The Dhow: A Weekly Newsletter from AGSIW

Upcoming Event
Women and Elections in the GCC

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 pm
1050 Connecticut Ave, NW, Ste. 1060
Washington, DC 20036
Dr. Hatoon Al-Fassi, Dr. Kristin Smith Diwan, additional speakers TBC

Though women have made small electoral gains, can they have an impact on the overall status of women in their prospective countries? Given the example of the UAE, can state-led feminism be more effective in elevating women politically in the Gulf? Finally, what has been the overall response of women voters to these elections?

The Bridge blog
Assessing Yemen's Post-War Challenges

By Amat Alsoswa

Conflict is not new to Yemen, but for the first time in Yemen’s history, conflict is no longer contained by region, as war is raging across the entire country. After seven months of conflict and infighting, the “Yemen problem” seems almost too complex to solve. Peter Maurer, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, stated after his August trip to Yemen: “Yemen after five months looks like Syria after five years.” Moving from conflict to reconciliation will again require local and international mediation and coordination.
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Down, But Not Out: How Saudi Arabia Will Avert an Oil Economy Collapse

By Fahad Nazer

The September 11 collapse of a crane at the Grand Mosque in Mecca provided a grave metaphor for Saudi Arabia experts. A number of observers, citing supposed infighting among senior Saudi royals, have predicted an unprecedented political upheaval. Other critics however, have focused on the precipitous drop in oil prices since June 2014 to argue that the kingdom is in serious economic trouble. Indeed, the decline in oil prices from about $115 to below $45 today seems the more daunting challenge.
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In the Media
AGSIW Senior Resident Scholar Kristin Diwan was quoted during NPR's All Things Considered on November 29. Diwan discussed women's participation in the upcoming elections in Saudi Arabia.

AGSIW Senior Resident Scholar Karen Young was recently quoted on NPR's All Things Considered, discussing elections in the Arab Gulf states. Young noted the trend of the Gulf monarchies, especially Saudi Arabia, moving toward limited democracy.
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