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Coping With Kaleidoscopic Change in the Middle East – 2013 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

COPING WITH KALEIDOSCOPIC CHANGE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Speaker:

Ambassador Chas Freeman – Chairman of the Board, Projects International, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based development firm specializing in international joint ventures, acquisitions, and other business operations for its American and foreign clients; former President, Middle East Policy Council; former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (1993-94), earning the Department of Defense’s highest public service awards for his roles in designing a NATO-centered post-Cold War security system and in reestablishing defense and military relations with China; former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm); Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during the U.S. mediation of Namibian independence from South Africa and Cuban troop withdrawal from Angola; and author, Interesting Times: China, America, and the Shifting Balance of Prestige; America’s Misadventures in the Middle East; The Diplomat’s Dictionary (Revised Edition); and Arts of Power: Statecraft and Diplomacy.

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The Way Forward in Egypt

July 19, 2013
Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC

 

Participating specialists:

Professor Karim Haggag, Visiting Professor, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, and Former Director, Egyptian Press and Information Office in Washington, DC

Ms. Randa Fahmy Hudome, Board Member, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, and General Counsel, American Egyptian Strategic Alliance

Dr. Marina Ottaway, Senior Scholar, Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Dr. Diane Singerman, Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs, American University

Moderator:

Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President & CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

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Crisis Syria: Going Where?

June 7, 2013
Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC

 

Participating specialists:

Ms. Mona Yacoubian, Senior Advisor, Middle East and Project Director, Pathways to Progress, Stimson Center

Mr. Ian Pannell, Correspondent, BBC News

Professor David Des Roches, Senior Military Fellow, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University

Ms. Sharon Waxman, Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy, International Rescue Committee

Professor Paul Sullivan, Professor of Economics, National Defense University and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University

Moderator:

Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President & CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

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Bahrain: A Conversation About Its Challenges and Opportunities

May 21, 2013
Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC

 

 
Participating specialists:

Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann, President, American Academy of Diplomacy; Former U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain, Afghanistan, and Algeria

Professor David Des Roches, Senior Military Fellow, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University

Ms. Sarah Leah Whitson, Executive Director, Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch

Professor Paul Sullivan, Professor of Economics, National Defense University; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University

Moderator:

Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President & CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

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Opportunities for Investment in Libyan Energy, Finance, and Infrastructure

April 22, 2013
Washington, DC

 

Featured Speaker:

His Excellency Dr. Elkalani A. Alsalim, Minister of Finance, Government of Libya

Introduction By:

His Excellency Ali Aujali, Ambassador of Libya to the United States

Commentators:

Ms. Randa Fahmy Hudome, Board Member, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

Mr. Robert Marro, President, American Libyan Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Ms. Paula Freer, Director, International Government Affairs, Marathon Oil Corporation; and Chair, U.S.-Libya Business Association

Moderator:

Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President & CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; Member, U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy and its subcommittees on Sanctions and Trade and Investment

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Rhetoric and Reality in Arab-U.S. Energy Relations

April 11, 2013
Offices of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Washington, DC

 

Participants include:

Mr. John Hofmeister, Founder and Chief Executive, Citizens for Affordable Energy; former President, Shell Oil Company

Professor Paul Sullivan, Professor of Economics, National Defense University; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University

Ms. Randa Fahmy Hudome, President, Fahmy Hudome International; former Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy

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The Future of Women’s Rights, Minority Rights, and Freedom of Expression in Tunisia

March 5, 2013
The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC

 

 

Participants include:

“Human Rights, Democratic Transition, and the New Constitution” — Mr. Eric Goldstein, Deputy Director, Human Rights Watch, Washington, DC

“Freedom of the Press in the New Tunisia Under the Islamist-Dominated Government” –Ms. Naziha Réjiba, Journalist, Human rights activist, 2009 Recipient of the International Press Freedom Award of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Tunis

“Islamists and Women’s Rights: The Need for Vigilance” — Dr. Nancy Okail, Program Director, The Freedom House, Washington DC

Moderator:

Dr. Nejib Ayachi, President, The Maghreb Center, Washington DC

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Tunisia: Post-Revolution Political and Constitutional Transitions

March 5, 2013
The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC

 

 

Participants include:

“Overview of the Transitional Process in Tunisia Since the Revolution” — Ms. Alexis Arieff, Analyst, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, Washington DC

“The Role of the Ennahda Islamist Party and of the Salafi Movement in the Transition” –Dr. Alaya Allani, Professor of History, Manouba University, Tunis

