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)

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations COVID-19 Update

Due to concerns about COVID-19, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations physical office is temporarily closed. The Council is still operating virtually, and can be reached by its same phone and email contact coordinates. The remaining Youth Leadership Development Program / Model Arab League conferences for the 2019-2020 Academic Year, including the National University and National High School programs, have been canceled.

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A Conversation with H.E. Dr. Fareed Yasseen, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States

On February 26, 2020, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations in cooperation with the World Trade Center Washington, DC at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center hosted a public affairs briefing program “A Conversation with His Excellency Dr. Fareed Yasseen, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States.”

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations February 26, 2020, Public Affairs Briefing explored dynamics affecting Iraq and Iraq’s relationship with the United States.

Featured Specialist:

  • His Excellency Dr. Fareed Yasseen, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States of America; former Ambassador of Iraq to France.

Commentator:

  • 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:

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

A podcast recording of the program is available below and also on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and elsewhere.

 

 

“A Conversation with H.E. Dr. Fareed Yasseen” podcast (.mp3)

The Life of Sultan Qaboos Bin Said (1940-2020): Context, Reflections, Perspectives

On February 5, 2020, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations in cooperation with the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center hosted a remembrance and discussion in Washington, D.C., titled “The Life of Sultan Qaboos Bin Said (1940-2020): Context, Reflections, Perspectives.”

 

 

Joining the program were:

Keynote Speaker:

  • Her Excellency Hunaina Sultan Ahmed Al Mughairy, Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to the United States.

Moderator and Context Provider:

  • Ms. Kathleen Ridolfo, Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center Executive Director.

Featured Specialists:

  • Ambassador (Ret.) Frances D. Cook, Former United States Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman (1996-1999).
  • Ambassador (Ret.) Richard J. Schmierer, Former United States Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman (2009-2012).
  • Mr. Timothy Lenderking, U.S. Department of State Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arabian Gulf Affairs.
  • 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 Life of Sultan Qaboos Bin Said (1940-2020): Context, Reflections, Perspectives” podcast (.mp3)

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National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Presents Global Cultural Leadership Award to Monsieur Jack Lang

Lang Recognized for Promoting Cross-Cultural Understanding at the Institut du Monde Arabe

 

Washington, D.C.: On January 24, 2020, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (“National Council”) was honored and privileged to present its first-ever GLOBAL CULTURAL LEADERSHIP AWARD to Monsieur Dr. Jack Lang, President of the Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA) in Paris, France. The Award was bestowed in recognition of Monsieur Lang’s achievements in expanding knowledge of the Arab region and promoting cross-cultural understanding.

National Council Founding President and CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony, Council Board Chairman Mr. John Pratt, Council International Advisory Board Member Mr. Leo A. Daly III, and Council Executive Vice President Mr. Patrick Mancino personally presented the award to Monsieur Lang at the French ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. Mr. Lang and a delegation from the IMA were in Washington to celebrate the opening of the IMA exhibition Age Old Cities: A Virtual Journey from Palmyra to Mosul at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art.

In conveying the award, Dr. John Duke Anthony remarked that, “What Monsieur Lang and the IMA have achieved in highlighting the rich history and culture of the Arab region is considerable. They have done much to showcase Arab contributions to knowledge and understanding that have benefited the world’s civilizations and humankind in general. Under Monsieur Lang’s leadership, the IMA has effectively pushed into new territories in storytelling and technology that help further illuminate the innumerable, extraordinary, and myriad impacts that Arabs have had on humanity’s endless quest for modernization and development.”

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Founding President and CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony (right) Institut du Monde Arabe President Monsieur Dr. Jack Lang (center), and National Council International Advisory Board Member Leo A. Daly III (left), at a private meeting in Washington, D.C., where the Council presented Lang with its first-ever Global Cultural Leadership Award.

Monsieur Lang was appointed to serve as President of the IMA by French President François Hollande in 2013. Monsieur Lang previously served as France’s Minister of Culture (1981-1986 and 1988-1993) and Minister of Education (1992-1993 and 2000-2002), as a National Assembly member for over two decades, as Mayor of Blois, and as a Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

The IMA in Paris, France, was inaugurated in 1987 as a center dedicated to promoting Arab civilization, knowledge, and art. Located along the Seine River and adorned with photosensitive mashrabiyas on its façade, the IMA has developed unique collections and special exhibitions that have been featured in the Paris institute and at leading museums around the world. The IMA’s Paris exhibition of AlUla: Wonder of Arabia, which showcases Saudi Arabia’s Nabataean archeological marvel, was recently given an extension of its scheduled availability based on extraordinary public interest. Dr. John Duke Anthony and the National Council have long admired the IMA and are presently working to develop an Arab Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C.

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.

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Welcomes Rick Kaplan to International Advisory Board

Kaplan Joins Collective of National Council Advisors Guiding U.S.-Arab Relations Educational Programs

 

Washington, D.C.: The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations [ncusar.org], founded in 1983, is pleased to announce that award-winning producer and journalism pioneer Richard (“Rick”) Kaplan has joined its International Advisory Board. Members of the Council’s International Advisory Board make suggestions and recommendations, and provide strategic support to the Council’s Board of Directors together with its President and Chief Executive Officer.

In announcing the appointment, National Council Founding President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. John Duke Anthony and Board of Directors Chairman John Pratt stated, “We are honored that Rick Kaplan has accepted the National Council’s invitation to serve on its Advisory Board. The depth of his experience in television news media is virtually unmatched. That he is so widely recognized and awarded for his accomplishments in journalism is a testament to his ability to analyze, assess, and act on trends in information communication industries. The Council looks forward to continuing to benefit from his insight and perspective.”

Rick Kaplan chaired a session on “Dynamics Impacting the Future of the U.S.-Arab Relationship” at the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations 28th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Kaplan has been President of CNN-U.S., Senior Vice President of ABC News, President of MSNBC, Executive Producer of CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, and Executive Producer of This Week with Christiane Amanpour. He has lectured on journalism, advertising, and politics in media at institutions including Duke University, Harvard University, Columbia University, Cornell, Wellesley, Boston College, Columbia College, the University of Southern California, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania, and, his alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

At the National Council’s 28th Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference in October 2019, Mr. Kaplan served as the Chair for a session on “Dynamics Impacting the Future of the U.S.-Arab Relationship” that featured New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Mr. Thomas L. Friedman, American University in Cairo Distinguished Lecturer of Political Science The Right Honourable Mona Makram-Ebeid, Atlantic Council Middle East Programs Director of Regional Security Ms. Kirsten Fontenrose, and Beirut Institute Founder and Executive Chairman Ms. Raghida Dergham. Audio and video recordings of Mr. Kaplan’s session along with recordings of other sessions and speakers from the Conference are available online from the Council.

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.