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December 21, 2020
Happy Holidays from all of us at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington!
 Worshippers walk past pigeons after the noon prayers outside the Grand Mosque, Mecca, Saudi Arabia, March 7. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
AP Photo/Amr Nabil
Saudi Arabia Champions “Moderate Islam,” Underpinning Reform Efforts
 Eman Alhussein

Moderate Islam can be seen as a comprehensive strategy to tackle the kingdom’s regional and domestic concerns while at the same time reshaping the religious and social scene in line with the leadership’s new sociopolitical objectives.
101: Stimulating the UAE’s Grassroots Art Scene
 Joud Al Marar |
اقرأ بالعربية

During the coronavirus lockdown, young Emiratis set up a platform to support emerging local artists and engage with a wider audience to inspire curiosity and raise awareness about the local art scene.
Desalination in Saudi Arabia: Assessing Critical Infrastructure Vulnerabilities
 Robert Mogielnicki via European University Institute

This chapter, part of the e-book “Revisiting Natural Resources in the Middle East and North Africa,” analyses the region’s desalination system and the potential disruptions that threaten it.
The Last Ten Years Have Revealed A Deep Crisis of Contemporary Arab Political Culture
 Hussein Ibish via Reaction

The Arab Spring uprisings exposed chronic shortcomings in Arab republics that remain almost entirely unresolved and reflected a desperate crisis in contemporary Arab political culture, especially at the level of national consciousness.
AGSIW in Arabic
  عمق الخلافات وتنوعها وخطورتها تعني أن اعادة تطبيع العلاقات بين واشنطن وأنقرة، لن تكون قريبة، وربما لن تكون ممكنة
  خلال الحجر الذي تسبب فيه فيروس كورونا، أنشأ شباب إماراتيين منصة لدعم الفنانين المحليين الناشئين، والتفاعل مع جمهور أوسع لإثارة الفضول وزيادة الوعي بالفن المحلي
  يشعر النقاد بالقلق من أن تهديد إدارة ترامب بتصنيف الحوثيين كإرهابيين سيقوض أيضاً الجهود الإنسانية، في حين من المتوقع أن يعود الرئيس المنتخب بايدن إلى دبلوماسية أكثر قوة
  بينما تشتد المنافسة الإقليمية في جميع أنحاء الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا، من المرجح أن تصبح تونس شرخاً استراتيجياً آخر
Oman's newly sworn-in Sultan Haitham bin Tariq al-Said receives condolences during the funeral of the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said in Muscat, Oman January 11, 2020. (REUTERS/Sultan Al Hasani)
REUTERS/Sultan Al Hasani
Upcoming Event
Oman One Year On
Tuesday January 12 | 10:00 - 11:30 am EST

On January 12, AGSIW will host a panel with Fatma al-Arimi, Turki bin Ali al-Balushi, and Ambassador Marc J. Sievers analyzing the challenges facing, and the strategic responses of, Oman's new sultan. Kristin Smith Diwan will moderate the discussion.
Past Event
UAE Security Forum 2020: Resilient Economies, Resilient Societies

UAESF 2020 assessed responses to the continuing social and economic disruptions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and sought to identify measures needed to help build long-term resilience to a broad range of future shocks and stresses. Watch videos of each session on and keep an eye out for the forthcoming event report in 2021.
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