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.”

 

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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)

Life Within Six Feet: The Impact of Social Distancing on Society

On June 24, 2020, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and the Dubai Public Policy Research Center (b’huth) convened a discussion exploring the impact of social distancing on society titled “Life Within Six Feet.”

 

 

Joining the program were:

Featured Specialists:

  • Mr. Rafic Makki, Mubadala Ventures Fellow and Head of Technology.
  • Mr. Nasser Al Sheikh, Emirates National Holding Chairman and Former Dubai Finance Department Director General.
  • Dr. Omar Al-Ubaidly, Derasat Director of Research.
  • Dr. Anita Blanchard, University of North Carolina Charlotte Associate Professor of Psychology and Organization Science.
  • Mr. Selim Eddé, Google Middle East and North Africa Director and Head of Public Policy.

Welcoming Remarks:

  • Dr. John Duke Anthony, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Founding President and CEO.
  • Mr. Patrick Mancino, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Executive Vice President and Director of Development.

Closing Remarks:

  • Mr. Mohammed Baharoon, Dubai Public Policy Research Center (b’huth) Director General.

Moderator:

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

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

 

 

“Life Within Six Feet: The Impact of Social Distancing on Society” podcast (.mp3)

Short-Term Pain, Long-Term Opportunity in Saudi Arabia

On June 17, 2020, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and the Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce convened a discussion exploring business and investment dynamics in Saudi Arabia titled “Short-Term Pain, Long-Term Opportunity: Taking Stock of an Extraordinary Moment in the Saudi Arabian-United States Business Relationship.”

 

 

Joining the program were:

Featured Specialists:

  • Mr. Christopher Johnson, Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce Chairman; Attorney based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; KKR Saudi Limited Chairman.
  • Mr. H. Delano Roosevelt, U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council President and Chief Executive Officer; Former Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce Chairman; National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Board of Directors Member.
  • Mr. Ahmed Abuzinadah, Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. Commercial Attaché.

Context Provider and Moderator:

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

Welcoming Remarks:

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

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

 

 

“Short-Term Pain, Long-Term Opportunity: Taking Stock of an Extraordinary Moment in the Saudi Arabian-United States Business Relationship” podcast (.mp3)

Eye on Oman: Constancy Amid Modernization and Development

On June 11, 2020, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations convened a discussion exploring dynamics in Oman and the Oman-U.S. relationship titled “Eye on Oman: Constancy Amid Modernization and Development.”

 

 

Joining the program were:

Featured Specialists:

  • H.E. Dr. Mohamed Al Hassan, Sultanate of Oman Ambassador to the United Nations; Former Oman Ministry of Foreign Affairs Acting Undersecretary for Diplomatic Affairs; Former Ambassador of Oman to Russia.
  • Ambassador (Ret.) Richard J. Schmierer, Former United States Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman (2009-2012); Middle East Policy Council Chairman of the Board of Directors and President.
  • Professor Linda Pappas Funsch, Author of Oman Reborn: Balancing Tradition and Modernization; Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center Research Fellow; National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Malone Fellow and International Advisory Board Member.

Context Provider and Moderator:

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

Welcoming Remarks:

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

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

 

 

“Eye on Oman: Constancy Amid Modernization and Development” podcast (.mp3)

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations 2020 Internship and Summer Scholars Program Underway

Participation Increases in Popular Student Program

 

Washington, D.C.: The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (“National Council”) Annual 10-week University Student Internship and Summer Scholars Program began on May 26, 2020. Keynoting the inaugural session – and serving as the lead lecturer and resource specialist for the duration of the program – was Dr. John Duke Anthony, the National Council’s Founding President and CEO. Dr. Anthony provided background, context, and perspective regarding the Council’s vision and educational mission together with its achievements over the course of the Council’s 37-year history. This year, 31 students – a record high number – are participating in the summer youth leadership development program from academic institutions around the globe.

Students in the National Council's 2020 Summer Intern and Scholars Program.

The National Council’s 2020 Summer Intern and Scholars Program is being administered entirely online. The rigorous, digitally-driven program and agenda provide a range of rich and exhilarating opportunities for participants.

A core component of the summer’s twice-weekly academic seminars has the participants interacting with Dr. Anthony and National Council staff together with an array of internationally-renowned scholars on the Arab region, the Middle East, and the Islamic world. With a particular focus on Arabia and the Gulf, the seminars examine the region’s governments and politics in addition to its people’s respective needs, concerns, and continuing quests for modernization and development amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The seminars are also designed to enable the students to hone their analytical, writing, and public speaking skills that will serve them in whatever paths their future careers might take. In advance of each seminar session, the students read, critique, and respond to assigned publications written by specialists with first-hand experience in the region.

The National Council’s 2020 Summer Internship Program is being administered entirely online. The program provides the participants virtual visits to institutions of the Executive and Legislative branches of government, national security policymaking, diplomacy, and international business. Combined with the two-and-a-half month long academic seminars and the opportunities to improve their communications and critical thinking skills, the web-based program enables the interns and summer scholars to have a rich and varied educational experience in the nation’s capital.

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Summer Internship and Scholars Program provides a fertile training ground and an invaluable experience for young leaders interested in careers devoted to bridging divides and enhancing the U.S.-Arab relationship.

Among the program’s numerous highlights is the students’ participation in an intensive two-day digital leadership development conference like no other, the National Council’s Model Arab League, which to date has more than 50,000 alumni. The experience provides the participants an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to speak, write, and edit quickly, clearly, and effectively, in addition to practicing parliamentary procedure and drafting resolutions, while also learning how to represent in character a real life Arab diplomat tasked with representing their country in competition with other diplomats.

About the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations: Founded in 1983 and based in Washington, D.C., the National Council is an American non-profit, non-governmental, educational organization. The Council pursues its educational mission through nine programs, projects, events, and activities. Each is dedicated to enhancing American awareness and appreciation of the extraordinary benefits that the United States has long derived from its special relationships with countries in the Arab region – and vice versa.

At the center of the National Council’s efforts to advance American knowledge and understanding of Arab culture, societal dynamics, and systems of governance are the Council’s flagship education, training, and leadership development programs. These are designed to elevate the leadership skills and empirical Arab-centric educational experiences of the emerging generation of young Americans and Arabs. Upon their shoulders will rest the responsibility for ensuring that the relationships between the American and Arab peoples are continuously strengthened, improved, and sustained far into the future.

Information about the Council can be found at ncusar.org.