Upcoming Event: “Qatar: ‘Understood’ and ‘Misunderstood’” – April 1 in Washington, DC

President Barack Obama and His Excellency Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari

President Barack Obama receives the credentials of His Excellency Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari as Qatar’s Ambassador to the United States at the White House in March 2014.

On April 1, 2014, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is hosting a public affairs briefing on “Qatar – ‘Understood’ And ‘Misunderstood’: A Conversation with His Excellency Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari, Ambassador of Qatar to the United States.” Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President & CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, will serve as moderator.

Few Arab countries are as misunderstood as the State of Qatar. Selected by FIFA to host the 2022 World Cup; allegedly the world’s richest country per capita; site of ten branch university campuses of some of the world’s most prominent institutions of higher education; renowned as the leading supplier of Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) to the rest of the world and accounting for a quarter of the world’s LNG exports; forward deployed headquarters of the US Central Command, from which the air components of the American-led military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq were coordinated; and of Arabia and the Gulf’s nine countries, arguably the one to have experienced the least disruptive restructuring of its pre-oil economic and political moorings – Qatar is all these things and more. It is hard to know how or where to begin in any effort to describe and explain the dynamics of change and constancy within Qatar’s government, the country’s economics, political dynamics, and key foreign policies as well as its relations with its neighbors and beyond.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Refreshments / Networking
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Remarks / Q&A


Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-339
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20515


The event is free but R.S.V.P. (acceptances only) via email to rsvp@ncusar.org is required.

Please note: seating capacity is limited. Include the following information when you R.S.V.P.:

If you have any questions you can call the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations at (202) 293-6466.

H.E. Ambassador Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari

H.E. Ambassador Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari H.E. Ambassador Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari presented his credentials as Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the United States to President Barack Obama on March 10, 2014. Ambassador Al Kuwari served for a decade as Qatar’s Ambassador to France and accredited to Switzerland and the Holy See. In 2007, he became Qatar’s non-resident Ambassador to Monaco and Portugal. Ambassador Al Kuwari joined Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1981. He was awarded The Grand Cross of the Order of St. Gregory the Great from the Holy See in 2006 and The Grand Cross of the Order of Merit from Portugal in 2012. In 2007, the President of France presented him with an officer badge of the Legion of Honor, the highest decoration in France.

Dr. John Duke Anthony

Dr. John Duke Anthony Dr. John Duke Anthony is the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. Dating from before the country’s independence in 1971, he has been a visitor to Qatar nearly twenty times. Dr. Anthony writes frequently about Qatar, including contributing the annual essay on Qatar in Encyclopaedia Britannica. On June 22, 2000, on his first official state visit to the United States, H.M. King Muhammad VI of Morocco knighted Dr. Anthony, bestowing upon him Morocco’s highest award for excellence. Dr. Anthony currently serves on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy and its Subcommittee on Sanctions. He is the only American to have been invited to each of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s Ministerial and Heads of State Summits since the GCC’s inception in 1981.
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