National Council on U.S.-Arab Relatoins

27th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

What Paths Forward For America In And With The Arab Region?

October 31 - November 1, 2018

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

 

 

 

Featured Speakers Include:

 

HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal

HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal

Chairman, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; former Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United Kingdom and to the U.S.; former Director General, General Intelligence Directorate, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
 
 
General (Ret.) David Petraeus

General (Ret.) David Petraeus

Partner, KKR and Chairman, KKR Global Institute; former Director, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency; former Commander, U.S. Central Command; International Advisory Committee Member, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
 
 
H.E. Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani

H.E. Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani

Secretary-General, Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf; former Adviser at the rank of Minister, Bahrain Ministry of Foreign Affairs; former Chief of Public Security, Bahrain Ministry of the Interior



The Honorable Mick Mulvaney

The Honorable Mick Mulvaney

Director, Office of Management and Budget, President Donald J. Trump White House; former Member (5th District of South Carolina), House of Representatives, United States Congress
 
 
Ms. Raghida Dergham

Ms. Raghida Dergham

Founder and Executive Chairman, Beirut Institute; International Advisory Committee Member, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
 
 
H.E. Dr. Mohammad Ibn Abdulkarim Alissa

H.E. Dr. Sheikh Mohammad Ibn Abdulkarim Alissa

Secretary General, Muslim World League; General Supervisor, Ideological Warfare Center, Ministry of Defense, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Chairman, International Body of Muslim Scholars



Mr. Mohamed M. Abou El Enein

Mr. Mohamed M. Abou El Enein

Chairman, Cleopatra Group; Honorary President, Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean
 
 
Dr. Khalaf Al-Habtoor

Dr. Khalaf Al-Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group; businessman, writer, and philanthropist
 
 
Ms. Fatimah Salem A. Baeshen

Ms. Fatimah Salem A. Baeshen

Spokesperson, Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the U.S.



H.E. Dr. Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak

H.E. Dr. Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak

Ambassador of the Republic of Yemen to the United Nations and to the U.S.; Chief of Staff of the Office of Yemen's President; Secretary General of Yemen's National Dialogue Conference
 
 
Ms. Zaha Hassan

Ms. Zaha Hassan

Visiting Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Policy Member, Al-Shabaka, The Palestinian Policy Network; human rights lawyer
 
 
Mr. Bernard Hudson

Mr. Bernard Hudson

Non-Resident Fellow, Belfer Center, Harvard University; former Chief of Counterterrorism, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency



Dr. Elizabeth Campbell

Dr. Elizabeth Campbell

Director, Washington Office, United Nations Relief Work Agency; former Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State
 
 
H.E. Dr. Fareed Yasseen

H.E. Dr. Fareed Yasseen

Ambassador of Iraq to the U.S.; former Ambassador of Iraq to France; former Head of Policy Planning, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iraq
 
 
Dr. Mody Alkhalaf

Dr. Mody Alkhalaf

Member, Majlis Al-Shura (Consultative Council) of Saudi Arabia



Dr. Abdullah Al Shayji

Dr. Abdullah Al Shayji

Professor of International Relations and Director of Post Graduate Political Science Program, Kuwait University; author, The GCC Crises: The Root Causes, The Mediation Efforts, And the Future of the GCC Alliance
 
 
Dr. Paul Sullivan

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
 
 
The Right Honourable Mona Makram-Ebeid

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)



Dr. Abdullah Baabood

Dr. Abdullah Baabood

Academic and researcher; former Qatar University Gulf Studies Centre Director; former University of Cambridge (UK) Gulf Research Centre Director
 
 
Ms. Mona Yacoubian

Ms. Mona Yacoubian

Senior Advisor for Syria, the Middle East, and North Africa, United States Institute of Peace; former Deputy Assistant Administrator, Middle East Bureau, United States Agency for International Development
 
 
Mr. Richard W. Westerdale, II

Mr. Richard Westerdale, II

Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of State; former Director, Energy Resources Bureau's Policy Analysis and Public Diplomacy Office, U.S. Department of State



Dr. William Lawrence

Dr. William Lawrence

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs; former Associate Director, Middle East and North Africa, Control Risks
 
 
Dr. James Zogby

Dr. James Zogby

Founding President, Arab American Institute; Director, Zogby Research Services; former Vice Chair, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom; author, Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters
 
 
Dr. Mohammed Alsulami

Dr. Mohammed Alsulami

Founder and Chairman, Rasanah: International Institute for Iranian Studies; Editor-in-Chief, Journal for Iranian Studies

 

More specialists to be announced soon...

