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 by Friday, September 4.

The Bridge blog
Volatile Global Markets and the Arab Gulf States

By Karen E. Young

The equities market rout on Monday left the Shanghai Composite Index down over 40 percent from its peak in June. Investors scrambled in Europe and the United States to react to an economic slowdown in Asia. Part of the reaction stems from a global market frustration with government management of the economy in China, and a lack of transparency in the way the government deals with its debt in local bank markets, and how it anticipates demand for infrastructure and housing. Many investors have long anticipated a slowdown, but the timing couldn’t be worse for the Arab Gulf states.
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The Road to Statehood is Blocked in All Directions

By Hussein Ibish

The quest for Palestinian independence appears to be simultaneously at death’s doorstep and stronger than ever. At the granular level of on-the-ground realities and national policies, the very existence of the Palestinian national cause as a coherent and even extant political programme appears increasingly tenuous. Yet at the same time, the emerging state of Palestine is becoming increasingly recognised, and almost universally accepted, as a part of the international community, a participant in major multilateral organisations and an integrated fixture in the global diplomatic environment.
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In the Media

In an article on the widening of Saudi Arabia’s fiscal deficit, Zawya quoted AGSIW Senior Resident Scholar Karen E. Young, who noted, “Saudi Arabia needs to engage fiscal policy on its generous government subsidies, public sector salaries, its expanding military spending, as well as aid to regional allies.” Additionally, Young said, “Saudi Arabia needs to involve wider debt markets domestically (including offering more financial products) and more transparency in its fiscal balance sheets.”


Digital Coordinator

Position Title: Digital Coordinator

Department/Team: Program Outreach and Communication

Period: Full-Time

Location: Washington, DC

This position is responsible for supporting the Program Outreach and Communication team by developing and coordinating AGSIW’s digital presence and growth including strategy and planning. Collaborate proactively with all elements of AGSIW as appropriate to:

  • Develop engaging, timely, and relevant digital web content
  • Create, edit, post, and maintain written, audio/visual, and graphic content for the web
  • Design newsletters and email campaigns, manage email list-serve

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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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