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October 26, 2020
 Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during a meeting with the Palestinian leadership to discuss the United Arab Emirates' deal with Israel to normalize relations, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Aug. 18. (Mohamad Torokman via AP)
Mohamad Torokman via AP
Upcoming Event
Gulf-Palestinian Relations After the Abraham Accords
Thursday November 5 | 10:00 - 11:30 am EDT

On November 5, AGSIW will host a virtual panel discussion with Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, Shibley Telhami, and Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba on the future of Gulf-Palestinian relations. Hussein Ibish will moderate the discussion.
 Members of an international committee at a meeting on Libya, arranged by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Munich, Germany, Feb. 16. (Michael Dalder/Pool Photo via AP)
Michael Dalder/Pool Photo via AP
Regional and Global Power Competition Deepens Fault Lines Across the Southern Mediterranean
 Anna L. Jacobs

North Africa has become a site of great power competition among the United States, Russia, and China; the location of one of the region’s most protracted violent conflicts; and the scene for regional and Gulf Arab rivalries.
Coincidence of Coronavirus, Climate Crises Accelerates Major Shifts in Oil and Gas Industries
 Kate Dourian

Regardless of what shape the post-pandemic recovery takes, the crisis may have a far-reaching impact on future demand for fossil fuels.
Oman’s Economic Reforms Struggle To Keep Pace With Mounting Challenges
 Robert Mogielnicki

The unpredicted fallout from the coronavirus pandemic shortly after the new sultan ascended the throne not only raises the stakes associated with reform implementation but also will test the population’s ability to shoulder new economic burdens.
Deepening Poverty Threatens the Social Contract in Iran
 Sara Bazoobandi

“Public welfare” and “social justice” have been key slogans of the Islamic Republic’s political narrative. However, sanctions, corruption, and inadequate government policies have accelerated the rate of poverty in Iran.
Iran’s Post-Sanctions Weapon Purchases: Ambition Collides With Reality
 DB Des Roches

Iran will do as it always has – seek to quietly develop asymmetric capabilities, ideally built domestically, and only purchase the few items that it cannot make hoping to counter key U.S. military capabilities.
After the Embargo: Iran’s Weapons Agenda
 Ali Alfoneh |
اقرأ بالعربية

The lifting of the arms embargo is not likely to result in an Iranian buying spree. But, the Islamic Republic’s arms exports in the post-embargo era may prove as significant as its potential procurements.
Arab States Should Avoid an Arms Race With Iran
 Hussein Ibish via Bloomberg

Arab states have an insurmountable lead in military hardware but should worry about Tehran’s acquisition of technology.
Shutting the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad Would Be Counterproductive
 Hussein Ibish via Bloomberg

A smaller presence would better fit current U.S. foreign policy ambitions.
 An idle oil pumping unit is silhouetted against the setting sun in a field south of Oakley, Kansas, May 20. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
AP Photo/Charlie Riedel
Past Event
Petro Diplomacy 2020

For the sixth consecutive year, AGSIW convened its Petro Diplomacy conference, this year virtually, 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.
AGSIW in Arabic
  استطلاعات الرأي التي تبين أن بايدن متقدم على ترامب على المستوى الوطني ومستوى الولايات أغضبت ترامب، ودفعته لمطالبة وزير عدله وليام بار بمحاكمة بايدن وباراك أوباما بتهم ملفقة
  من غير المرجح أن يؤدي رفع حظر الأسلحة إلى دفع إيران إلى مزيد من الأسلحة. لكن ربما يَثبُت أن أهمية صادرات الجمهورية الإسلامية من الأسلحة في حقبة ما بعد الحظر تعادل أهمية مشترياتها المحتملة
In the Media
  • AFP: Robert Mogielnicki commented on the implications of a Saudi boycott on Turkish products for Saudi-Turkish bilateral trade. Mogielnicki additionally commented on the boycott for Kitabat.
  • The Media Line: Hussein Ibish commented on Saudi-Turkish tensions.
  • Jeune Afrique: Emma Soubrier discussed Abu Dhabi’s interest in acquiring U.S. fighter jets.
  • Al Khaleej Online: Mogielnicki discussed the normalization of scientific and technological ties between the United Arab Emirates and Israel.
  • The Media Line: Soubrier commented on the domestic impact of UAE ministers receiving a Chinese-manufactured coronavirus vaccine.
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