The Dhow: A Weekly Newsletter from AGSIW

Upcoming Events
Student Open House and Reception

Wednesday September 9, 2015
5:30 - 7:30 pm
1050 Connecticut Ave, NW, Ste. 1060
Washington, DC 20036

AGSIW invites undergraduate and graduate students from the Gulf region and those studying the Gulf and the broader Middle East to an open house and reception. AGSIW staff, senior resident scholars, and fellows will be on hand to discuss the institute's work and mission, as well as internship and employment opportunities. Interested students should RSVP to [email protected] by Friday September 4, 2015.

The Bridge blog
Biduns in the Face of Radicalization in Kuwait

By Claire Beaugrand

The criminal investigation into the June 24 attack on the Shia Imam Sadiq mosque in Kuwait, which killed 26 people and left more than 200 others injured, revealed the involvement of some biduns, or stateless population. While the suicide bomber was identified as a Saudi national, the inquiry led to the arrest of three Kuwaiti biduns: the driver of the car who took the bomber to the mosque and collected the explosive belt from Saudi accomplices at the southern border, the owner of the car, and the car owner’s brother. Moreover, on July 14, the Kuwaiti media reported that, out of the 29 suspects charged in the attack by the public prosecution, five were Kuwaitis, seven Saudis, three Pakistanis, and 13 biduns.
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In Case You Missed It
Combating Terrorist Financing in the Gulf: Significant Progress but Risks Remain

By Celina Realuyo

The Gulf countries have taken significant national, regional, and international steps to stem the flow of funds to terrorist groups over the past decade. Various measures have been instituted to better regulate and secure the formal banking sector, alternative remittance systems like hawalas, and charitable organizations in the Gulf. The tragic January 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket, perpetrated by disciples of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have galvanized the world’s attention and demand to combat terrorism and the financial networks that fund and support these acts. In the fight against AQAP and ISIL, Gulf states will play a critical role on the military, ideological, and financial fronts of the campaign to degrade and destroy these groups. While the Gulf countries have made substantial strides in protecting their financial systems, risks and vulnerabilities to terrorist financing remain.
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In the Media

In an article on U.S. Republican presidential candidates’ visits to Israel, CNN noted that GOP candidates rarely meet with Palestinians, speaking with AGSIW Senior Resident Scholar Hussein Ibish who noted it is a sign of the fractured peace process as their cause has become less prominent in the United States. Ibish said, “Nobody cares about them, because there is no peace process.”


Visiting Scholars

Position Title: Visiting Scholar

Department/Team: Senior Resident Scholars

Period: Academic Year 2015-2016, Summer 2016

Location: Washington, DC

Visiting Scholars are individuals who possess a PhD or equivalent professional experience, and whose primary purpose for residence at AGSIW is to conduct independent research. 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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Research Assistant

Position Title: Research Assistant

Department/Team: Senior Resident Scholars

Period: Part-Time (Up to 30 hours/week)

Location: Washington, DC

Job Summary: Provide research assistance and administrative support to the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. At the direction of the Senior Resident Scholars, conduct research on Gulf politics, foreign policy, culture, economics, and U.S. policy toward the region. Monitor contemporary developments in the Gulf states and in U.S. policy, including reviews of regional media and foreign language sources. Contribute analytical essays, bibliographies, and summaries on relevant topics. Provide administrative, communications, and logistical support to Senior Resident Scholars and AGSIW programs, and perform additional tasks as requested.
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