National Council on U.S.-Arab Relatoins

28th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

Treading a Tightrope: How Best to Balance and Advance the Multifaceted Arab-U.S. Relationship?

October 23-24, 2019

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

 

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Featured Specialists Include:

 

General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr.

General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr.

United States Central Command Commander; Former U.S. Department of Defense Joint Staff Director
 
 
HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal

HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal

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
 
 
Mr. Thomas L. Friedman

Mr. Thomas L. Friedman

New York Times Op-Ed Columnist; Pulitzer Prize-winning Reporter and Commentator



H.E. Dr. Sheikh Mohammad Ibn Abdulkarim Alissa

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
 
 
Ms. Raghida Dergham

Ms. Raghida Dergham

Beirut Institute Founder and Executive Chairman; The National Columnist; National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations International Advisory Board Member
 
 
General (Ret.) David Petraeus

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 Board Member



H.E. Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

H.E. Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

Kuwait Ambassador to the United States
 
 
H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba

H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba

United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States
 
 
H.E. Dr. Abdel-Aziz Hamad Aluwaisheg

H.E. Dr. Abdel-Aziz Hamad Aluwaisheg

Gulf Cooperation Council Assistant Secretary-General for Political and Negotiation Affairs; Arab News Columnist



The Right Honourable Mona Makram-Ebeid

The Right Honourable Mona Makram-Ebeid

The American University in Cairo Distinguished Lecturer of Political Science; Former Egyptian Shura Council (Senate) Member; Former Egyptian People's Assembly (Parliament) Member
 
 
Mr. Norman Roule

Mr. Norman Roule

Former United States National Intelligence Manager for Iran; United Against a Nuclear Iran Senior Advisor
 
 
Ms. Kirsten Fontenrose

Ms. Kirsten Fontenrose

Former White House National Security Council Senior Director for Gulf Affairs; Atlantic Council Middle East Programs Director of Regional Security



Mr. Joey Hood

Mr. Joey Hood

U.S. Department of State Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary; Former U.S. Department of State Deputy Chief of Mission in Iraq and in Kuwait.
 
 
Ms. Anne Joyce

Ms. Anne Joyce

Middle East Policy Council Vice President; Middle East Policy Editor.
 
 
Mr. Timothy Lenderking

Mr. Timothy Lenderking

U.S. Department of State Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arabian Gulf Affairs; Former U.S. Department of State Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia



Ambassador (Ret.) Edward W. Gnehm Jr.

Ambassador (Ret.) Edward W. Gnehm Jr.

George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs Vice Dean, Kuwait Professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs, and Middle East Policy Forum Director; Former United States Ambassador to Jordan, Australia, and Kuwait
 
 
Dr. Elizabeth Campbell

Dr. Elizabeth Campbell

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Washington Office Director; Former U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Organization Affairs Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor
 
 
Dr. Paul Sullivan

Dr. Paul Sullivan

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Distinguished International Affairs Fellow; National Defense University Professor of Economics; Georgetown University Adjunct Professor for Security Studies



Dr. Turki Faisal Al Rasheed

Dr. Turki Faisal Al Rasheed

Golden Grass, Inc. Founder and Chief Executive Officer; University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Adjunct Professor
 
 
Dr. Herman Franssen

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
 
 
Mr. Phillip Cornell

Mr. Phillip Cornell

Atlantic Council Global Energy Center Nonresident Senior Fellow; Former Saudi Aramco Senior Corporate Planning Advisor; Former International Energy Agency Special Advisor



Mr. Yousef Bashir

Mr. Yousef Bashir

Author of The Words of My Father; Palestinian Advocate; Former Palestinian Diplomatic Delegation to the United States Member
 
 
Dr. Ellen Wald

Dr. Ellen Wald

Atlantic Council Global Energy Center Senior Fellow; Saudi, Inc. Author; Forbes, Arab News, and Investing dot com Columnist
 
 
Mr. Sean Carroll

Mr. Sean Carroll

Anera President & CEO; Former U.S. Agency for International Development Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer



Dr. Jean-François Seznec

Dr. Jean-François Seznec

Atlantic Council Global Energy Center Senior Fellow; Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies Adjunct Professor
 
