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December 7, 2020
Two men play backgammon while smoking a shisha water pipe at a restaurant overlooking the canal and the Dubai Marina neighborhood in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili
Upcoming Events
Report Launch: Economic Prospects and Policy Challenges for the Gulf Arab Countries
Thursday December 10 | 9:00 – 10:30 am EST

AGSIW is pleased to partner with the International Monetary Fund on the launch of its Gulf Cooperation Council report, with Daniel Kanda, Monica Malik, and John Sfakianakis. Robert Mogielnicki will moderate the discussion.
UAE Security Forum 2020: Resilient Economies, Resilient Societies
Save the Date: December 15-17

This year’s forum will assess responses to the continuing social and economic disruptions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and seek to identify measures needed to help build long-term resilience to a broad range of future shocks and stresses.
Saudi Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman speaks via video link during a virtual emergency meeting of OPEC and non-OPEC countries in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia April 9, 2020. (Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS)
Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS
OPEC+ Plays It Safe With Small Output Adjustment
 Kate Dourian

The OPEC+ alliance managed to stamp out dissent within its ranks and come to a compromise deal that will keep the market guessing in the months ahead.
Upcoming Election Offers Little Hope to a Dispirited Iranian Electorate
 Sara Bazoobandi |
اقرأ بالعربية

The economic mismanagement and resistance to change over the past four decades by a succession of regimes has demoralized supporters of conservatives, reformists, and pragmatists alike.
Time Is Ripe For a Saudi-Qatar Reconciliation
 Hussein Ibish via Bloomberg

On a recent trip to the region, U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s son-in-law and Middle East envoy, Jared Kushner, is reported to have engineered a preliminary agreement between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. 
Enabling the New Frontiers of Gulf-Asia Economic Ties
 Robert Mogielnicki via Emirates Diplomatic Academy

Asian economies will play a crucial role in the ability of Gulf states to recover from the acute economic shocks of 2020 and also function as key nodes for the Gulf’s global growth aspirations over the coming years.
AGSIW in Arabic
  أسست دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة تقليداً بدأ منذ نشأتها واستمر إلى وقتنا الحاضر، يروج لمبادئ التسامح والوحدة والتوافق؛
  أكد بايدن تصميمه على محاولة احياء الاتفاق النووي مع إيران كمقدمة لتوسيعه، ولضبط البرنامج الصاروخي الذي تواصل إيران تطويره
  أدى سوء الإدارة الاقتصادية ومقاومة التغيير من قبل الأنظمة المتعاقبة على مدى العقود الأربعة الماضية إلى إحباط مؤيدي المحافظين والإصلاحيين والبراجماتيين على حد سواء
  لعبت المرأة الكويتية في السنوات الأخيرة دوراً هاماً على الساحة السياسية، لكنها لم تصل بعد إلى تمثيل متساوٍ مع الرجل في مجلس الأمة. وتهدف قائمة مضاوي إلى دعم المرأة لتحقيق مستقبل واعد في السياسة
In the Media
  • Al Arabiya: In an interview, Hussein Ibish discussed the impact of U.S. and Gulf policies on Iran’s regional conduct.
  • L’Orient Le Jour: Ibish commented on the implications for Saudi Arabia of ending its boycott of Qatar.
  • Times of Israel: Ali Alfoneh and Ibish discussed the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and its implications for a potential dialogue between Iran and the incoming U.S. administration.
  • Ahval: Ibish considered President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s Middle East policy amid tensions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
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