National Council on U.S.-Arab Relatoins

26th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

Arab-U.S. Relations: How Best to Navigate an Uncertain Present and Future?

October 18 - 19, 2017

Atrium Hall
Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC

 

 

CONFERENCE SPONSORS

2017 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference Sponsors

 

 

 

CONFERENCE AGENDA

 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
 

8:00 - 8:45 a.m. – Registration & Coffee/Tea

 

8:45 - 9:00 a.m. – Welcome & Introductions

Speakers:

Dr. John Duke Anthony – Founding President and CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, and author, inter alia, of Arab States of the Lower Gulf: People, Politics, PetroleumHistorical and Cultural Dictionary of the Sultanate of Oman and the Emirates of Eastern Arabia; and The United Arab Emirates: Dynamics of State Formation.

Mr. John Pratt – Chairman, Board of Directors, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; former Chairman, Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce.

 

9:00 - 10:45 a.m. – The Palestinian Future

Featured Specialist:

H.E. Dr. Husam Zomlot – Chief Representative, General Delegation of the PLO to the U.S.

Chair:

Dr. Yousef Munayyer – Executive Director, U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights; Editorial Committee Member, Journal of Palestine Studies; and Middle East Analyst, Arab Center Washington DC.

Speakers:

Mr. Sean Carroll – President and CEO, American Near East Refugee Aid; former Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Agency for International Development.

Ms. Noura Erakat – Assistant Professor, George Mason University; Co-Founding Editor, Jadaliyya.

Mr. Taleb Salhab – Independent Consultant; former Vice President of Global Programs, IREX; former Interim CEO and Vice President of Programs and Affiliate Services, Education for Employment.

 

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. – Egyptian-U.S. Relations: A View from Cairo

Introduction:

Ms. Cynthia Anthony – Washington Representative, The American University in Cairo.

Featured Specialist:

The Right Honourable Mona Makram-Ebeid – Distinguished Lecturer of Political Science, The American University in Cairo; former Member of the Egyptian Shura Council (Senate); former Head of the Committee of Social Rights, National Council on Human Rights; former Member, People’s Assembly (Egyptian Parliament).

 

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Energy Dynamics of U.S.-Arab Relations

Chair & Speaker:

Dr. Paul Sullivan – Senior International Affairs Fellow, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; Professor of Economics, National Defense University; Adjunct Professor, Security Studies, Georgetown University; Adjunct Senior Fellow for Future Global Resource Threats, Federation of American Scientists.

Speakers:

Ms. Molly Williamson – Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; Adjunct Scholar, Middle East Institute; former Senior Foreign Policy Adviser to the Secretary of Energy (2005-2008); former Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Departments of State, Defense, and Commerce; former U.S. Interim Ambassador to Bahrain.

Mr. Stephen Gallogly – Distinguished Fellow, Energy Policy Research Foundation; former Head of the Europe, Middle East, and Africa Division, International Energy Agency.

Mr. Nicolas Loris – Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow in Energy and Environmental Policy, The Heritage Foundation.

Commentator:

Mr. Nathaniel Kern – President, Foreign Reports.

 

12:30 - 1:00 p.m. – Networking Opportunity

Because of the national and international interest in this year’s program, the large number of conference participants, and the diversity of backgrounds and interests represented among the participants, this time is set aside for networking and personal conversations. 

 

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Luncheon (Sponsored by Parsons) & Keynote Address

Welcoming Remarks:

Mr. William Bodie – Group Executive Vice President, Middle East & Africa, Parsons.

Reflections:

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Programmatic Alumni

Introduction:

H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba – Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States

Keynote Speaker:

General Joseph L. Votel – Commander, United States Central Command; former Commander, United States Special Operations Command.

 

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Networking Opportunity

Because of the national and international interest in this year’s program, the large number of conference participants, and the diversity of backgrounds and interests represented among the participants, this time is set aside for networking and personal conversations. 

 

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. – Challenging Stereotypes: How Understanding Saudi Arabia’s Women Can Help Bridge Cultural Divides

Introduction:

Ms. Paige Peterson – Executive Vice President, Huntsman Cancer Foundation; Member, Board of Directors, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.

Featured Specialist:

HRH Princess Lamia Bint Majid Al-Saud – Secretary General and Member of the Board of Trustees, Alwaleed Philanthropies.

 

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Arab-U.S. Defense Cooperation

Chair:

Mr. David Des Roches – Associate Professor, Near East and South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University; Malone Fellow in Arab and Islamic Studies (Syria) and Senior International Affairs Fellow, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.

Speakers:

Mr. Nawaf Al Thari – Counter-Terrorism Adviser, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Permanent Mission to the United Nations; United Nations Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism Matters, Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Mr. Troy Thomas – Associate Director, Boston Consulting Group; former Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, National Security Council.

Colonel Abbas K. Dahouk – Senior Military Advisor, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State; former Defense and Army Attaché, Embassy of the U.S. in Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Mara Karlin – Associate Director and Professor of Strategic Studies, The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Strategy and Force Development, U.S. Department of Defense.

Mr. Christopher Blanchard – Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress.

