The Dhow: A Weekly Newsletter from AGSIW 

The Bridge blog
Looking to boost oil prices, OPEC and its non-OPEC allies have agreed to curtail oil production by 1.2 million barrels per day, but the volume of barrels taken off the market may prove to be much higher.
Qatar’s recent Cabinet reshuffle and announcement it will withdraw from OPEC are decisions that are not likely to herald a strategic shift in the country’s direction, but they do demonstrate that Doha is, once again, pursuing its own regional interests.
Iran’s increasingly tight job market, as a result of poor political and economic policies, as well as global sanctions, may intensify sociopolitical dissatisfaction and spark further unrest.
Millennial Gulf
AGSIW spoke with Kuwaiti poet and novelist Abdullah Al-Busais about the growing interest in literature among Gulf youth, publishing and censorship issues, and the recent book fair in Kuwait.

By F. Gregory Gause, III via Center for Strategic and International Studies

Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman has been ambitious in his efforts to enact economic reforms in Saudi Arabia. However, these efforts have been accompanied by a series of seemingly poorly-planned foreign policy decisions.
Past Event

As the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was taking place in Poland, AGSIW hosted a discussion examining efforts by the Gulf Arab countries to tackle climate change, both in terms of mitigation and adaptation.
In the Media
Timothy LenderkingCNBC cited comments on U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen by Timothy A. Lenderking, deputy assistant secretary for Arabian Gulf Affairs in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, at the UAE Security Forum 2018 in Abu Dhabi. Also speaking with CNBC, Senior Resident Scholar Hussein Ibish commented on U.S.-Saudi relations as a partisan issue in the U.S. Congress. He additionally discussed increased pressure from the Trump administration toward Iran with AFP and the Carnegie Middle East Center.

Visiting Scholar Aisha Al-Sarihi discussed climate change in the Middle East with the Middle East Institute. She also commented on Omani initiatives to protect the country's environment with The New Arab.
Senior Resident Scholar (Political Economy)

Position Title: Senior Resident Scholar (Political Economy)
Location: Washington, DC

Job Summary: One of three senior resident scholars, this position at AGSIW oversees the political economic portfolio at the institute. (S)he is responsible for producing regular high-quality, written analyses of key economic, trade, and financial developments in the Gulf region, and their broader geopolitical implications.
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Visiting Scholar

Position Title: Visiting Scholar
Period: Spring 2019

Location: Washington, DC

Job Summary: Visiting scholars are individuals who possess a PhD or equivalent professional experience. The length of stay for a visiting scholar is typically a semester or academic year. AGSIW is actively seeking candidates with significant regional experience and fluency in written and spoken Arabic. AGSIW will provide a stipend that can be used to cover living expenses, travel costs, or incidental research expenses.
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