 
Colonel (Ret.) Abbas K. Dahouk

Colonel (Ret.) Abbas K. Dahouk

Former U.S. Department of State Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Senior Military Advisor; Former Embassy of the United States in Saudi Arabia Defense and Army Attaché; HyphenPoint LLC President; National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Board of Directors Member
 
 
Ambassador (Ret.) Lincoln Bloomfield

Ambassador (Ret.) Lincoln Bloomfield

Stimson Center Chairman Emeritus and Distinguished Fellow; Former U.S. Department of State Assistant Secretary for Political Military Affairs



Mr. David Des Roches

Mr. David Des Roches

U.S. Department of Defense National Defense University Near East/South Asia Center for Strategic Studies Associate Professor; National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Senior International Affairs Fellow
 
 
Ambassador (Ret.) Gerald Feierstein

Ambassador (Ret.) Gerald Feierstein

Middle East Institute Senior Vice President; Former U.S. Department of State Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs; Former United States Ambassador to Yemen
 
 
Mr. Richard Kaplan

Mr. Richard Kaplan

Former President of CNN-U.S. and MSNBC; award-winning television news producer; Harvard University Lecturer and Fellow

 

 

 

 

October 23 Evening Reception Special Cultural Presentation:

Mike Dupuy Falconry

Conference registrants are invited to attend an evening social reception in The Pavilion Room at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center after the first day's proceedings conclude. The reception will feature a special appearance and presentation by Master Falconer Mike Dupuy. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the history of falconry and humanity's intimate connection to birds of prey.

 

 

 

Conference Agenda*:

Please note the agenda is subject to change before the conference.

 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

 

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. – Registration, Coffee/Tea, & Networking

 

9:00 - 9:20 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.

 

9:30 - 10:50 a.m. – SESSION: "Dynamics Impacting the Future of the U.S.-Arab Relationship"

Chair:

Mr. Richard Kaplan – former President of CNN-U.S. and MSNBC; award-winning television news producer; Harvard University Lecturer and Fellow.

Speakers:

Ms. Kirsten Fontenrose – Atlantic Council Middle East Programs Director of Regional Security; former White House National Security Council Senior Director for Gulf Affairs.

The Right Honourable Mona Makram-Ebeid – The American University in Cairo Distinguished Lecturer of Political Science; former Egyptian Shura Council (Senate) Member; former Egyptian People’s Assembly (Parliament) Member.

Mr. Thomas L. FriedmanNew York Times Op-Ed Columnist; Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and commentator.

 

11:00 - 11:30 a.m. – Keynote Remarks from U.S. Central Command

Introduction:

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

Featured Speaker:

General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr. – United States Central Command Commander; Former U.S. Department of Defense Joint Staff Director.

 

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 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.

 

12:00 - 2:15 p.m. – Luncheon (Sponsored by LEO A DALY), Remarks, and Keynote Address

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 Ambassador (Ret.) Edward "Skip" Gnehm, Jr. featuring remarks by H.E. Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

Desert Storm War Memorial Update:

Mr. Scott C. Stump – National Desert Storm War Memorial Association President and CEO.

Featured Remarks:

H.E. Dr. Abdel-Aziz Hamad Aluwaisheg – Gulf Cooperation Council Assistant Secretary-General for Political and Negotiation Affairs; Arab News Columnist.

Keynote Speaker:

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.

 

2:45 - 3:15 p.m. – Advancing Interfaith Dialogue and Messages of Peace

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.  

 

3:30 - 4:15 p.m. – Keynote Discussion with General (Ret.) David Petraeus

Moderator:

Ms. Raghida Dergham – Beirut Institute Founder and Executive Chairman; The National Columnist; National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations International Advisory Board Member.

Discussant:

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 Board Member.

 

4:30 - 5:55 p.m. – SESSION: "Future Prospects for Palestinians"

Chair:

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

Speakers:

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

Mr. Yousef BashirThe Words of My Father Author; Palestinian advocate; former Palestinian Diplomatic Delegation to the United States Member.

Mr. Omar Baddar – Arab American Institute Deputy Director; former Al Jazeera International The Stream Digital Producer and Presenter; former American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee of Massachusetts Executive Director.

Mr. Sean Carroll – Anera President & CEO; former U.S. Agency for International Development Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer.

 

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. – Conference Reception in The Pavilion of the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

Conference registrants are invited to attend an evening social reception in The Pavilion Room at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center after the first day's proceedings conclude. The reception will feature a special appearance and presentation by Master Falconer Mike Dupuy. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the history of falconry and humanity's intimate connection to birds of prey.