“The Constitutional Drafting Process and Challenges to a Democratic Transition in Tunisia” — Dr. Ghazi Gherairi, Law Professor, University of Tunis, Tunis; Secretary General, The International Academy for Constitutional Law, Tunis

“The Economic Demands of the Tunisian Revolution” — Dr. Ahmed El Hamri, Development Economist, Academia; Consultant, The World Bank

Moderator:

Dr. I. William Zartman, Professor Emeritus, The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Washington DC

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Arab-U.S. Relations: Views from the Arab Media – 2012 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

ARAB-U.S. RELATIONS: VIEWS FROM THE ARAB MEDIA

Chair:

Ms. Barbara Ferguson – Consultant, United States Marine Corps’ Center for Advanced Operational Culture; former Washington Correspondent, Arab News; former embedded war correspondent in Iraq.

Speakers:

Mr. Jamal Khashoggi – General Manager and Editor-in-Chief, Al Arab News Channel; former Editor-in-Chief, Al-Watan.

Ms. Nadia Bilbassy – Chief U.S. Correspondent, Middle East Broadcasting Center Television.

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American and Arab Policy Successes and Shortcomings Regarding the Regional Geo-Political Dynamics of Iran – 2012 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

AMERICAN AND ARAB POLICY SUCCESSES AND SHORTCOMINGS REGARDING THE REGIONAL GEO-POLITICAL DYNAMICS OF IRAN

Chair:

Dr. Thomas Mattair – Executive Director, Middle East Policy Council; former Research Scholar, Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research; author,The Three Occupied UAE Islands: The Tunbs and Abu Musa and Global Security Watch — Iran: A Reference Handbook.

Speakers:

Dr. Kenneth Katzman – Specialist in Middle East Affairs in the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress.

Dr. Trita Parsi – Founder and President, National Iranian American Council; author A Single Roll of the Dice – Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran and Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States.

Mr. Alireza Nader – Senior Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation; author, Israel and Iran: A Dangerous Rivalry, The Next Supreme Leader: Succession in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and lead co-author, Coping with a Nuclearizing Iran.

Ms. Hillary Mann Leverett – Senior Professorial Lecturer of U.S. foreign policy, American University’s School of International Service; Visiting Scholar, Peking University’s School of International Studies; CEO, STRATEGA; co-author, The Race for Iran Blog; co-author, Going to Tehran: Why the United States Needs to Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic (forthcoming).

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Policymaking Opportunities in Business, Finance, and Human Resource Development – 2012 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

POLICYMAKING OPPORTUNITIES IN BUSINESS, FINANCE, AND HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

Chair:

Ms. Elizabeth Wossen – Principal and Lead Consultant, Energy Links Group LLC; former Coordinator, Congressional and Government Relations, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation; Member, Board of Directors, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.

Speakers:

Mr. Khush Choksy – Senior Director, Middle East Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; former Director, Chemonics International.

Dr. Mody AlKhalaf – Director of Social and Cultural Affairs, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia; Editor-in-Chief, Al-Mubtaath (“The Scholar”).

Ambassador (Ret.) Ford Fraker – Senior Adviser and Chairman for the Middle East and North Africa Group, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.; former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Hisham Fahmy – CEO, American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt; Founder, Egyptian Association of Executives; former Acting Director, Egyptian Center for Economic Studies.

Commentator:

Mr. Ken Close – Founder and CEO, Quincy International; former Senior Policy Advisor to HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal.

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Policymaking Opportunities and Lessons Learned From Regional Geo-Political Dynamics: The Arabian Peninsula (GCC Countries and Yemen) – 2012 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

POLICYMAKING OPPORTUNITIES AND LESSONS LEARNED FROM REGIONAL GEO-POLITICAL DYNAMICS: THE ARABIAN PENINSULA (GCC COUNTRIES AND YEMEN)

Chair:

Dr. John Duke Anthony

Speakers:

Dr. Abdel Aziz Abu Hamad Aluwaisheg – Assistant Secretary General for Negotiations and Strategic Dialogue, Gulf Cooperation Council.

Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla – Professor of Political Science, United Arab Emirates University (Abu Dhabi); lead author, 2008 Arab Knowledge Report.

Dr. Abdullah K. Al-Shayji – Chairman, Department of Political Science, Kuwait University; author, Kuwait’s Ceaseless Quest for Survival in a Hostile Environment.

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Policy Challenges Pertaining To Regional Geo-Political Dynamics: The Palestinian Future – 2012 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

POLICY CHALLENGES PERTAINING TO REGIONAL GEO-POLITICAL DYNAMICS: THE PALESTINIAN FUTURE

Chair:

Ms. Alison Weir – President, Council for the National Interest; Executive Director, If Americans Knew.

