National Council on U.S.-Arab Relatoins

29th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

The Next U.S. Presidency: Implications for the U.S.-Arab Relationship

November 17 - 19, 2020

Broadcast Live Online

 

 

 

Watch the Conference Live:

 

Watch DAY 1 on YouTube

 

Watch DAY 2 on YouTube

 

Watch DAY 3 on YouTube

 

 

Conference Moderator, Context Provider, Facilitator, and Speaker:

 

Dr. John Duke Anthony

Dr. John Duke Anthony

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Founding President and CEO; Knighted by Moroccan King Muhammad VI, bestowing upon him Morocco's Highest Award for Excellence; former U.S. Department of State Near East and North Africa Area and Country Studies Program Chairman; former U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy and its Subcommittee on Sanctions Member; author of numerous publications pertaining to American interests and involvement in the Arab region, the Middle East, and the Islamic world.

 

 

Featured Specialists Include:

 

HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal

HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud

King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies Chairman; Former Saudi Arabia Ambassador to the United Kingdom and to the United States; Former Saudi Arabia General Intelligence Directorate Director General
 
 
H.E. Dr. Nayef Falah M. Al-Hajraf

H.E. Dr. Nayef Falah M. Al-Hajraf

Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Secretary-General; Former Kuwait Minister of Finance
 
 
HRH Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

HRH Princess Reema Bandar Al Saud

Saudi Arabia Ambassador to the United States; International Olympic Committee Member



Mr. Thomas L. Friedman

Mr. Thomas L. Friedman

New York Times Op-Ed Columnist; Pulitzer Prize-winning Reporter and Commentator
 
 
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 Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr.

General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr.

United States Central Command Commander; Former United States Department of Defense Joint Staff Director



Ms. Kirsten Fontenrose

Ms. Kirsten Fontenrose

Atlantic Council Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative Director; Former White House National Security Council Senior Director for Gulf Affairs
 
 
Ambassador John Abizaid

Ambassador John Abizaid

United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia; Former United States Central Command Commander
 
 
H.E. Dr. Mohamed Al Hassan

H.E. Dr. Mohamed Al Hassan

Oman Ambassador to the United Nations; Former Oman Ministry of Foreign Affairs Acting Undersecretary for Diplomatic Affairs; Former Ambassador of Oman to Russia
 
 



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. Mohamed M. Abou El Enein

H.E. Mohamed M. Abou El Enein

Member of the Egyptian Parliament; Cleopatra Group Chairman and Founder; Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean Honorary President; Egyptian-European Business Council President
 
 
Mr. Leo A. Daly III

Mr. Leo A. Daly III

LEO A DALY Chairman and Chief Executive Officer



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
 
 
H.E. Dina Kawar

H.E. Dina Kawar

Ambassador of Jordan to the United States; Former Jordan Ambassador to the United Nations
 
 
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



Mr. Richard Kaplan

Mr. Richard Kaplan

Former President of CNN-U.S. and MSNBC; Award-winning television news producer; Harvard University Lecturer and Fellow
 
 
Ambassador (Ret.) Susan Ziadeh

Ambassador (Ret.) Susan Ziadeh

Georgetown University Adjunct Professor; Former United States Department of State Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arabian Peninsula Affairs; Former United States Ambassador to Qatar
 
 
Dr. Anthony H. Cordesman

Dr. Anthony H. Cordesman

Center for Strategic and International Studies Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy; Consultant to the United States Department of State, Department of Defense, and intelligence community



Ambassador (Ret.) Richard W. Murphy

Ambassador (Ret.) Richard W. Murphy

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations International Advisory Board Co-Chair; Former United States Ambassador to Mauritania, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and Syria; Former United States Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs
 
 
Ms. Susanne Koelbl

Ms. Susanne Koelbl

Der Spiegel Military and Foreign Correspondent; Author, Behind the Kingdom's Veil
 
 
Colonel (Ret.) Abbas K. Dahouk

Colonel (Ret.) Abbas K. Dahouk

Former 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; HyphenPoint LLC President; National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Board of Directors Member



Mr. Mohammed Alyahya

Mr. Mohammed Alyahya

Al Arabiya English Editor-in-Chief
 
 
Dr. Cinzia Bianco

Dr. Cinzia Bianco

European Council on Foreign Relations Visiting Fellow; Former European Commission Sharaka Project Research Fellow
 
 
Dr. Abdullah Al Shayji

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



Ms. Barbara Slavin

Ms. Barbara Slavin

Atlantic Council Future of Iran Initiative Director; George Washington University Lecturer in International Affairs; Al-Monitor Columnist
 
 
Dr. David Ottaway

Dr. David Ottaway

Woodrow Wilson Center Middle East Fellow; Former Washington Post foreign correspondent in the Middle East, Africa, and Southern Europe
 
 
Dr. Abdullah Baabood

Dr. Abdullah Baabood

Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan) Visiting Professor; Former National University of Singapore Middle East Institute Visiting Professor



Mr. Joshua Yaphe

Mr. Joshua Yaphe

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Scholar-in-Residence
 
 
Mr. Andrew Gelfuso

Mr. Andrew Gelfuso

Trade Center Management Associates Vice-President; World Trade Center Washington, DC at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Director
 
 
Mr. David H. Rundell

Mr. David H. Rundell

Vision or Mirage: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads Author; Former United States Diplomat

 

 

Performances By:

Ms. Nidal Ibourk

Ms. Nidal Ibourk

Ms. Nidal Ibourk is a singer, scholar, and multi-talented artist with a mastery of Arab classical music. She has performed at distinguished venues around the world, and collaborated with a range of artists including violin and oud master Simon Shaheen. In addition to her talents as a singer, she is known for her artistic commitment to promoting Arab cultural heritage through her song selections, presentation, and stage presence.

