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24 June 2022 "President Biden's Visit to Saudi Arabia: Implications and Opportunities" Online Briefing Program
Join the National Council for a preview of United States President Joe Biden's upcoming visit to the Middle East, which will include a stop in Saudi Arabia. Specialists with decades of experience navigating day-to-day aspects of the U.S.-Saudi Arabia relationship will discuss dynamics affecting the various parties ahead of the July trip. The program will be broadcast live on Friday, June 24, 2022, from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. DC/NYC/EDT. The featured specialists will be former United States diplomats Ambassador (Ret.) Michael Gfoeller and Mr. David H. Rundell. Colonel (Ret.) Abbas K. Dahouk and Dr. John Duke Anthony will join them for the proceedings.
"A Conversation About Humanitarian Aid With H.E. Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah" Online Briefing Program
On May 31, 2022, the National Council hosted an online briefing program "A Conversation About Humanitarian Aid with His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah." The featured specialist was the leader of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid & Relief Centre (KSRelief), Saudi Arabia's leading aid organization that serves people and communities in more than fifty countries around the world. Colonel (Ret.) Abbas K. Dahouk and Dr. John Duke Anthony joined them for the proceedings as moderator and context provider, respectively.
On March 17, 2022, the National Council hosted an online briefing program "Destination Oman: Heritage, Culture, Adventure"—a virtual visit to the Sultanate of Oman, the "Jewel of Arabia." H.E. Moosa Hamdan Al Tai, Oman's Ambassador to the United States, provided opening reflections on the Oman-U.S. relationship; Professor Linda Pappas Funsch commented on Oman's remarkable modernization efforts; Council Cultural Affairs Fellow Mr. Badar Al Yazeedi provided a presentation exploring some of of the sites in Oman that inspire wonder; and Council Founding President and CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony orchestrated the proceedings while providing background and context.
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The National Council's Washington, DC Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship with an organization in the nation’s capital. The program features a demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cross-cultural encounters designed to provide students with a rich and varied educational experience.
The National Council's Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference brings together internationally renowned specialists to analyze, discuss, and debate issues of over-arching importance to the American and Arab people's needs, concerns, interests, and key foreign policy objectives. It is the largest annual gathering in America dedicated to studying, understanding, and promoting the U.S.-Arab relationship.
The National Council periodically sponsors public educational programs on Capitol Hill, around Washington, DC, and online where an assemblage of domestic and internationally renowned specialists analyze, discuss, and debate issues of importance to the relationship between the U.S. and the Arab countries, the Middle East, and the Islamic world. These events examine how best to strengthen and expand mutual Arab-U.S. trust, confidence, and benefits while examining a range of complex issues, interests, and policies.
Youth Leadership Development Program / Model Arab League
The National Council's Youth Leadership Development Program / Model Arab League (YLDP/MAL) holds educational conferences across the United States for students at both the university and high school levels. Through YLDP/MAL, students learn about the politics and history of the Arab world, and the arts of diplomacy and public speech. YLDP/MAL helps prepare students to be knowledgeable, well-trained, and effective citizens as well as civic and public affairs leaders.
The National Council's Malone Fellows in Arab and Islamic Studies Annual Cultural Immersion Program in Oman provides a privileged first hand exposure to one of the most historically and culturally rich of all Arab and Islamic societies. The study visit unfolds primarily in half a dozen different regions outside the Sultanate’s capital of Muscat. It does so in order to allow delegation members to experience the dynamics of what is not only one of the Arab world’s most demographically, geographically, economically, and socially diverse countries. It does so also because of Oman’s position adjacent to the Hormuz Strait, arguably the world’s most strategically vital waterway.