabah al-Ahmed's legacy 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.
Past Events
Roundtable with Elliott Abrams, Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela, U.S. Department of State

Elliott Abrams discussed his role and priorities as he endeavors to build international support for the Trump administration’s "maximum pressure" campaign. Ambassador Stephen A. Seche, AGSIW executive vice president, moderated the discussion.
After the Embargo: Iran's Weapons Agenda and Its Regional Impact

On October 15, AGSIW hosted a virtual panel discussion with Ali Alfoneh, David B. Des Roches, and Kirsten Fontenrose on the implications of Iran's weapons agenda. Hussein Ibish moderated the discussion.
In the Media
  • Middle East Studies Association: AGSIW was pleased to be a sponsor of and exhibitor at the virtual 2020 Middle East Studies Association annual meeting. Additionally, Kristin Smith Diwan chaired the panel "Engineering Culture: Understanding the State-led Transformation in Saudi Arabia" and presented a paper on the role of entertainment and heritage in the new Saudi nationalism. Robert Mogielnicki presented a paper on the technological dimensions of China’s economic engagement with Gulf Arab states for the panel “Asia and Silk Road Politics.” Emma Soubrier was a discussant on the panel "Gulf State-Society Relations and New Dynamics of the Rentier Debate."
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