During the Fall 2012 semester National Council Founding President & CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony served as Dean’s Visiting Chair in International Studies and Political Science at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, Virginia, where he taught Institute’s first-ever course on “Politics of the Arabian Peninsula.” Dr. Anthony is a 1962 graduate of VMI where he was elected president of his class all four years in addition to serving as president of the Corps of Cadets’ General and Executive Committees during his First Class Year.
Available below are remarks from Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President and CEO of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, at the Middle East Policy Council’s 71st Capitol Hill Conference, January 16, 2013, on “U.S. Grand Strategy in the Middle East: Is there One?” Full video of the event as well as an unedited transcript are available at www.mepc.org.
In the past half century, no Arab sub-regional inter-state organization has been as successful as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), established in May 1981. Next week, Bahrain will host the 33rd GCC Ministerial and Heads of State Summit in Manama (December 24-25, 2012). In an effort to explore how the GCC and its six member-countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE) achieved what they have accomplished, the Arabia, the Gulf, and the GCC Blog presents a 2006 article from Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President and CEO of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and the only American to have been invited to each of the GCC’s Ministerial and Heads of State Summits since the GCC’s inception, which examines some of the dynamics surrounding the GCC’s formation and strategic position.
- John Duke Anthony – “The Future Significance of the Gulf Cooperation Council” (.pdf)
- John Duke Anthony – “The Intervention in Bahrain through the Lenses of its Supporters” (.pdf)
- John Duke Anthony – “The 2010 GCC Summit in Perspective: A Conversation with John Duke Anthony”
- John Duke Anthony – “Strategic Dynamics of Iran-GCC relations” (.pdf)
Yesterday marked Saudi Arabia’s National Day. To be sure, much has happened since the last one in 2011. In that light, it may be worth revisiting some of the lesser known — or unknown and/or un-remembered — sinews between the Saudi Arabian and American governments as well as our respective peoples. The following essay by National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Founding President and CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony re-emphasizes not only much of what all too many are unaware of and tend to take for granted. It notes that many of those who acknowledge the strategic advantages and economic gains that have long accrued to both peoples would give a lot to exchange places if only they could obtain the same range of rewards. At the end of the essay are links to other essays that Dr. Anthony has written on Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Arabian-U.S. relationship.
A Personal Perspective”
by Dr. John Duke Anthony
September 25, 2012
At its core, the relationship is solid. Three of its key components — cooperation in the areas of energy, economic development, and defense — are strong and healthy. In each of these areas, reciprocity of respect for each other’s needs, concerns, and interests remains a hallmark. In each, too, the quest for mutuality of benefit stands out. This is not only normal and natural. It is as it should be. In each, also, the range and diversity of the excess longstanding interdependence between our two countries is the envy of the leaders of practically every other nation in the world.
On June 20, 2008, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations President and CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony addressed the Middle East Policy Council’s (MEPC) 53rd Capitol Hill Conference on “War with Iran: Regional Reactions and Requirements.”
Following, courtesy of MEPC, is an unofficial transcription and revised version of Dr. Anthony’s presentation together with additional commentary and responses to questions asked during the discussion that followed, edited for written publication.
On April 13, 2011, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Founding President and CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony spoke to members and guests of the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs on “Analyzing Transformational Change in the Arab World.” Courtesy of the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs, the National Council is pleased to make available this video and audio recording of Dr. Anthony’s address.
Dr. John Duke Anthony spoke to KSA2 (Saudi Arabian, English-language TV) on June 14, 2012 about the 31st anniversary and growing international importance of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The GCC is comprised of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Anthony is the only American to have been invited to each of the GCC’s Ministerial and Heads of State Summits since the GCC’s inception in 1981.
On March 27, 2012, National Council Founding President & CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony spoke at American University on “U.S.-Arab Relations.” The program was sponsored by American University’s Delta Phi Epsilon International Society of Business and Foreign Affairs and the Muslim Student Association. A podcast from Dr. Anthony’s presentation is available below as well as through iTunes.