Speakers:

Dr. Sara Roy – Senior Research Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University; Board Member, American Near East Refugee Agency (ANERA) and the Center for American Jewish Studies, Baylor University; author,The Gaza Strip: Political Economy of De-development and Hamas and Civil Society in Gaza: Engaging the Islamist Social Sector.

Dr. Tamara Sonn – Wm. R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Humanities, College of William and Mary; author, Interpreting Islam:  Bandali Jawzi’s Islamic Intellectual HistoryReligions through Law: Judaism and IslamIslam: A Brief History, and The Religion Toolkit:  A Complete Guide to Religious Studies.

Mr. Jeff Steinberg – Editor, Executive Intelligence Review.

Mr. Mark Perry – Author, Conceived in LibertyThe Last Days of the CIA, and Talking to Terrorists: Why America Must Engage its Enemies.

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Arab-U.S. Relations: A View from the League of Arab States – 2012 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

ARAB-U.S. RELATIONS: A VIEW FROM THE LEAGUE OF ARAB STATES

Speaker:

H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mohammed Alhussaini Alsharif – Chief Representative of the League of Arab States to the United States; former Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Canada and Turkey; former Head of the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Houston.

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Policymaking Concerns Related To Regional Geo-Political Dynamics: Arab North Africa – 2012 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

POLICYMAKING CONCERNS RELATED TO REGIONAL GEO-POLITICAL DYNAMICS: ARAB NORTH AFRICA

Chair:

Mr. Christopher Blanchard – Middle East Policy Analyst, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress.

Speakers:

H.E. Ambassador Ali Aujali – Ambassador of Libya to the United States.

Professor Paul Sullivan

Ms. Alexis Arieff – Analyst on Africa and the Maghreb, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress.

Mr. Karim Haggag – Visiting Professor, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University; former Director, Egyptian Press and Information Office in Washington, DC.

Dr. David Ottaway – Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center; former Washington Post foreign correspondent in the Middle East, Africa, and Southern Europe; author, The King’s Messenger: Prince Bandar bin Sultan and America’s Tangled Relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Commentator:

Dr. Néjib Ayachi – Founder and President, Maghreb Center.

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Policymaking Considerations Regarding Regional Geo-Political Dynamics: Iraq and Syria – 2012 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

POLICYMAKING CONSIDERATIONS REGARDING REGIONAL GEO-POLITICAL DYNAMICS: IRAQ AND SYRIA

Chair:

Dr. John L. Iskander – Chair, Near East and North Africa Area Studies, Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State.

Speakers:

Dr. David Lesch – Professor of Middle East History, Trinity University; author,The Fall of the House of AssadThe Arab – Israeli Conflict: A History, and The New Lion of Damascus: Bashar al-Asad and Modern Syria.

Ms. Mona Yacoubian – Senior Advisor, Middle East and Project Director, Pathways to Progress, Stimson Center; former Special Advisor and Senior Program Officer on the Middle East, U.S. Institute of Peace; former North Africa analyst, U.S. Department of State.

Dr. Judith Yaphe – Distinguished Research Fellow for the Middle East, Institute for National Strategic Studies; former senior analyst in the office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis, Directorate of Intelligence, CIA.

Dr. Abdullah Alshammari – Advisor, Middle East – Riyadh Represantative, ORSAM.

Commentators:

Professor Paul Sullivan – Professor of Economics, Eisenhower School, National Defense University; Adjunct Professor, Security Studies, Georgetown University; Columnist, Turkiye Gazetesi, Istanbul, Turkey.

Ambassador (Ret.) Theodore Kattouf – President and CEO, AMIDEAST; former U.S Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and Syria.

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Energy: Policymaking Dynamics of Sources, Supply, and Security – 2012 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

ENERGY: POLICYMAKING DYNAMICS OF SOURCES, SUPPLY, AND SECURITY

Chair:

Ms. Randa Fahmy Hudome – President, Fahmy Hudome International; former Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy; Member, Board of Directors, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.

Speakers:

Mr. James LeJeune – President, Chevron Middle East North Africa Inc.

Mr. John Hofmeister – Founder and Chief Executive, Citizens for Affordable Energy; former President, Shell Oil Company.

Mr. Frank Verrastro – Senior Vice President and Director, Energy and National Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Commentator:

H.E. Ambassador Mohamed Bin Abdulla Al-Rumaihi – Ambassador of Qatar to the United States.

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