The Dhow: A Weekly Newsletter from AGSIW 


Egypt and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries have a complex, but indispensable, diplomatic, military, and political partnership in the contemporary world. Egypt represents the epicenter of the Arab population – as by far the most human resource-rich Arab country – and is a traditional cultural powerhouse in the Arab world at both the intellectual and popular levels. It is also, arguably, the sole contemporary Arab country that is an ancient and relatively homogeneous nation-state with borders that have been recognized for many centuries. 
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The current challenge for the oil and gas exporting states of the Gulf Cooperation Council rests in diversification of their economies, and perhaps more importantly, in the activation of a more productive and efficient workforce. That workforce is increasingly divided among nationals dominating the public sector and non-nationals populating the private sector. Women are underrepresented in the labor force, in the public and private sectors, across the GCC. Where there is greater integration of both national and non-national women in the labor force, there is also generally more opportunity for women’s political participation. 
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The Bridge blog

Washington’s relations with its Gulf Arab partners have been strained in recent years, particularly because of U.S. outreach to Iran and concerns that the United States may be seeking a broader rapprochement with Tehran, largely at Gulf Arab expense. In recent months, however, evidence has been mounting that these concerns, particularly regarding the impact of the nuclear agreement with Iran, may have been premature. Harsh rhetoric about Iran in general, and the nuclear deal in particular, by President-elect Donald Trump and some of his leading advisors has raised questions about the viability of the agreement. 
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AGSIW in Arabic

الأمريكيون الذين اعتقدوا أو أكدوا أن الرئيس المنتخب دونالد ترامب سوف يغير من سلوكه وتصرفاته بعد انتخابه، وأنه سيعتمد حلولا قانونية لمعالجة مسألة "تضارب المصالح" بين ترامب رجل الأعمال الذي يملك عقارات وأسهم وشركات في أمريكا والعالم، وترامب الرئيس الأمريكي، يجب أن يدركوا بعد شهر من انتخابه، أن ترامب المرشح، هو نفسه ترامب الرئيس
اطلع على المزيد

Amid the crazy quilt of billionaires, Republican insiders and retired generals who are populating president-elect Donald J Trump’s emerging cabinet, the Gulf states and other US Middle East allies are among the few outside of his core supporters with something real to cheer about already: his choice for secretary of defence, retired Gen James Mattis. 
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The first British Prime Minister to ever address a Gulf Cooperation Council summit, Theresa May, pledged on Wednesday in the Bahraini capital, Manama, to enhance security and defense cooperation with the alliance. “Gulf security is our security. I want to assure you that I am clear-eyed about the threat that Iran poses to the Gulf and to the wider Middle East,” she said while underscoring that Britain and the GCC must “work together to push back against Iran’s aggressive regional actions, whether in Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, Syria or in the Gulf itself.”
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In the Media
Speaking with The Medical Independent, AGSIW Visiting Scholar Hala Aldosari discussed the restrictions and challenges that Saudi women doctors face, noting that travel restrictions are imposed on all women, regardless of profession.

Writing for LobeLog, Giorgio Cafiero cited AGSIW Senior Resident Scholar Hussein Ibish's publication, "What's at Stake for the Gulf Arab States in Syria?" in a discussion of Qatari involvement in Syria.
On November 7, AGSIW President Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba spoke about U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and the future of U.S.-GCC relations during a panel at Kuwait University, hosted by Dr. Abdullah Al Shayji, professor of political science and former chairman of Kuwait University's political science department.
Grant Writer

Position Title: Grant Writer
Department/Team: Programs and Communication
Period: Part Time (20 hours/week, no benefits)
Location: Washington, DC 

Job Summary: The grant writer will primarily be responsible for identifying funding opportunities and developing and writing grant proposals for AGSIW. The grant writer will work closely with AGSIW staff and scholars to build effective funding proposals around AGSIW’s broad-based research and programmatic agenda. The candidate will be responsible for managing all pre-award activities including: researching new prospects, identifying funding opportunities, writing grant proposals, developing budgets, and tracking proposal deadlines. The candidate will also be responsible for submitting and monitoring proposals.
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