Born in Rabat, Mococco, Ms. Ibourk moved to the United States in 2006 to pursue postgraduate studies at Kent State University. She has subsequently earned several degrees while cultivating her career as an artist. Beyond singing and her professional work in human resources development, she is an active speaker at schools and community programs where she can share her passion for Arab culture and music.

 

 

Conference Agenda*:

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

Times listed in Eastern Standard Time (Washington, D.C. / New York time).

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

 

09:45 - 10:00 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.

Mr. Andrew Gelfuso – Trade Center Management Associates Vice-President; World Trade Center Washington, DC at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Director.

 

10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. – U.S.-Arab Relations: What Now?

Chair:

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

Speakers:

Mr. Mohammed AlyahyaAl Arabiya English Editor-in-Chief.

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

Ms. Susanne KoelblDer Spiegel Military and Foreign Correspondent; Author, Behind the Kingdom's Veil.

Dr. David Ottaway – Woodrow Wilson Center Middle East Fellow; former Washington Post foreign correspondent in the Middle East, Africa, and Southern Europe; Author, inter alia, of A Tale of Four Worlds: the Arab Region After the Uprising.

Mr. David H. Rundell – Author, Vision or Mirage: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads; former United States Diplomat.

Ms. Barbara Slavin – Atlantic Council Future of Iran Initiative Director; George Washington University Lecturer in International Affairs; Al-Monitor Columnist.

 

12:00 - 12:30 P.M. – Keynote Remarks by HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal Al-Saud

Welcome:

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

Introduction:

Dr. John Duke Anthony

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.

 

12:30 - 1:00 P.M. – Arab-U.S. Relations: A View From Egypt

Introduction:

Mr. H. Delano Roosevelt – U.S.-Saudi Business Council President and CEO; National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations International Advisory Board Member.

Speaker:

H.E. Mohamed M. Abou El Enein – Member of the Egyptian Parliament; Cleopatra Group Chairman and Founder; Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean Honorary President; Egyptian-European Business Council President.

 

 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

 

10:00 - 10:45 A.M. – Keynote Remarks from the Gulf Cooperation Council and the U.S. Department of State

Introduction:

Dr. John Duke Anthony

Keynote Speakers:

H.E. Dr. Nayef Falah M. Al-Hajraf – Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Secretary-General; former Kuwait Minister of Finance.

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.

 

10:45 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. – Geo-Political Dynamics of Arabia and the Gulf

Chair:

Dr. Abdullah Baabood – Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan) School of International Liberal Studies Chair for Islamic Area Studies and Visiting Professor; former 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.

Speakers:

H.E. Dr. Mohamed Al Hassan – Sultanate of Oman Ambassador to the United Nations; former Oman Ministry of Foreign Affairs Acting Undersecretary for Diplomatic Affairs; former Ambassador of Oman to Russia.

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.

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.

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.) Susan L. Ziadeh – Georgetown University Adjunct Professor; former United States Department of State Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arabian Peninsula Affairs; former United States Ambassador to Qatar.

 

12:00 P.M. – Keynote Remarks from the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington

Introduction:

Dr. John Duke Anthony

Speaker:

HRH Princess Reema Bandar Al Saud – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ambassador to the United States; International Olympic Committee Member.

 

 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

 

10:00 - 10:30 am – Keynote Remarks from U.S. Central Command

Introduction:

H.E. Dina Kawar – Ambassador of Jordan to the United States; former Jordan Ambassador to the United Nations.

Speakers:

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

 

10:30 am - 12:00 P.M. – U.S.-Arab Defense Cooperation Dynamics

Chair & Speaker:

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.

Additional Speakers:

Dr. Cinzia Bianco – European Council on Foreign Relations Visiting Fellow; former European Commission Sharaka Project Research Fellow.

Dr. Anthony H. Cordesman – Center for Strategic and International Studies Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy; Consultant to the U.S. State Department, Defense Department, and intelligence community; former Office of the Secretary of Defense Director of Intelligence Assessment.

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

Commentator:

Mr. Joshua Yaphe – National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Scholar-in-Residence; U.S. Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research Arabian Peninsula Analyst.

 

12:00 - 12:30 P.M. – Keynote Remarks from the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh

Introduction:

Dr. John Duke Anthony

Speaker:

Ambassador John Abizaid – United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia; former United States Central Command Commander.

 

2:00 - 2:30 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.