Kristin Smith Diwan

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Kristin Smith Diwan is a Senior Resident Scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW). She specializes in society and politics of the Gulf, with current projects concerning generational change and the evolution of Islamism in the GCC.

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Foreign Policy Essay

Qatar’s Domestic Agenda and the Gulf Crisis

Editor’s Note: The crisis between Qatar and its neighbors drags on, exacerbating regional instability and posing problems for U.S. policymakers. While many analysts have focused on the security and foreign policy implications of the crisis, the possible domestic ramifications are often ignored. Kristin Smith Diwan of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington assesses the state of reform in Qatar and argues that the ruling family is likely to proceed cautiously given the many sensitivities involved.

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Foreign Policy Essay

The New Rules of Monarchy in the Gulf

Editor’s Note: Political and policy change in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states used to proceed at a glacial pace. No more. Gulf states are quarreling with each other and intervening right and left in the Arab world. Kristin Diwan of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington argues that the new media environment and a new generation of leaders mean that the old assumptions about what Gulf leaders want have fundamentally changed. As a result, policymakers will need a fresh playbook to handle today's Gulf leaders.

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