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.”

 

**PLEASE NOTE: Due to a technical error, the video is initially silent and the audio does come on until approximately 45 seconds into the broadcast. Apologies for any confusion this causes.**

 

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)

Sports Diplomacy in the Middle East

On May 19, 2020, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations in cooperation with the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies convened a roundtable discussion exploring “Sports Diplomacy in the Middle East.”

 

 

Joining the program were:

Featured Specialists:

  • HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, President of the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronics and Intellectual Sports and the Arab eSports Federation.
  • Ms. Shaima Saleh Al-Husseini, Managing Director of the Saudi Sports for All Federation.
  • Mr. Mark Clark, CEO of Generations for Peace, a Jordon-based NGO promoting sustainable conflict transformation.
  • Mr. Kemp Gouldin, Founder of Because Baseball, a non-profit dedicated to bringing baseball to schools in the Arab world.
  • Mr. Ryan Murphy, Middle East specialist in the U.S. State Department’s Office of Sports Diplomacy.
  • Mr. Hozaifa Al-Maleh, Former member of the Syrian national basketball team and international professional basketball player.

Opening Remarks:

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

Concluding Remarks:

  • Dr. Heidi A. Alaskary, CEO of the Special Olympics Saudi Arabian Federation.

Moderator:

  • Mr. Joshua Yaphe, Arabian Peninsula Analyst at the U.S. State Department.

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

 

 

“Sports Diplomacy in the Middle East” podcast (.mp3)

Energy, Economic, and Defense Dynamics During a Time of Pandemic

On April 15, 2020, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations in partnership with the World Trade Center of Washington, DC at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center recorded a discussion exploring “Energy, Economic, and Defense Dynamics During a Time of Pandemic.”

 

 

Joining the program were:

Featured Specialists:

  • Dr. Paul Sullivan, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Distinguished International Affairs Fellow; National Defense University Professor of Economics; Johns Hopkins University Adjunct Professor for Energy and Environmental Security; Federation of American Scientists Adjunct Senior Fellow for Future Global Resource Threats.
  • Ms. Kirsten Fontenrose, Atlantic Council Middle East Programs Director of Regional Security; former White House National Security Council Senior Director for Gulf Affairs.
  • Mr. Phillip Cornell, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center Nonresident Senior Fellow; Former Saudi Aramco Senior Corporate Planning Advisor; Former International Energy Agency Special Advisor.

Context Provider:

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

Moderator:

  • Mr. David Des Roches, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Senior International Affairs Fellow; U.S. Department of Defense National Defense University Near East/South Asia Center for Strategic Studies Associate Professor.

Welcoming Remarks:

  • Mr. Andrew Gelfuso, World Trade Center Washington, DC Director.

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

 

 

“Energy, Economic, and Defense Dynamics During a Time of Pandemic” podcast (.mp3)

Dr. John Duke Anthony on “Certainties and Uncertainties Regarding Iran, the Arab Region, and the United States”

On February 6, 2020, Dr. John Duke Anthony spoke to the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs on the subject “Certainties and Uncertainties Regarding Iran, the Arab Region, and the United States: What are the Implications?” A video recording of the program is available below. A podcast recording of the program is also available below as well as on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and elsewhere.

 

 

 

Dr. John Duke Anthony – “Certainties and Uncertainties Regarding Iran, the Arab Region, and the United States: What are the Implications?” podcast (.mp3)

The Passing of a Knight: A Remembrance of Shafiq Kombargi

In the field of U.S.-Arab relations and much more, Shafiq Kombargi was an extraordinary individual. He was not just my friend. He was the friend of untold numbers of others. Those who loved and admired the man were countless. His passing brings a moment of great sadness.

Shafiq Kombargi

Numerous specialists in the Arab region and U.S.-Arab affairs never met Shafiq, and some may not even have heard of him. Yet few individuals can match the outsized positive and enduring influence that Shafiq had on so many people’s lives.

The evidence is abundant. Shafiq’s sustained imprint upon innumerable United States-affiliated educational and cross-cultural institutions is massive.

Reaching Out to Others

Shafiq’s contributions were not those of a renowned researcher, scholar, university professor, or publicist. He was none of those. Yet all who labor in one or more of those fields have long been in his debt.

Shafiq’s gifts to Arab-U.S. cooperation and cross-cultural understanding were mostly made indirectly. In various instances, his accomplishments were achieved through and apart from his decades-long career with what was originally known as the Arabian American Oil Company, which in time became Saudi Aramco, and that, to this day, operates a subsidiary entity in the United States known as Aramco Services Company. Indeed, these entities had Shafiq’s back.

Often, Shafiq’s contributions were made from behind the scenes. Reduced to a single word, he was an enabler. Certainly, in addition to the example he set in other areas of endeavor, that’s how he influenced my life; doubtless, others can say the same.

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Yemen: How Near or Distant a Resolution to its Present Conflict?

On March 21, 2019, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations hosted a public affairs briefing in Washington, D.C. exploring “Yemen: How Near or Distant a Resolution to its Present Conflict?”

Specialists at the National Council’s March 21, 2019 public affairs briefing included Dr. John Duke Anthony, H.E. Dr. Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, Mr. Timothy Pounds, Ms. Summer Nasser, Dr. Stephen W. Day, and Colonel (Ret.) Abbas Dahouk.

The featured specialists included:

  • H.E. Dr. Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, Ambassador of the Republic of Yemen to the United States; Office of Yemen’s President Chief of Staff; Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference Secretary General;
  • Mr. Timothy Pounds, U.S. Department of State Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs Director; former U.S. Embassy in Bahrain Deputy Chief of Mission;
  • Dr. Stephen W. Day, Editor of Global, Regional, and Local Dynamics in Yemen’s War (early 2020) and Author of Regionalism and Rebellion in Yemen: A Troubled National Union (2012); Rollins College Adjunct Professor of International Affairs;
  • Ms. Summer Nasser, Yemen Aid Chairperson; Speaker and analyst on Yemeni affairs; and,
  • Colonel (Ret.) Abbas K. Dahouk, former U.S. Department of State Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Senior Military Advisor; former Embassy of the U.S. in Saudi Arabia Defense and Army Attaché.

Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President and CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, served as context provider and moderator.

A podcast recording of the program is available below.

 

 

“Yemen: How Near or Distant a Resolution to its Present Conflict?” podcast (.mp3)