Examining Saudi Arabia’s Humanitarian Outreach: A Conversation with H.E. Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah

On April 15, 2021, the National Council convened an online program, “Examining Saudi Arabia’s Humanitarian Outreach: A Conversation with H.E. Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah.”

 

 

Joining the program were:

Featured Specialist:

  • His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, King Salman Humanitarian Aid & Relief Centre Supervisor General; Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Royal Court Advisor; Former Saudi Arabia Minister of Health.

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 Saudi Arabia’s Humanitarian Outreach: A Conversation with H.E. Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah” podcast (.mp3)

“Saudi Arabia Transformation: Uncertainty and Sustainability” Book Discussion

On February 16, 2021, the National Council and the U.S.-Saudi Business Council convened an online book discussion of Saudi Arabia Transformation: Uncertainty and Sustainability.

 

 

Joining the program were:

Featured Specialist:

  • Dr. Turki Faisal Al Rasheed, Author, Saudi Arabia Transformation: Uncertainty and Sustainability (Routledge 2021); Golden Grass, Inc. Founder and Chief Executive Officer; University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Adjunct Professor.

Commentator:

  • Dr. Paul Joyce, University of Birmingham (UK) Institute of Local Government Studies Associate; Leeds Beckett University Visiting Professor in Public Management; International Institute of Administrative Sciences Publications Director.

Moderator and Discussant:

  • Mr. H. Delano Roosevelt, U.S.-Saudi Business Council President and CEO.

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.

“‘Saudi Arabia Transformation: Uncertainty and Sustainability’ Book Discussion” podcast (.mp3)

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)

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)

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Hosts U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid

The National Council honored Ambassador John Abizaid ahead of his departure for Saudi Arabia.

On April 15, 2019, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations was honored to host an evening discussion with newly-appointed United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid. Attendees from the National Council included Founding President and CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony, Chairman John Pratt, and Executive Vice President Patrick Mancino. Joining the discussion were State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arabian Gulf Affairs Timothy Lenderking, LEO A DALY Chairman and CEO Leo A. Daly III, Chargé D’affaires of the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington Sami Al-Sadhan, and select American private sector leaders.

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Presents Global Interfaith Peace Award to His Excellency Dr. Sheikh Mohammad Ibn Abdulkarim Alissa

Washington, DC: On February 15, 2019, in Washington, DC, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations was honored and privileged to present its GLOBAL INTERFAITH PEACE AWARD to His Excellency Dr. Sheikh Mohammad Ibn Abdulkarim Alissa. The Award was conveyed in recognition of His Excellency’s efforts to promote peace and justice through interfaith dialogue and understanding.

Muslim World League Secretary General H.E. Dr. Sheikh Mohammad Ibn Abdulkarim Alissa with National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Founding President & CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony.

Sheikh Alissa is the Secretary General of the Muslim World League, an international, non-governmental Islamic organization based in the Holy City of Makkah, Saudi Arabia. He is also Chairman of the International Body of Muslim Scholars. Sheikh Alissa additionally serves as the General Supervisor at the Ideological Warfare Center of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Defense as well as a Member of the Senior Scholars Organization in Saudi Arabia.

Sheikh Alissa has hosted dialogues around the world to promote tolerance, co-existence, and peace. A leading voice for moderation, he lectures regularly in Saudi Arabia and abroad about Islamic jurisprudence and judicial theories as well as comparative legal and religious systems. He has authored numerous books and publications on legal, doctrinal, and human rights issues.

Jeddah: Gateway to Mecca and A Living Cultural Artifact

Paige Peterson is the Executive Vice President of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation and a board member of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations in Washington, D.C.

This photo essay illustrates her visit to Jeddah’s Old City, on the Red Sea, in Saudi Arabia.

 

 

Health conferences are held everywhere but there is a special pleasure in attending one in Jeddah. Having visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia many times for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, I have experienced the genuine warmth of Arab hospitality. To have the opportunity to visit friends there and attend the Saudi American Health Care Forum in Jeddah was a double pleasure.

Accepting an award on behalf of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation from Adel A. Shakoor and HRH Prince Mish’al bin Majed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Governor of Jeddah.

While in Jeddah, I was invited to stay in the guesthouse of my dear friend Fawzia Algosaibi, wife of Saleh Alturki, a prominent Saudi Arabian businessman who was recently named Mayor of Jeddah. What was planned as a two week trip turned into a stay of almost two months but my hosts were beyond gracious. Their hospitality gave me precious time to tour the western seaboard of Saudi Arabia.

With Saleh Alturki, Mayor of Jeddah.

I spent time exploring and photographing the once walled-in city of Old Jeddah, which was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014. It’s a cliché to say that a picture can be worth a thousand words. These pictures were worth more than that for me — this visit was like time travel, transporting me to another century. It’s a privilege to share my story here.

 

 

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