National Council on U.S.-Arab Relatoins

30th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

Whither U.S.-Arab Relations? Unnerving Uncertainties Amidst Complex Realities and New Possibilities

November 17 - 18, 2021

Broadcast Live on YouTube

 

 

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Conference Proceedings:

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Full Day 1 Livestream

 

Welcome and Introductions
Video
Podcast

Speaker:

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.

 

Keynote Remarks from U.S. Central Command
Video
Podcast

Introduction:

H.E. Motaz Zahran – Ambassador of Egypt to the United States.

Speaker:

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

 

Keynote Remarks from the Embassy of Oman in Washington, D.C.
Video
Podcast

Introduction:

Dr. John Duke Anthony

Context Provider:

Professor Linda Pappas Funsch – Author of Oman Reborn: Balancing Tradition and Modernization; Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center Research Fellow; National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Malone Fellow and International Advisory Board Member.

Speaker:

H.E. Moosa Hamdan Al Tai – Sultanate of Oman Ambassador to the United States.

 

U.S.-Arab Relations: What Now?
Video
Podcast

Chair:

Mr. Richard Kaplan – former President of CNN-U.S. and MSNBC; award-winning television news producer; National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations International Advisory Board Member.

Speakers:

Ms. Geneive Abdo – Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington Visiting Fellow; World Bank Consultant; Author, inter alia, of The New Sectarianism: The Arab Uprisings and the Rebirth of the Shi'a-Sunni Divide.

Mr. Khaled Almaeena – Albilad Organization for Press and Publication Chairman; Columnist; former Saudi Gazette Editor-in-Chief (2012-2014); former Arab News Editor-in-Chief (1982-1993) and (1998-2011); NAAM Founder and Co-Chairperson.

Dr. Abderrahim Foukara – Al Jazeera Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief; Host of Min Washington.

 

Keynote Remarks by HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud
Video
Podcast

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.

 

Arab-U.S. Relations: A View From Egypt
Video
Podcast

Introduction:

Dr. John Duke Anthony

Speaker:

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

 

Geopolitical Dynamics of North Africa
Video
Podcast

Introduction:

Dr. John Duke Anthony

Speaker:

Dr. William Lawrence – American University School of International Service Senior Adjunct Professorial Lecturer; Analyst, Educator, International Programs Director, and former diplomat.

 

 

Thursday, November 18, 2021
Full Day 1 Livestream

 

U.S.-Saudi Arabia Relations: Business and Investment Dynamics
Video
Podcast

Introduction:

Dr. John Duke Anthony

Speakers:

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

Mr. Abdulrahman T. Bakir – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Investment U.S. Office Vice President.

 

Vision 2030: A Blueprint for a More Vibrant Middle East
Video
Podcast

Introduction:

Dr. John Duke Anthony

Speaker:

Mr. Fahad Nazer – Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. Spokesperson.

 

Keynote Remarks from the Gulf Cooperation Council
Video
Podcast

Introduction:

Dr. John Duke Anthony

Keynote Speaker:

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

 

Keynote Remarks from the U.S. Department of State
Video
Podcast

Introduction:

Dr. John Duke Anthony

Keynote Speaker:

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.

 

Geo-Political Dynamics of Arabia and the Gulf
Video
Podcast

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:

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. Samar Fatany – Jeddah Broadcasting Station English section Chief Broadcaster; Author of Saudi Perceptions & Western Misconceptions, Saudi Women Towards a New Era, and Saudi Challenges & Reforms.

Ambassador (Ret.) Anne Patterson – former U.S. Department of State Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern and North African Affairs (2013-2017); former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt (2011-2013), Pakistan (2007-2010), Colombia (2000-2003), and El Salvador (1997-2000).

Dr. Emma Soubrier – George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs Institute for Middle East Studies Professorial Lecturer and Visiting Scholar; Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington Non-Resident Fellow; Author of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates: Diverging Paths to Regional and Global Power (2022).

 

Presentation of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations GLOBAL HUMANITARIAN LEADERSHIP AWARD to His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar
Video
Podcast

Presenter:

Dr. John Duke Anthony

Special Remarks:

U.S. Central Command
U.S. Department of State

Acceptance on behalf of HH the Amir:

Dr. Hamad Al Muftah – Embassy of the State of Qatar in Washington, D.C. Deputy Chief of Mission.

 

Keynote Discussion with General (Ret.) David Petraeus
Video
Podcast

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.