 

 

 

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 Subcommittee on Sanctions; and Knighted by Moroccan King Muhammad VI, bestowing upon him Morocco's Highest Award for Excellence

 

 

 

Conference Agenda*:

 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
 

8:00 - 8:45 a.m. — Registration and Coffee/Tea

 

8:45 - 9:00 a.m. — Welcome and Introductions

Speakers:

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

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

 

9:00 - 10:15 a.m. — Palestine: Trump's Good "Deal?" Bad "Deal?" No "Deal?"

Chair:

Ms. Anne Joyce – Middle East Policy Council Vice President; Middle East Policy Editor.

Speakers:

Dr. James Zogby – Arab American Institute Founding President; Zogby Research Services Director; former United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Vice Chair; author, Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters.

Ms. Zaha Hassan – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Visiting Fellow; Al-Shabaka, The Palestinian Policy Network Policy Member; human rights lawyer.

Dr. Elizabeth Campbell – United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Washington Office Director; former United States Department of State Bureau of International Organization Affairs Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor.

 

10:30 - 11:45 a.m. — Whither the Energy Dynamics of Arab-U.S. Relations?

Chair and Speaker:

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

Speakers:

Dr. Herman Franssen – Energy Intelligence Group Executive Director; International Energy Associates, Inc. President; Center for Strategic and International Studies Senior Associate; Middle East Institute Adjunct Scholar; Centre for Global Energy Studies (London, UK) Visiting Fellow.

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

 

11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. — How is the U.S. Viewed in the Arab Region? A Conversation with Dr. Khalaf Al-Habtoor

Introduction:

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

Featured Speaker:

Dr. Khalaf Al-Habtoor – Al Habtoor Group Chairman; businessman, writer, and philanthropist.

 

12:15 - 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 conference attendees, this time is set aside for networking and personal conversations.

 

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. — Luncheon (Sponsored by LEO A DALY) and Keynote Addresses

Welcoming Remarks:

Mr. Leo A. Daly III – LEO A DALY Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Reflections:

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

Award Presentation:

Recognition of Ms. Raghida Dergham for "Achievements in Media."

Keynote Speakers:

"How Best to Proceed in the U.S.-Arab Relationship?"

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

"How is the GCC Coping in a Troubled Region?"

H.E. Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani – Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Secretary-General; former Bahrain Ministry of Foreign Affairs Adviser at the Rank of Minister; former Bahrain Ministry of the Interior Chief of Public Security.

 

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. — How Best to Bridge the Cultural Divide? A Muslim Leader's Perspective

Introduction:

Dr. John Duke Anthony

Featured Speaker:

H.E. Dr. Sheikh Mohammad Ibn Abdulkarim Alissa – Muslim World League Secretary General; Saudi Arabia Ministry of Defense Ideological Warfare Center General Supervisor; International Body of Muslim Scholars Chairman.

 

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. — How Best to Understand Arab-U.S. Cooperation in Defense and Countering Extremism?

Chair:

Dr. Amin Tarzi – Marine Corps University Director of Middle East Studies; University of Southern California Dornsife Washington, D.C. Program Professor of Practice (Political Science); Foreign Policy Research Institute Program on the Middle East Senior Fellow.

Speakers:

Mr. Nawaf Al Thari – National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Distinguished International Affairs Fellow; Saudi Arabia Mission to the United Nations Political Adviser, and Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Piracy Focal Point.

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

 

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

 

 

Thursday, November 1, 2018
 

8:00 – 8:50 a.m. — Registration and Coffee/Tea

 

8:50 – 9:10 a.m. — How to Realize Peace in Yemen?

Introduction:

Dr. John Duke Anthony

Featured Speaker:

H.E. Dr. Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak – Ambassador of the Republic of Yemen to the United Nations and to the United States; Office of Yemen's President Chief of Staff; Yemen's National Dialogue Conference Secretary General.

 

9:15 – 9:45 a.m. — What Way Forward in Egyptian-U.S. Relations?

