National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Presents Global Leadership in Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Award to Dina Powell McCormick & Dina Powell McCormick and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women

On the occasion of its 31st Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (“National Council”) announced its first-ever GLOBAL LEADERSHIP IN EMPOWERING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AWARD was presented to Dina Powell McCormick and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women. The award was bestowed in recognition of their exemplary efforts in fostering shared economic growth through providing training and resources to underserved populations.

 

National Council Founding President & CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony noted that under Dina Powell McCormick’s leadership the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Program had made extraordinary investments with the goal of empowering women in communities around the world. He commented on the ways in which the Council’s educational goals were aligned with the objectives of the 10,000 Women Program—with a particular focus of each being on educating the emerging generation of future leaders. Dr. Anthony also highlighted how tens of thousands of women in the Arab region had benefited from the 10,000 Women Program’s tools.

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Founding President & CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony with 10,000 Women Program graduate Reem Fawzy, President and CEO of Rimo Tours and Pink Taxi, at the 31st Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference in Washington, D.C.

Traveling from Cairo, Egypt, to accept the award in-person at the conference was 10,000 Women Program graduate Reem Fawzy. The President and CEO of Rimo Tours and Pink Taxi, Reem noted how the 10,000 Women Program helped revive her tourism business and provided her a platform for further entrepreneurial endeavors.

 


 

Surveying Geo-Political Dynamics in Arab North Africa: What Implications for the United States and the Region?

On January 27, 2022, the National Council convened an online program “Surveying Geo-Political Dynamics in Arab North Africa: What Implications for the United States and the Region?”

 

 

Joining the program were:

Featured Specialist:

  • Dr. William Lawrence, American University School of International Service Professor and C&O Resources Senior Advisor; Analyst, Educator, International Programs Director, and Former Diplomat.

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.

“Surveying Geo-Political Dynamics in Arab North Africa: What Implications for the United States and the Region?” 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.

League of Arab States Secretary-General to Address Youth Leadership Development Program

Groundbreaking National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Event

 

Students in the Youth Leadership Development Program / Model Arab League role-play as diplomats representing different Arab countries. As they analyze and address issues from a perspective different than their own, they dramatically improve their ability to think critically and empathetically.

Washington, D.C.: During the final weekend in March, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (“National Council” / “Council”) will host the leader of the Arab region’s oldest regional organization. His Excellency Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States (“Arab League”), will address the Council’s forthcoming 38th Annual National Youth Leadership Development / Model Arab League Conference. The Secretary-General will make remarks to the Council’s student-led forum virtually from the League’s headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.

Background and Context

Each school year, the National Council convenes as many as 25 different Youth Leadership Development Program / Model Arab League conferences. The forums are held in more than 20 cities throughout the United States, reaching a large and diverse collection of future American and Arab leaders.

Since its establishment 38 years ago, the National Council’s Youth Leadership Development Program has produced over 50,000 alumni. Many of the former participants now serve as elected and appointed leaders, prominent diplomats, national security analysts, commanders in the United States and other countries’ armed forces, international media correspondents, international business executives, and a broad range of other roles and positions where they work to sustain and deepen the Arab-U.S. relationship.

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Egypt’s Evolving Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities

On January 14, 2021, the National Council convened an online program exploring “Egypt’s Evolving Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities.”

 

 

Joining the program were:

Featured Specialist:

  • H.E. Motaz Zahran, Ambassador of Egypt to the United States; Former Egypt Assistant Foreign Minister and Chief of Cabinet at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Moderator and Discussant:

  • Former U.S. Representative Ed Royce, Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California (1993-2019) and Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (2013-2019); Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP Policy Director.

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.

“Egypt’s Evolving Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities” podcast (.mp3)

“Geo-Political Dynamics: Egypt and North Africa” – 24th Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

Session on Geo-Political Dynamics: Egypt and North Africa with Ms. Ellen Laipson, Dr. William Lawrence, Dr. Dirk Vandewalle, Dr. Paul Sullivan, and Dr. Abderrahim Foukara from the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations’ 24th Annual Arab-US Policymakers’ Conference, “U.S.-Arab Relations at a Crossroads: What Paths Forward?,” on October 15, 2015, in Washington, DC.

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The Consolidation of a New Arab Political Order

Operation Decisive Storm Coalition Forces' spokesman Saudi Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri provides a briefing on developments in the campaign.

Operation Decisive Storm Coalition Forces’ spokesman Saudi Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri provides a briefing on developments in the campaign. Photo: Saudi Press Agency.

While the Saudi-led Operation Decisive Storm against the Yemeni Houthis and their allies continues and its long-term results are so far unknown, it is not pre-mature to project that a new Arab political order is being consolidated. Its elements include a firm and sustainable commitment to fight extremism and sectarianism, bring order and stability to the heart of the Arab world – namely, Syria and Iraq – and design, chart, and lead an independent course for the protection of pan-Arab national interests.

Such an order has a leader in the collective energies and capabilities of the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, with Saudi Arabia as a first among equals, and essential assistance from such countries as Egypt, Jordan, and Morocco. Indeed, to assure its collective interests, arrive at a hoped-for peaceful stability, and sustain much needed political, economic, and social development, the Arab world must coalesce around a strong political order that can utilize its capacities and permissible international conditions to achieve what it needs and deserves. Importantly, the consolidated new Arab political order appears to emphasize essential principles that require astute judgment, committed resources, and continuous vigilance.

Fighting Extremism and Sectarianism

The status quo states of the new Arab order are cognizant of the threats represented by the plethora of extremist groups operating at the heart of the Arab world. In Yemen, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has staked a claim in Hadramawt Province abutting the Saudi Arabian border after it lost its bases in Shabwa and Abyan to the west. In Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State group has erased the borders between the two countries in a mission to re-establish an imagined and borderless Islamic Caliphate while al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front controls strategic areas of Syria. Both organizations are serious threats to Lebanon and its pluralist political society.

In Libya, the Islamic State group, al-Qaeda affiliated Ansar ash-Shari’a, and a sundry of militias have settled, and promise to both keep the country unstable and use it as a base to spread chaos and mayhem elsewhere. In Tunisia and Egypt, jihadist extremists are waging a war of attrition against state security institutions. The actors of the consolidating Arab political order must know full well that they alone can address this threat in a fashion that combines a sense of shared responsibility for common interests and an attempt at forging an independent course that serves such interests.

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Geo-Political Dynamics: Egypt & Arab North Africa – 2014 Arab-US Policymakers Conference

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations23rd Annual Arab U.S.-Policymakers Conference included a session on “Geo-Political Dynamics: Egypt & Arab North Africa” that featured Dr. Paul Sullivan, Dr. Michele Dunne, Ms. Ellen Laipson, Dr. Michael Hudson, and Dr. William Lawrence.

An audio and video recording of the session as well as a link to the transcript are available below. Videos of the entire 2014 conference are available on YouTube and podcasts of the conference are available through iTunes and FeedBurner.

 

 

Transcript (.pdf)

Audio only: