Upcoming Event: “Yemen in Crisis: What Next?” – June 29 in Washington, DC

On June 29, 2015, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and the U.S.-GCC Corporate Cooperation Committee are hosting a public affairs briefing on Yemen in Crisis: What Next?

The featured specialists include Dr. Noel Brehony, Chair, Menas Associates; Former Chair, British Yemeni Society; Author, Yemen Divided: The Story of a Failed State in South Arabia; Ms. Sama’a Al-Hamdani, Analyst and Writer, Yemeniaty; former Assistant Political Officer, Embassy of the Republic of Yemen in Washington, DC; and Mr. Peter Salisbury, Journalist and Analyst, the Financial Times, The Economist, Vice News, and other publications; former Consultant, Chatham House Yemen Forum. Serving as moderator and facilitator will be Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President and CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; and Member, U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy and Subcommittee on Sanctions.


June 29, 2015
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. – Coffee & Tea / Networking
9:30 – 11:00 a.m. – Remarks / Q&A


Rayburn House Office Building
Room B339*
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20515

*Please note room change!


The event is free but R.S.V.P. (acceptances only) online: http://conta.cc/1TyFKkV or 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.


Dr. Noel Brehony

Dr. Noel Brehony

Dr. Noel Brehony is Chair of Menas Associates, a consultancy firm, and Chair of the Council for British Research in the Levant. He formerly served as chair of the British Society for Middle East Studies, the British Yemeni Society, the Anglo-Jordanian Society, and the Middle East Association. Dr. Brehony co-edited British-Egyptian Relations from Suez to the Present Day (2007), authored Yemen Divided: The Story of a Failed State in South Arabia, (2011), and co-edited Reconstructing Yemen (2015). He formerly served in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and is on the advisory board of the London Middle East Institute at SOAS, University of London.


Ms. Sama'a Al-Hamdani

Ms. Sama’a Al-Hamdani

Ms. Sama’a Al-Hamdani is an independent writer, researcher, and analyst focusing on Yemeni politics and women’s affairs. She writes the blog Yemeniaty (since 2010) and has published articles in Al-Monitor, Lawfare (Brookings), The National (UAE), MENASource (Atlantic Council), Quartz, Yemen Observer, Yemen Times, News Yemen, Yemen Today Magazine, Le Voix du Yemen, Al-Masdar Online, and other outlets. Ms. Al-Hamdani holds a certificate in Video Journalism from Al Arabiya and has served as an analyst on Yemen for CNN, the BBC World Service, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera America, the Huffington Post, NPR, and other television and radio networks.


Mr. Peter Salisbury

Mr. Peter Salisbury

Mr. Peter Salisbury is an independent journalist who has lived and worked across the Middle East and North Africa for the past six years, writing on politics, the economy, and development issues, with a particular focus on Yemen. He writes regularly for Al Jazeera, The Economist, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Vice News, and other publications. Mr. Salisbury also works as a researcher and consultant with clients including Chatham House, the UK Department for International Development, the UN, and the World Bank. In February 2015 he authored a Chatham House report on “Yemen and the Saudi-Iranian ‘Cold War’.” Mr. Salisbury is a former Energy Editor of MEED, the Middle East Economic Digest.


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. 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 the Committee’s Subcommittee on Sanctions (with special reference to Iran). Dr. Anthony is the only American to have been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship into the former People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen (1969-1970) and served as the only American accredited as an international observer for Yemen’s first four presidential and parliamentary elections. He has met with and been briefed by former longstanding President of Yemen (1978-2012) Ali Abdullah Saleh ten times and on a like number of occasions with other Yemeni national leaders as well as representatives of the country’s opposition from 1970 until the present. See: “Whither Saudi Arabian-Yemeni Relations?: Interests and Implications for U.S. Policies” (1999) (.pdf).