NCUSAR Announces Paul Findley Fellowship

NATIONAL COUNCIL ON U.S.-ARAB RELATIONS LAUNCHES FINDLEY FELLOWS PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS IN HONOR OF RETIRED ILLINOIS CONGRESSMAN PAUL FINDLEY

Program to Honor Most Outstanding Students from the National Council’s University Student Summer Internship Program

Washington, DC: The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, founded in 1983, is pleased to announce the launch of a new fellowship program that will honor outstanding participants in the National Council’s Washington, DC Summer Internship Program. In announcing the award, Council Founding President and CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony said, “The new Paul Findley Fellowship, named in honor of former Congressman Paul Findley, will annually recognize students who excel in the academic component of the Council’s University Student Summer Internship Program.” The National Council’s Washington, DC Summer Internship Program annually selects 25 university undergraduate and graduate students to participate in a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in Washington, DC. Designed to provide the interns a rich and varied training and educational experience, the program features an energizing and demanding mix of intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cultural encounters.

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Dr. John Duke Anthony on “The United States and the Arab World: Dynamics and Dimensions of a Relationship in Flux”

On March 11, 2014, Dr. John Duke Anthony spoke to the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs on “The United States and the Arab World: Dynamics and Dimensions of a Relationship in Flux.” A video recording of the program is available below, and a podcast of the program is also available below as well as in iTunes with recordings of other National Council programs: http://bit.ly/itunes-ncusar.

Dr. John Duke Anthony – “The United States and the Arab World: Dynamics and Dimensions of a Relationship in Flux” podcast (.mp3)

Qatar – “Understood” And “Misunderstood”: A Conversation with H.E. Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari

On April 1, 2014, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations hosted a public affairs briefing on “Qatar – ‘Understood’ And ‘Misunderstood’: A Conversation with His Excellency Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari, Ambassador of Qatar to the United States” in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC. Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President & CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, served as moderator.

A video recording of the program is available below and a podcast of the program is also available below as well as in iTunes with recordings of other National Council programs: http://bit.ly/itunes-ncusar.

“Qatar – ‘Understood’ And ‘Misunderstood’” podcast (.mp3)

Dr. John Duke Anthony on Al Youm (Al Hurra TV)

On March 25, 2014, Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President & CEO of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, appeared on Al Youm on Al Hurra TV. The discussion touched on Iran, Syria, and President Obama’s upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia. [Program in Arabic.]

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NCUSAR’s 2013 Washington, DC Summer Internship Program Recap

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Washington, DC Summer Internship Program participants with Council Founding President & CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony.

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Washington, DC Summer Internship Program participants with Council Founding President & CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony.

The National Council’s Model Arab League/Arab-U.S. Relations Youth Leadership Development Program, highlighted recently in Council Chronicle Vol. 7, No. 1, has been linked for many years to the Council’s Annual University Student Washington, DC Summer Internship Program. The Summer Intern Program’s participants are alumni of the Models and other rising young American and Arab leaders of tomorrow. U.S. Ambassador (Ret.) Edward Gnehm made it possible for the 2013 program to be administered again in association with The George Washington University’s (GWU) Institute for Middle East Studies in the Elliott School of International Affairs. Ambassador Gnehm is a member of the GWU faculty where he is the Kuwait Professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs. As in previous years, the 2013 Internship Program provided fertile training ground and an invaluable firsthand professional work experience for young American leaders interested in a career devoted to improving U.S.-Arab relations.

The program, which lasted from June 3 – August 9, provided 25 students an opportunity to work in the nation’s capital at 18 organizations involved in one way or another in efforts to improve Arab-U.S. relations. The experience is one that could not possibly be duplicated or paralleled by the students’ university studies on campus. In addition to their time assisting with the office routines of their host organizations, the interns met and were briefed as well as mentored several times a week by some of America’s most renowned specialists in international relations as they pertain to the Arab world.

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Upcoming Event: “Qatar: ‘Understood’ and ‘Misunderstood’” – April 1 in Washington, DC

President Barack Obama and His Excellency Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari

President Barack Obama receives the credentials of His Excellency Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari as Qatar’s Ambassador to the United States at the White House in March 2014.

On April 1, 2014, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is hosting a public affairs briefing on “Qatar – ‘Understood’ And ‘Misunderstood’: A Conversation with His Excellency Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari, Ambassador of Qatar to the United States.” Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President & CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, will serve as moderator.

Few Arab countries are as misunderstood as the State of Qatar. Selected by FIFA to host the 2022 World Cup; allegedly the world’s richest country per capita; site of ten branch university campuses of some of the world’s most prominent institutions of higher education; renowned as the leading supplier of Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) to the rest of the world and accounting for a quarter of the world’s LNG exports; forward deployed headquarters of the US Central Command, from which the air components of the American-led military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq were coordinated; and of Arabia and the Gulf’s nine countries, arguably the one to have experienced the least disruptive restructuring of its pre-oil economic and political moorings – Qatar is all these things and more. It is hard to know how or where to begin in any effort to describe and explain the dynamics of change and constancy within Qatar’s government, the country’s economics, political dynamics, and key foreign policies as well as its relations with its neighbors and beyond.

DATE & TIME:

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Refreshments / Networking
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Remarks / Q&A

LOCATION:

Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-339
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20515

REGISTRATION:

The event is free but R.S.V.P. (acceptances only) via email to rsvp@ncusar.org is required.

Please note: seating capacity is limited. Include the following information when you R.S.V.P.:
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If you have any questions you can call the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations at (202) 293-6466.

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Council Chronicle Vol. 7, No. 3 (2013) Now Available

2013 Washington, DC Summer Internship ProgramThe National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is pleased to provide the twenty-second edition of the Council Chronicle, the Council’s periodic newsletter. The Chronicle seeks to keep the Council’s alumni, donors, and other supporters informed and updated. One among other efforts to do so on an ongoing basis is achieved by presenting highlights and special reports on the Council’s programs, events, and activities. For new readers interested in learning more about the Council’s vision and mission, together with the ways and means it utilizes to pursue both objectives, please visit the Council’s website at ncusar.org.

ACCESS Council Chronicle Vol. 7, No. 3 (2013) (.pdf)

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Gulf in the News – February 27, 2014

UAE, Japan sign MoU on nuclear energy

Source: Khaleej Times (Read full story)

General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, on Wednesday witnessed the signing ceremony of a number of agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs).  The two sides signed the schedules on amending the Air Services Agreement between the UAE and Japan. The deal was signed by Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister, and Fumio Kishida, Japan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.  The two foreign ministers also signed a MoU on the development of joint cooperation committee work between the UAE’s Ministry of Development and International Cooperation and Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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