 

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Conference Reception in the Rotunda of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

 

 

Thursday, October 19, 2017
 

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. – Registration and Coffee/Tea

 

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. – A View From Yemen

Introduction:

Dr. John Duke Anthony – Founding President and CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, and author, inter alia, of Arab States of the Lower Gulf: People, Politics, PetroleumHistorical and Cultural Dictionary of the Sultanate of Oman and the Emirates of Eastern Arabia; and The United Arab Emirates: Dynamics of State Formation.

Featured Specialist:

H.E. Dr. Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak – Ambassador of the Republic of Yemen to the United States.

 

9:15 – 10:45 a.m. – Business, Investment, and Human Resource Dynamics of Arab-U.S. Relations

Chair:

Mr. Mike Ryan – Business Strategy Advisor, U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council.

Speakers:

Ms. Haura Saud Al-Wahaibi – Commercial Attaché, Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman in the United States; former Director of Investment, Ithraa.

Ms. Nahlah Al-Jubeir – Director, Center for Career Development, Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission; Senior International Affairs Fellow, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.

Mr. Khush Choksy – Senior Vice President for the Middle East and Turkey, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and Acting President, U.S.-India Business Council.

Mr. Ken Close – Founder and CEO, The Quincy Group.

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – The GCC Countries’ Role in Regional Dynamics

Chair:

Dr. John Duke Anthony – Founding President and CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, and author, inter alia, of Arab States of the Lower Gulf: People, Politics, PetroleumHistorical and Cultural Dictionary of the Sultanate of Oman and the Emirates of Eastern Arabia; and The United Arab Emirates: Dynamics of State Formation.

Speakers:

Dr. Mohammed Alsulami – President, Arabian Gulf Center for Iranian Studies.

Dr. Abdullah Baabood – Director, Gulf Studies Centre, Qatar University; former Director, Gulf Research Centre, University of Cambridge (UK).

Dr. Khalid Al-Jaber – Director, AlSharq Studies & Research Center (Qatar); former Editor-in-Chief, The Peninsula; former Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Al Sharq; Assistant Professor of Political Communication, Gulf Studies Centre, Qatar University; Visiting Assistant Professor, Northwestern University in Qatar.

Mr. Fahad Nazer – International Affairs Fellow, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; Consultant, Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, DC.

Commentators:

Ambassador (Ret.) Susan Ziadeh – former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arabian Peninsula Affairs, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State; former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar (2011-2014).

Mr. Abdulrahman Al-Eryani – Principal Economic Officer, Embassy of the Republic of Yemen in the United States.

 

12:30 - 1:00 p.m. – Networking Opportunity

Because of the national and international interest in this year’s program, the large number of conference participants, and the diversity of backgrounds and interests represented among the participants, this time is set aside for networking and personal conversations. 

 

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Luncheon (Sponsored by Xenel) & Keynote Addresses

Reflections:

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Programmatic Alumni

Introduction:

Dr. John Duke Anthony – Founding President and CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, and author, inter alia, of Arab States of the Lower Gulf: People, Politics, PetroleumHistorical and Cultural Dictionary of the Sultanate of Oman and the Emirates of Eastern Arabia; and The United Arab Emirates: Dynamics of State Formation.

Keynote Speaker:

HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal Al-Saud – Chairman, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; former Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United Kingdom and to the United States; former Director General, General Intelligence Directorate, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

 

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Networking Opportunity

Because of the national and international interest in this year’s program, the large number of conference participants, and the diversity of backgrounds and interests represented among the participants, this time is set aside for networking and personal conversations. 

 

3:00 – 3:20 p.m. – A View from the U.S. Agency for International Development

Introduction:

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

Featured Specialist:

Mr. Bruce Abrams – Acting Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for the Middle East, U.S. Agency for International Development.

 

3:20 – 4:50 p.m. – Arab-U.S. Relations: Where Are We Going?

Chair:

Ms. Raghida Dergham – Founder and Executive Chairman, Beirut Institute; New York Bureau Chief, Al Hayat; International Advisory Committee Member, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.

Speakers:

Ms. Wafa Bughaighis – Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of Libya to the United States.

Mr. Lukman Faily – Former Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the United States.

The Right Honourable Mona Makram-Ebeid – Distinguished Lecturer of Political Science, American University in Cairo; former Member of the Egyptian Shura Council (Senate); former Head of the Committee of Social Rights, National Council on Human Rights; former Member, People’s Assembly (Egyptian Parliament).

Dr. Walid Phares – Co-Secretary General, Transatlantic Parliamentary Group on Counter Terrorism; Foreign Policy Adviser to Donald Trump during the 2016 Presidential Campaign.

Commentator:

Dr. Randa Slim – Director, Program on Conflict Resolution and Track II Dialogues, Middle East Institute; Non-Resident Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; former Vice President, International Institute for Sustained Dialogue.

 

4:50 – 5:00 p.m. – Closing Remarks

Dr. John Duke Anthony – Founding President and CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, and author, inter alia, of Arab States of the Lower Gulf: People, Politics, PetroleumHistorical and Cultural Dictionary of the Sultanate of Oman and the Emirates of Eastern Arabia; and The United Arab Emirates: Dynamics of State Formation.

 

 

 

CONFERENCE MODERATOR, CONTEXT PROVIDER, FACILITATOR, AND SPEAKER

 

Dr. John Duke Anthony
Dr. John Duke Anthony
Founding President and CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; Member, U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy and Subcommittee on Sanctions; and Knighted by Moroccan King Muhammad VI, bestowing upon him Morocco's Highest Award for Excellence