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)

The Lebanese Cause

On October 5, 2021, the National Council convened an online program on “Unpacking Lebanon’s Crisis: Assessing the Leadership Failings Causing the Current Human Calamity.”

 

 

Joining the program were:

Featured Specialists:

  • Ms. Daizy Gedeon, Writer and Director of ENOUGH! Lebanon’s Darkest Hour; Journalist, filmmaker, and entrepreneur.
  • Mr. Ziad El Sayegh, Civic Influence Hub, Executive Director – Lebanon; Specialist in public policy and refugee issues.

Moderator:

  • Colonel (Ret.) Abbas K. Dahouk, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Board of Directors Member; Former Senior Military Advisor to U.S. Department of State; Former U.S. Defense and Army Attaché to Saudi Arabia; HyphenPoint LLC Principal.

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.

“Unpacking Lebanon’s Crisis: Assessing the Leadership Failings Causing the Current Human Calamity” podcast (.mp3)

How to Grow U.S.-GCC Trade, Economic Cooperation, and Investment Opportunities?

On September 21, 2021, the National Council convened an online program exploring “How to Grow U.S.-GCC Trade, Economic Cooperation, and Investment Opportunities?”

 

 

Joining the program were:

Featured Specialists:

  • Mr. H. Delano Roosevelt, U.S.-Saudi Business Council President and CEO; Former Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce Chairman.
  • Mr. Christopher Johnson, Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce Chairman; Attorney based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; KKR Saudi Limited Chairman.
  • Mr. Robert Hager, American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar Founding Chairman; Attorney based in Doha, Qatar.
  • Mr. Steve Lutes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Middle East Affairs.
  • Ms. Sarah Karle, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Director of Middle East Affairs.
  • Ms. Liz Beneski, American Chamber of Commerce in Abu Dhabi Chief Executive Director.
  • Ms. Mary McGinnis, American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain Executive Director.
  • Mr. Fred Shuaibi, American Business Council of Kuwait Board Member.

Moderator:

  • Mr. Mike Jones, Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce Washington, D.C. Representative; Capitol Capital Group, LLC Founding President.

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.

“How to Grow U.S.-GCC Trade, Economic Cooperation, and Investment Opportunities?” 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.

Energy Changes and Transitions: Why, What, Where, Who, How, and Uncertainties

On August 19, 2021, the National Council convened an online program exploring “Energy Changes and Transitions: Why, What, Where, Who, How, and Uncertainties.”

 

 

Joining the program were:

Featured Specialist:

  • Dr. Paul Sullivan, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Distinguished International Affairs Fellow; King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies Senior Research Associate; Johns Hopkins University Adjunct Professor for Energy and Environmental Security.

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.

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.

“Energy Changes and Transitions: Why, What, Where, Who, How, and Uncertainties” podcast (.mp3)

Iran and U.S. Strategy: Looking Beyond the JCPOA

On July 20, 2021, the National Council convened an online program exploring “Iran and U.S. Strategy: Looking Beyond the JCPOA.”

 

 

Joining the program were:

Featured Specialist:

  • 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.

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.

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.

“Iran and U.S. Strategy: Looking Beyond the JCPOA” podcast (.mp3)

Carolinas Committee on U.S.-Arab Relations Spring 2021 “NEWSLINES”

The Carolinas Committee on U.S.-Arab Relations (CCUSAR), with Dr. Joe P. Dunn serving as Director, is an initiative of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. Dr. Dunn is an alumnus of the Council’s Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies Program, the coordinator of the Southeast Model Arab League conference, and the faculty advisor heading the Converse College Youth Leadership Development / Model Arab League program.

CCUSAR recently published its Spring 2021 “NEWSLINES” newsletter, available for download through the link below.

The issue features:

  • powerful illustrations and testimonials from participants in the National Council’s Youth Leadership Development Program / Model Arab League, sharing how the program impacted them; along with
  • observations on how the Youth Leadership Development Program / Model Arab League adapted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; and also
  • a book review of Munther Isaac’s The Other Side of the Wall: A Palestinian Narrative of Lament and Hope.

DOWNLOAD “CCUSAR NEWSLINES (Spring 2021)” [PDF]

Regional Dynamics in Context: A Conversation with H.E. Walid Joumblatt

On April 12, 2021, the National Council convened an online program, “Regional Dynamics in Context: A Conversation with H.E. Walid Joumblatt.”

 

 

Joining the program were:

Featured Specialist:

  • H.E. Walid Joumblatt, Progressive Socialist Party (Lebanon) President; Lebanese politician and leader.

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.

“Regional Dynamics in Context: A Conversation with H.E. Walid Joumblatt” podcast (.mp3)