Introduction:

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

Featured Speaker:

Mr. Mohamed M. Abou El Enein – Cleopatra Group Chairman; Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean Honorary President.

 

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. — How to Assess Dynamics Impacting U.S. Agency for International Development Programs and Objectives?

Introduction:

Ms. Cynthia McDonald Anthony – The American University in Cairo Director of Government Relations.

Speaker:

Mr. Hallam Ferguson – U.S. Agency for International Development Bureau for the Middle East Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator; former International Republican Institute Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

 

10:00 – 11:15 a.m. — What is Next for Regional Dynamics in Arabia and the Gulf?

Chair:

Dr. John Duke Anthony

Speakers:

Dr. Mohammed Alsulami – International Institute for Iranian Studies Founder and Chairman; Journal for Iranian Studies Editor-in-Chief.

Dr. Abdullah Al Shayji – Kuwait University Professor of International Relations and Post Graduate Political Science Program Director; author, The GCC Crises: The Root Causes, The Mediation Efforts, And the Future of the GCC Alliance.

Mr. Joshua Yaphe – United States Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research Arabian Peninsula Analyst.

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

 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — How Best to Understand Saudi Arabia's "Vision 2030" Plan?

Chair:

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

Speakers:

Ms. Fatimah Salem A. Baeshen – Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. Spokesperson.

Dr. Turki Faisal Al Rasheed – Golden Grass, Inc. Founder and Chief Executive Officer; University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Adjunct Professor; author, Public Governance and Strategic Management Capabilities: Public Governance in the Gulf States.

Mr. Ken Close – The Quincy Group Founder and Chief Executive Officer.

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

 

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 conference attendees, this time is set aside for networking and personal conversations.

 

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. — Luncheon and Keynote Remarks and Discussion

Reflections:

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

Introduction for Remarks:

Mr. Michael Jones – Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce Washington Representative; Capitol Capital Group, LLC Founding President.

Keynote Remarks:

"A View From the White House"

The Honorable Mick Mulvaney – President Donald J. Trump Office of Management and Budget Director; former United States Congress House of Representatives Member from the 5th District of South Carolina.

Moderator for Discussion:

Ms. Raghida Dergham – Beirut Institute Founder and Executive Chairman; United Nations Dean of Foreign Correspondents; National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations International Advisory Committee Member.

Keynote Discussant:

"How to Analyze American and Arab Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats?"

General (Ret.) David Petraeus – KKR Partner and KKR Global Institute Chairman; former United States Central Intelligence Agency Director; former United States Central Command Commander; National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations International Advisory Committee Member.

 

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. — Arab-U.S. Relations: Where Are We Going?

Chair:

Ms. Raghida Dergham

Speakers:

H.E. Dr. Fareed Yasseen – Ambassador of Iraq to the United States; former Ambassador of Iraq to France; former Iraq Ministry of Foreign Affairs Head of Policy Planning.

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

Ms. Mona Yacoubian – United States Institute of Peace Senior Advisor for Syria, the Middle East, and North Africa; former United States Agency for International Development Middle East Bureau Deputy Assistant Administrator.

Dr. William Lawrence – The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs Part-time Professor of Political Science and International Affairs; former Control Risks Middle East and North Africa Associate Director; former Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy Middle East and North Africa Program Director.

Ms. Emily Estelle – American Enterprise Institute Critical Threats Project Senior Analyst and Africa Team Lead.

 

4:30 – 4:45 p.m. — Closing Remarks

Speaker:

Dr. John Duke Anthony

 

*Please note this agenda is subject to change before the conference

 

 

 

Special Hotel Rates:

 

Hotel rooms are available at a special room rate for National Council Conference attendees at the Georgetown Suites, 1111 30th Street, NW, Washington, DC. The group room rate for single occupancy is $235.00 per night. Double or triple occupancy is $265.00 per night. All rates are subject to 14.8% hotel sales tax. Rates include upscale continental breakfast and fitness center, local calls, and wireless Internet access. 

The special room rate is available for (Monday) October 29 through (Saturday) November 3, 2018. To make a booking for these rates, please contact Georgetown Suites by phone or email and ask for the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (NCUSAR) Room Block. You can also make reservations on-line using the Access Code NCUSAR

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