The Biden Presidency, the GCC, and Iran

On January 28, 2021, the National Council convened an online program exploring “The Biden Presidency, the GCC, and Iran.”

 

 

Joining the program were:

Featured Specialists:

  • Dr. Mohammed S. Alsulami, Rasanah: International Institute for Iranian Studies Founder and Chairman.
  • Mr. Norman Roule, Former United States National Intelligence Manager for Iran; United Against a Nuclear Iran Senior Advisor.
  • 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 and Discussant:

  • Mr. Joshua Yaphe, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Scholar-in-Residence.

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.

 

 

“The Biden Presidency, the GCC, and Iran” podcast (.mp3)

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)

2021 Internship and Summer Scholars Program

Virtual Internship and Summer Scholars Program

May 24 – July 30, 2021

NCUSAR Washington, DC Summer Internship Program Students

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations’ 2021 Internship and Summer Scholars Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship with an organization from 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the pandemic, the National Council’s 2021 Internship and Summer Scholars Program will be administered virtually.

  • 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 (remotely) 35-40 hours per week under the direct supervision of their host organizations. Internships are unpaid.
  • Academic seminars: Students take part in online 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 virtual behind-the-scenes look at many of the central institutions of 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 online evening seminars that bring academic experts and experienced foreign policy practitioners to meet with the interns in candid off-the-record discussions and dynamic question-and-answer sessions. Its objectives are:

  1. to provide a realistic work experience, which at present includes remote work, 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.

In the event that work experience opportunities are limited, select students may be invited to join the summer program with an academically-oriented project replacing the workplace internship experience.

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29th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference Proceedings

The Next U.S. Presidency:
Implications for the U.S.-Arab Relationship

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference gathers internationally renowned specialists to analyze, discuss, and debate issues of over-arching importance to the American and Arab people’s needs, concerns, interests, and key foreign policy objectives. It is the largest annual gathering in America dedicated to studying, understanding, and promoting the U.S.-Arab relationship.

The 29th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference – The Next U.S. Presidency: Implications for the U.S.-Arab Relationship – was broadcast live online November 17-19, 2020. Audio and video recordings of the program are available below as well as on YouTubeApple PodcastsSpotify, and elsewhere.

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Business, Trade, and Investment Opportunities in Saudi Arabia: What You Need to Know

On October 22, 2020, the National Council and the World Trade Center Washington, DC convened a roundtable discussion on “Business, Trade, and Investment Opportunities in Saudi Arabia: What You Need to Know.”

 

 

Joining the program were:

Welcoming Remarks:

  • Mr. Andrew Gelfuso, World Trade Center Washington, DC Director; TCMA at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Vice President.

Context Provider:

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

Featured Specialists:

  • Mr. H. Delano Roosevelt, U.S.-Saudi Business Council President and CEO.
  • Mr. Ahmed Abuzinadah, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. Commercial Attaché.
  • Mr. Abdulrahman T. Bakir, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Investment U.S. Office Vice President.

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

 

 

“Business, Trade, and Investment Opportunities in Saudi Arabia: What You Need to Know” podcast (.mp3)

“Vision or Mirage” Book Discussion & Perspectives on U.S. Relationships in Arabia and the Gulf

On September 10, 2020, the National Council convened a Vision or Mirage: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads Book Discussion and Perspectives on United States Relationships in Arabia and the Gulf” online briefing program.

 

 

Joining the program were:

Featured Specialist:

  • Mr. David H. Rundell, Vision Or Mirage: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads Author and Former United States Diplomat.

Commentator:

  • Ambassador (Ret.) Michael Gfoeller, Former United States Diplomat, and Consultant on Foreign Affairs and International Security.

Moderator 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.

 

 

“‘Vision or Mirage’ Book Discussion and Perspectives on U.S. Relationships in Arabia and the Gulf” podcast (.mp3)

Racism and Prejudice in America and the Arab World

On August 25, 2020, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies convened a discussion exploring “Racism and Prejudice in America and the Arab World.”

 

 

Joining the program were:

Featured Specialists:

  • Dr. Hoda Al-Helaissi, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Majlis al-Shura Member and Bureau of Experts Consultant.
  • Dr. Chouki El-Hamel, Arizona State University Professor and Author of Black Morocco.
  • Mr. Ismail Kushkush, Freelance Journalist and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Fellow.
  • Dr. Muhammad Al-Wuhaib, Kuwait University Department of Philosophy Chairman.

Introduction and Context Provider:

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

Closing Remarks:

  • Bishop Aubrey Harley, Healthy Choice Ministries (Baltimore, MD).

Moderators:

  • Mr. Joshua Yaphe, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Scholar-in-Residence.
  • Ms. Hanin Al-Sudais, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies Research Fellow.

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

 

 

“Racism and Prejudice in America and the Arab World” podcast (.mp3)

Beyond the Proxy War: The Search for a Solution to the Crisis in Libya

On August 18, 2020, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations convened a discussion exploring dynamics in Libya titled “Beyond the Proxy War.”

 

 

Joining the program were:

Featured Specialists:

  • Mr. Jalel Harchaoui, Clingendael Institute (The Netherlands Institute of International Relations) Conflict Research Unit Research Fellow.
  • Dr. Virginie Collombier, European University Institute of Florence (Italy) Professor; Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies Middle East Directions Programme Scientific Coordinator.
  • Mr. Jonathan M. Winer, Former United States Special Envoy for Libya; Middle East Institute Non-Resident Scholar.

Moderator:

  • Dr. William Lawrence, American University School of International Service Professor of Political Science and International Affairs.

Welcoming Remarks:

  • 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.

 

 

“Beyond the Proxy War: The Search for a Solution to the Crisis in Libya” podcast (.mp3)