 

 

Thursday, October 24, 2019

 

8:30 - 8:45 a.m. – Remarks on U.S. International Development Assistance

 

8:55 - 10:10 a.m. – SESSION: "U.S.-Arab Energy Dynamics"

Chair and Speaker:

Dr. Paul Sullivan – National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Distinguished 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. Ellen Wald – Atlantic Council Global Energy Center Senior Fellow; Saudi, Inc. Author; Forbes, Arab News, and Investing dot com Columnist.

Dr. Jean-François Seznec – Atlantic Council Global Energy Center Senior Fellow; Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies Adjunct Professor.

Mr. Phillip Cornell – Atlantic Council Global Energy Center Nonresident Senior Fellow; Former Saudi Aramco Senior Corporate Planning Advisor; Former International Energy Agency Special Advisor.

 

10:15 - 11:00 a.m. – SESSION: "Business, Investment, and Developmental Dynamics in Arabia and the Gulf"

Chair:

Mr. Steve Lutes – U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Director of Middle East Affairs; Former U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration Senior Legislative Affairs Specialist.

Speakers:

Dr. Turki Faisal Al Rasheed – Golden Grass, Inc. Founder and Chief Executive Officer; University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Adjunct Professor.

Major (Ret.) Dr. T. B. (Mac) McClelland, Jr. – Center House Ltd. President and CEO; Management and Business Analyst; International Stability Operations Association President for Middle East and Africa; Hult International Business School Professor of Leadership and Management.

 

11:10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. – SESSION: "U.S.-Arab Defense Cooperation Dynamics"

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:

Ambassador (Ret.) Lincoln Bloomfield – Stimson Center Chairman Emeritus and Distinguished Fellow; Former U.S. Department of State Assistant Secretary for Political Military Affairs.

Mr. Norman Roule – Former United States National Intelligence Manager for Iran; United Against a Nuclear Iran Senior Advisor.

Mr. David Des Roches – U.S. Department of Defense National Defense University Near East/South Asia Center for Strategic Studies Associate Professor; National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Senior International Affairs Fellow.

Colonel (Ret.) Abbas K. Dahouk – former U.S. Department of State Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Senior Military Advisor; former Embassy of the United States in Saudi Arabia Defense and Army Attaché; HyphenPoint LLC President; National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Board of Directors Member.

Commentator:

Ms. Kirsten Fontenrose

 

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 - 3:00 p.m. – Luncheon, Remarks, and Keynote Address

Reflections:

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

Featured Remarks:

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

Mr. Joey Hood – U.S. Department of State Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary; former U.S. Department of State Deputy Chief of Mission in Iraq and in Kuwait.

 

3:30 - 5:00 p.m. – SESSION: "Geo-Political Dynamics of Arabia and the Gulf"

Chair:

Ms. Raghida Dergham

Speakers:

Ambassador (Ret.) Gerald Feierstein – Middle East Institute Senior Vice President; Former U.S. Department of State Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs; Former United States Ambassador to Yemen.

Ambassador (Ret.) Edward W. Gnehm Jr. – George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs Vice Dean, Kuwait Professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs, and Middle East Policy Forum Director; Former United States Ambassador to Jordan, Australia, and Kuwait.

Dr. Abdullah Baabood – National University of Singapore Middle East Institute Visiting Professor; former Qatar University Gulf Studies Centre Director; former University of Cambridge (UK) Gulf Research Centre Director.

Mr. Timothy Lenderking – U.S. Department of State Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arabian Gulf Affairs; former U.S. Department of State Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Dr. John Duke Anthony

 

5:00 - 5:10 p.m. – Closing Remarks

Speaker:

Dr. John Duke Anthony

 

 

 

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 $245.00 per night. Double or triple occupancy is $275.00 per night. All rates are subject to 14.95% 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 21 through (Saturday) October 26, 2019. 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

ROOM BLOCK CUT-OFF DATE: October 3, 2019. All rooms not guaranteed by 3:00 PM hotel time on this date will be released for general sale. Reservations made after this time will be subject to availability and subject to rate variance. 

Reservations: 
PHONE 202-298-7800 or 1-800-348-7203 
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For additional hotel options, please call the National Council (202-293-6466) and speak to Rowland Robinson.