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June 12, 2023
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Upcoming Events
The Abraham Accords at Three: Are They Successful and Will More Gulf Arab Countries Join?
June 15 | 10:00 - 11:30 am EDT | Online

On June 15, AGSIW will host a discussion with Ambassador Daniel C. Kurtzer, Noga Tarnopolsky, and Shibley Telhami, moderated by Hussein Ibish, on Israel's relations with the Arab world.
Book Talk – The Economic Statecraft of the Gulf Arab States: Deploying Aid, Investment, and Development Across the MENAP
June 20 | 12:30 - 1:30 pm EDT | Online

On June 20, AGSIW will host a discussion with Karen E. Young and Tim Callen, moderated by Robert Mogielnicki, on the economic statecraft of the Gulf Arab states.
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Saudi Arabia Makes Unilateral Production Cut as OPEC+ Extends Quotas
Diane Munro

Despite a “voluntary” production cut announced by Saudi Arabia for July, economic uncertainty overshadowed the June 4 OPEC+ meeting.
U.S. Leans on Economic Strategy to Achieve Geopolitical Ends in the Middle East and Asia
Narayanappa Janardhan and Gedaliah Afterman

The United States is championing a new regional approach that aims to use economic diplomacy to bring key players in the Middle East and Asia closer and provide an alternative to Chinese initiatives.
What to Expect From Iran’s New Supreme National Security Council Secretary
Ali Alfoneh

As SNSC secretary, Rear Admiral Ali Akbar Ahmadian will doubtlessly try to put his experiences and writings to good use, but on all counts, he is likely to side with his comrades in the IRGC.
Solar and Wind Energy Driving the Middle East’s Energy Transition
Kate Dourian

If Middle Eastern countries are to reduce carbon emissions and reach their net-zero targets, solar and wind energy must be scaled up to provide zero-carbon energy and displace natural gas.

This publication is part of AGSIW's Energy and Climate Initiative.
Saudi Arabia Makes Soft Power Comeback in Iraq
Yerevan Saeed

Saudi Arabia's soft power initiatives may help the kingdom advance its economic interests in Iraq and help strengthen Iraq’s ties with a key Gulf Arab neighbor.
AGSIW in Arabic
سباق جمهوري مزدحم للبيت الأبيض
  هشام ملحم

كان السباق الجمهوري المفتوح في 2016 مزدحما للغاية، سبعة عشرة مرشحًا، استنزفوا بعضهم البعض، وفتحوا المجال دون قصد لترامب ليفوز بترشيح الحزب الجمهوري
U.S. Sanctions Cast Long Shadow Over Iran’s Exports to Iraq

The June 9 edition of the Iran Media Review highlights complaints that U.S. sanctions complicate Iran-Iraq trade.
“Two Wings of the Same Bird”: Cooperation Between the Quds Force and the Foreign Ministry

The June 6 edition of the Iran Media Review highlights revelations about the relationship between the Quds Force and the Foreign Ministry.
In the Media
  • The New York TimesHussein Ibish commented on Saudi-U.S. ties as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Saudi Arabia. He also spoke to Al Jazeera and AP.
  • The New York Times: Ibish discussed the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia and the announcement of a merger between the PGA Tour and the LIV Golf league. He also discussed the merger in an interview for Yahoo Finance.
  • Financial Times: Robert Mogielnicki commented on the Saudi Public Investment Fund's investment strategy.
  • Al Jazeera: Ibish and Mogielnicki discussed Chinese tourism in Saudi Arabia.
  • TV7 Israel News: In an interview, Ambassador William Roebuck discussed the potential for Saudi Arabia to normalize ties with Israel. 
  • L'Orient Le Jour: Ibish commented on the UAE's relations with the United States. 
  • Reuters: Mogielnicki commented on Chinese commercial investment in Saudi Arabia.
  • El Espanol: Mogielnicki discussed the status of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and the country's foreign policy aims.
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