The Messy, Volatile, and Unpredictable Energy Transition to Come, and the Middle East North Africa Region

On January 12, 2022, the National Council convened an online program exploring “The Messy, Volatile, and Unpredictable Energy Transition to Come, and the Middle East North Africa Region.”

 

 

Joining the program were:

Featured Specialist:

  • Dr. Paul Sullivan, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Distinguished International Affairs Fellow; King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies Senior Research Associate; Johns Hopkins University Adjunct Professor for Energy and Environmental Security.

Context Provider:

  • Dr. John Duke Anthony, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Founding President and CEO.

Audio and video recordings of the program are available above and below, and on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and elsewhere.

“The Messy, Volatile, and Unpredictable Energy Transition to Come, and the Middle East North Africa Region” podcast (.mp3)

Iraq Update: A Conversation with Ambassador Dr. Fareed Yasseen

On December 15, 2021, the National Council convened an online briefing program titled “Iraq Update: A Conversation with His Excellency Dr. Fareed Yasseen, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States.”

 

 

Joining the program were:

Featured Specialist:

  • H.E. Dr. Fareed Yasseen, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States of America; former Ambassador of Iraq to France.

Moderator:

  • 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.

Context Provider:

  • Dr. John Duke Anthony, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Founding President and CEO.

Audio and video recordings of the program are available above and below, and on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and elsewhere.

“Iraq Update: A Conversation with Ambassador Dr. Fareed Yasseen” podcast (.mp3)

Summer 2022 Washington, DC Internship Program

Washington, DC Summer Internship Program

May 23 – July 29, 2022

NCUSAR Washington, DC Summer Internship Program Students

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations’ 2022 Washington, DC Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship with an organization in the nation’s capital. The program features a demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cross-cultural encounters designed to provide students with a rich and varied experience.

  • Professional work experience: Students are placed with one of over a dozen Near East and Arab region-related organizations with offices in Washington, D.C., where they are expected to work 35-40 hours per week under the direct supervision of their host organizations. Internships are unpaid.
  • Academic seminars: Students take part in twice-weekly seminar sessions designed to provide them with greater depth of knowledge about the Arab region, to underscore the cultural, economic, and political diversity of Arab states, and to explore the intricacies of Arab-U.S. relations. There will be a particular emphasis, though not exclusively, on Arabia and the Gulf.
  • Site visits: Students receive a behind-the-scenes look at many of the central institutions of the federal government, national security policymaking, international diplomacy, and international business.

NCUSAR Washington, DC Summer Internship Program

About the Program

The National Council’s Summer Internship Program offers professional work experiences combined with twice-weekly evening seminars that bring academic specialists and experienced foreign policy practitioners to meet with students in candid off-the-record discussions and dynamic question-and-answer sessions. Its objectives are:

  1. to provide a realistic work experience in a Washington, D.C.-based office that will provide pathways for career development;
  2. to offer interns exposure to the foreign policy analysis and advocacy processes in the nation’s capital;
  3. to incorporate a strong academic component focusing on U.S. political, economic, and cultural relations with Arabia and the Gulf region;
  4. to help participants begin the process of career networking by introducing them to working professionals in government, business, journalism, and NGOs; and,
  5. to highlight the wide range of career opportunities awaiting those who aspire to work in the field of U.S.-Arab relations, as well as to provide counseling on graduate school and fellowship application processes.

As complements to the program, interns will also be exposed to Washington, D.C., in a less formal manner via films, cultural events, embassy and museum visits, off-the-record conversations with former diplomats, group dinners, and suggestions for exploring the sights and sounds of the nation’s capital. This allows students to not only experience working in the city but also encourages them to appreciate the experience of living in a diverse urban environment, and to take advantage of the exciting cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities available in D.C.
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The Lebanese Cause

On October 5, 2021, the National Council convened an online program on “Unpacking Lebanon’s Crisis: Assessing the Leadership Failings Causing the Current Human Calamity.”

