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November 22, 2021
 Members attend a session of the advisory Shura Council in Doha, Qatar, October 26. (REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari)
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Upcoming Event
Book Launch – Tribalism and Political Power in the Gulf: State-Building and National Identity in Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE
Wednesday December 1 | 10:00 - 11:00 am EST

On December 1, AGSIW will host a discussion with Courtney Freer and Alanoud Al-Sharekh examining the roles that tribes play in popular participation in government and policymaking in the Gulf. Kristin Smith Diwan will moderate the discussion.
Lebanese men hold Saudi, Emirati, and Egyptian flags during a protest in support of Saudi Arabia against comments made by a Lebanese minister over the war in Yemen, in front of the Saudi Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, Oct. 30. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
AP Photo/Bilal Hussein
Why the Gulf States Turned on Lebanon
  Hussein Ibish
اقرأ بالعربية

Saudi Arabia and its allies are pressuring Lebanon to gain leverage in Syria and Yemen.
Dancing on the Precipice: Kurdish General in Syria Weighs Turkish Threats, Gulf Outreach to Assad
  Ambassador William Roebuck

General Mazloum Abdi expressed hope that the United States will use its presence in the ongoing fight against ISIL as leverage to push for a political solution for Syria.
The Optics of Women in the Workforce
  Loujain Alhathloul

There is a recent culture of promoting women’s workforce participation in the Middle East and North Africa, but looking solely at the data misses some of the broader discussion on women’s empowerment.
AGSIW in Arabic
  تمارس السعودية وحلفاؤها الضغط على لبنان لكسب النفوذ في سوريا واليمن
  نظرًا لأن دول الخليج العربية أكدت دورها الفاعل في تشكيل الأمن الإقليمي، فإن خبرتها العسكرية، وجهودها في تنويع الموردين، وتطورات الصناعات المحلية - إلى جانب سطوتها المالية التقليدية - أكسبتها نفوذًا أكبر على شركائها الأمنيين الأوروبيين
Past Event
Roundtable With Bernard Haykel

On November 16, AGSIW hosted a conversation with Bernard Haykel, AGSIW board member, professor of Near Eastern studies, and director of the Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia at Princeton University, on the state of U.S.-Saudi relations and the latest social, political, and economic developments underway in Saudi Arabia. Kristin Smith Diwan moderated the discussion.
In the Media
  • National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations: Geneive Abdo spoke on the panel "U.S.-Arab Relations: What Now?" at the 30th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference.
  • University of St. Andrews: Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman delivered a lecture on civil-military cooperation in Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
  • Embassy of Egypt: Silliman spoke to a class of diplomats from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry's Diplomatic Training Institute about U.S. policy in the Middle East.
  • Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations: Hussein Ibish participated in a roundtable discussion on regional security in the Gulf.
  • B’nai David-Judea, Los Angeles: Ibish gave a talk on Middle East historical parallel narratives.
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