Syria and Iraq in Focus [2022 Arab-US Policymakers Conference]

The 31st Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference, Arab-U.S. Uncertainties: What Lies Ahead?, convened at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., on November 2-3, 2022. These are some of the conference proceedings.

 

 
“Syria and Iraq in Focus”

Featuring:

Dr. Andrew ParasilitiAl-Monitor President and Chief Content Officer; former RAND Center for Global Risk and Security Director.

Ambassador (Ret.) James F. Jeffrey – former U.S. Department of State Special Representative for Syria Engagement (2018-2020) and Special Envoy to the Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS (2019-2020); former United States Ambassador to Iraq (2010-2012) and Turkey (2008-2010).

Dr. Denise Natali – U.S. Department of Defense National Defense University Institute for National Strategic Studies Director; former U.S. Department of State Assistant Secretary for Conflict and Stabilization Operations.

Dr. Abbas Kadhim – Atlantic Council Iraq Initiative Director and Senior Fellow; Author, Reclaiming Iraq: The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State.

The Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference is the signature annual symposium organized and administered by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.

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)

Examining Dynamics in Iraq: A Conversation with Ambassador Dr. Fareed Yasseen

On March 22, 2021, the National Council convened an online program, “Examining Dynamics in Iraq: A Conversation with Ambassador Dr. Fareed Yasseen.”

 

 

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:

  • Colonel (Ret.) Abbas K. Dahouk, Former U.S. Department of State Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Senior Military Advisor; Former Embassy of the United States in Saudi Arabia Defense and Army Attaché; HyphenPoint LLC President; National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Board of Directors Member.

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.

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

A Conversation with H.E. Dr. Fareed Yasseen, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States

On February 26, 2020, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations in cooperation with the World Trade Center Washington, DC at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center hosted a public affairs briefing program “A Conversation with His Excellency Dr. Fareed Yasseen, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States.”

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations February 26, 2020, Public Affairs Briefing explored dynamics affecting Iraq and Iraq’s relationship with the United States.

Featured Specialist:

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

Commentator:

  • 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.

Moderator:

  • Mr. Patrick Mancino, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Executive Vice President.

A podcast recording of the program is available below and also on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and elsewhere.

 

 

“A Conversation with H.E. Dr. Fareed Yasseen” podcast (.mp3)

Strategic Dynamics of Iran’s Continuing Asymmetric Warfare

On January 9, 2020, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations hosted a public affairs briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., focused on “Strategic Dynamics of Iran’s Continuing Asymmetric Warfare: What Implications for the United States and the Region?”

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations January 9, 2020, Public Affairs Briefing examined strategic dynamics related to Iranian asymmetric warfare, and their implications for the region as well as the United States.

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations January 9, 2020, Public Affairs Briefing examined strategic dynamics related to Iranian asymmetric warfare, and their implications for the region as well as the United States.

The featured specialists included:

  • Mr. David Des Roches, Senior International Affairs Fellow, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; Associate Professor, Near East/South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University, U.S. Department of Defense.
  • 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.
  • Dr. Thomas Mattair, Middle East Policy Council Executive Director; Author of The Three Occupied UAE Islands: The Tunbs and Abu Musa and Global Security Watch – Iran: A Reference Handbook.
  • Dr. John Duke Anthony, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Founding President and CEO; Former U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy Subcommittee on Sanctions Member; 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.

A podcast recording of the program is available below along with slides from several of the speakers.

 

 

“Strategic Dynamics of Iran’s Continuing Asymmetric Warfare” podcast (.mp3)

Slides from Mr. David Des Roches – “The Iranian Way of (Near) War” (.pdf)

Slides from Dr. Anthony H. Cordesman – “The Gulf and Iran’s Capability for Asymmetric Warfare” (.pdf)

The War of 2003 & its Unintended Consequences for Iraq, the Middle East, and the United States

On July 19, 2019, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations hosted a public affairs briefing in Washington, D.C., with Dr. Zuhair Humadi exploring “The War of 2003 and its Unintended Consequences for Iraq, the Middle East, and the United States.”

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations July 19, 2019 Public Affairs Briefing featured a conversation with international education specialist Dr. Zuhair Humadi.

The featured specialist was:

  • Dr. Zuhair Humadi, International Education Specialist; Former General Director, Iraqi Education Initiative.

A podcast recording of the program is available below.

 

 

“The War of 2003 & its Unintended Consequences for Iraq, the Middle East, and the United States” podcast (.mp3)

Book Recommendations on Iraq

At a National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations July 2019 public affairs briefing with the Ambassador of Iraq to the United States, His Excellency Dr. Fareed Yasseen, a question was asked by an attendee about what books the ambassador and other specialists present might recommend to better understand the Iraqi people and society. Though generated in an ad hoc fashion and certainly non-exhaustive, the below list of books were identified during the discussion as helpful in beginning to explore Iraq’s vibrant contemporary dynamics.

Allawi, Ali A. The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007.
http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/851982045
https://www.amazon.com/Occupation-Iraq-Winning-Losing-Peace/dp/0300136145

Batatu, Hanna. The Old Social Classes & The Revolutionary Movement In Iraq: A Study of Iraq’s Old Landed and Commercial Classes and of its Communists, Baʻthists, and Free Officers. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1978.
http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/55856626
https://www.amazon.com/Social-Classes-Revolutionary-Movement-Iraq/dp/0863565204

Fernea, Elizabeth W. Guests of the Sheikh. New York: Doubleday, 1965.
http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1299671
https://www.amazon.com/Guests-Sheik-Ethnography-Iraqi-Village/dp/0385014856

Madaras, Edward F. Al Baghdadi: Tales Told By The Tigris. New York: Jesuit Mission Press, 1936.
http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1882815
https://www.amazon.com/Al-Baghdadi-tales-told-Tigris/dp/B002DIUREQ/

Makiya, Kanan. Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.
http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/38079204
https://www.amazon.com/Republic-Fear-Politics-Modern-Updated/dp/0520214390

Marr, Phebe. The Modern History of Iraq (3rd Edition). New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.
http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1048757389
https://www.amazon.com/Modern-History-Iraq-Phebe-Marr/dp/0813344433

Thesiger, Wilfred. The Marsh Arabs. London: Longmans, 1964.
http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2132535
https://www.amazon.com/Marsh-Arabs-Penguin-Classics/dp/0141442085

Tripp, Charles. A History of Iraq (3rd Edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/657649733
https://www.amazon.com/History-Iraq-Charles-Tripp/dp/052170247X

Tripp, Charles. Islam and the Moral Economy: The Challenge of Capitalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/254354997
https://www.amazon.com/Islam-Moral-Economy-Challenge-Capitalism/dp/0521863775

Exploring the Iraq-United States Relationship

On July 9, 2019, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations hosted a public affairs briefing in Washington, D.C., with His Excellency Dr. Fareed Yasseen focused on “Exploring the Iraq-United States Relationship.”

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations July 9, 2019 Public Affairs Briefing featured a conversation with His Excellency Dr. Fareed Yasseen, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States of America.

The featured specialists were:

  • His Excellency Dr. Fareed Yasseen, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States of America.
  • Dr. John Duke Anthony, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Founding President and CEO.

A podcast recording of the program is available below.

 

 

“Exploring the Iraq-United States Relationship: A Conversation with His Excellency Dr. Fareed Yasseen” podcast (.mp3)