 

 

Joining the program were:

Featured Specialists:

  • Ms. Daizy Gedeon, Writer and Director of ENOUGH! Lebanon’s Darkest Hour; Journalist, filmmaker, and entrepreneur.
  • Mr. Ziad El Sayegh, Civic Influence Hub, Executive Director – Lebanon; Specialist in public policy and refugee issues.

Moderator:

  • Colonel (Ret.) Abbas K. Dahouk, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Board of Directors Member; Former Senior Military Advisor to U.S. Department of State; Former U.S. Defense and Army Attaché to Saudi Arabia; HyphenPoint LLC Principal.

Welcome and Context Provider:

  • Dr. John Duke Anthony, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Founding President and CEO.

Audio and video recordings of the program are available above and below, and on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and elsewhere.

“Unpacking Lebanon’s Crisis: Assessing the Leadership Failings Causing the Current Human Calamity” podcast (.mp3)

How to Grow U.S.-GCC Trade, Economic Cooperation, and Investment Opportunities?

On September 21, 2021, the National Council convened an online program exploring “How to Grow U.S.-GCC Trade, Economic Cooperation, and Investment Opportunities?”

 

 

Joining the program were:

Featured Specialists:

  • Mr. H. Delano Roosevelt, U.S.-Saudi Business Council President and CEO; Former Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce Chairman.
  • Mr. Christopher Johnson, Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce Chairman; Attorney based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; KKR Saudi Limited Chairman.
  • Mr. Robert Hager, American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar Founding Chairman; Attorney based in Doha, Qatar.
  • Mr. Steve Lutes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Middle East Affairs.
  • Ms. Sarah Karle, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Director of Middle East Affairs.
  • Ms. Liz Beneski, American Chamber of Commerce in Abu Dhabi Chief Executive Director.
  • Ms. Mary McGinnis, American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain Executive Director.
  • Mr. Fred Shuaibi, American Business Council of Kuwait Board Member.

Moderator:

  • Mr. Mike Jones, Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce Washington, D.C. Representative; Capitol Capital Group, LLC Founding President.

Welcome and Context Provider:

  • Dr. John Duke Anthony, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Founding President and CEO.

Audio and video recordings of the program are available above and below, and on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and elsewhere.

“How to Grow U.S.-GCC Trade, Economic Cooperation, and Investment Opportunities?” podcast (.mp3)

Why Egypt Should Be Your Next Destination: A Conversation with H.E. Ghada Shalaby

On September 9, 2021, the National Council convened an online program, “Why Egypt Should Be Your Next Destination,” to explore Egypt’s vibrant locales and the many renowned sites that showcase its rich cultural heritage.

 

 

Joining the program were:

Featured Specialist:

  • H.E. Ghada Shalaby, Egypt’s Vice Minister for Tourism Affairs at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

Welcome:

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

Moderator and Context Provider:

  • Dr. John Duke Anthony, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Founding President and CEO.

Energy Changes and Transitions: Why, What, Where, Who, How, and Uncertainties

On August 19, 2021, the National Council convened an online program exploring “Energy Changes and Transitions: Why, What, Where, Who, How, and Uncertainties.”

 

 

Joining the program were:

Featured Specialist:

  • Dr. Paul Sullivan, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Distinguished International Affairs Fellow; King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies Senior Research Associate; Johns Hopkins University Adjunct Professor for Energy and Environmental Security.

Moderator:

  • 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.

Welcome and Context Provider:

  • Dr. John Duke Anthony, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Founding President and CEO.

Audio and video recordings of the program are available above and below, and on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and elsewhere.

“Energy Changes and Transitions: Why, What, Where, Who, How, and Uncertainties” podcast (.mp3)

Iran and U.S. Strategy: Looking Beyond the JCPOA

On July 20, 2021, the National Council convened an online program exploring “Iran and U.S. Strategy: Looking Beyond the JCPOA.”

 

 

Joining the program were:

Featured Specialist:

  • 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.

Moderator:

  • 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.

Welcome and Context Provider:

  • Dr. John Duke Anthony, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Founding President and CEO.

Audio and video recordings of the program are available above and below, and on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and elsewhere.

“Iran and U.S. Strategy: Looking Beyond the JCPOA” podcast (.mp3)