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.

Strategic Dynamics of Iran’s Continuing Asymmetric Warfare

On January 9, 2020, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations hosted a public affairs briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., focused on “Strategic Dynamics of Iran’s Continuing Asymmetric Warfare: What Implications for the United States and the Region?”

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations January 9, 2020, Public Affairs Briefing examined strategic dynamics related to Iranian asymmetric warfare, and their implications for the region as well as the United States.

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations January 9, 2020, Public Affairs Briefing examined strategic dynamics related to Iranian asymmetric warfare, and their implications for the region as well as the United States.

The featured specialists included:

  • Mr. David Des Roches, Senior International Affairs Fellow, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; Associate Professor, Near East/South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University, U.S. Department of Defense.
  • 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.
  • Dr. Thomas Mattair, Middle East Policy Council Executive Director; Author of The Three Occupied UAE Islands: The Tunbs and Abu Musa and Global Security Watch – Iran: A Reference Handbook.
  • Dr. John Duke Anthony, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Founding President and CEO; Former U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy Subcommittee on Sanctions Member; only American to have been invited to each of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s Ministerial and Heads of State Summits since the GCC’s inception in 1981.

A podcast recording of the program is available below along with slides from several of the speakers.

 

 

“Strategic Dynamics of Iran’s Continuing Asymmetric Warfare” podcast (.mp3)

Slides from Mr. David Des Roches – “The Iranian Way of (Near) War” (.pdf)

Slides from Dr. Anthony H. Cordesman – “The Gulf and Iran’s Capability for Asymmetric Warfare” (.pdf)

Summer 2020 Washington, DC Internship Program

Washington, DC Summer Internship Program

May 26 – July 30, 2020

NCUSAR Washington, DC Summer Internship Program Students

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations’ Washington, DC Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the nation’s capital. The program features a demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cultural encounters designed to provide interns with a rich and varied experience during their time in Washington.

  • Professional work experience: Interns are placed with one of over a dozen Near East and Arab world-related organizations in Washington, D.C., where they are expected to work 35-40 hours per week under the direct supervision of their host organizations.
  • Academic seminars: Interns take part in twice-weekly seminar sessions designed to provide them with greater depth of knowledge about the Arab world, to underscore the cultural, economic, and political diversity of Arab states, and to explore the intricacies of Arab-U.S. relations. There will be a particular emphasis, though not exclusively, on Arabia and the Gulf.
  • Site visits: Interns receive a behind-the-scenes look at many of the central institutions of federal government, national security policymaking, international diplomacy, and international business.

NCUSAR Washington, DC Summer Internship Program

About the Program

The National Council’s Summer Internship Program offers professional work experiences combined with twice-weekly evening seminars that bring academic experts and experienced foreign policy practitioners to meet with the interns in candid off-the-record discussions and dynamic question-and-answer sessions. Its objectives are:

  1. to provide a realistic Washington, D.C. work experience that will pave the way to career development;
  2. to offer interns firsthand exposure to the foreign policy analysis and advocacy processes in Washington, D.C.;
  3. to incorporate a strong academic component focusing on U.S. political, economic, and cultural relations with Arabia and the Gulf region;
  4. to help participants begin the process of career networking by introducing them to working professionals in government, business, journalism, and NGOs; and,
  5. to highlight the wide range of career opportunities awaiting those who aspire to work in the field of U.S.-Arab relations, as well as to provide counseling on graduate school and fellowship application processes.

As complements to the program, interns will also be exposed to D.C. in a less formal manner via films, cultural events, embassy and museum visits, off-the-record conversations with former diplomats, group dinners, and suggestions for exploring the sights and sounds of Washington, D.C. This allows students to not only experience working in the city, but also encourages them to appreciate the experience of living in a diverse urban environment, and to take advantage of the exciting cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities available in the nation’s capital.

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In Memory of Gene Bird

On December 10, 2010, at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., there was a memorial service commemorating the life of Eugene (“Gene”) Hall Bird. National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Founding President and CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony was invited to attend the memorial service and, if possible, contribute a eulogistic note for remembrance.  At the time, however, Dr. Anthony was in Saudi Arabia to attend the 40th Annual GCC Ministerial and Heads of State Summit and, thus, unable to attend the commemoration. He contributed the following for Gene’s family and friends as a remembrance.

But for my being abroad, nothing would have pleased me more than to be with the family and friends of the late Gene Bird at the commemoration of his life and legacy today.  Many loved Gene and he loved them in return.  The emotional connections that ensued were meaningful to both.  In many cases, they enabled each to become someone different and better than they were before.

Eugene ("Gene") H. Bird

Eugene (“Gene”) H. Bird. (Family Photo).

My memories of Gene are numerous and diverse.  All are of warmth and companionship.  These feelings accompanied Gene and those closest to him all his life.  He was a man who raised the bar high.  He often set and manifested standards of physical, political, and, above all, moral courage that few could match and none could surpass.

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2020 Malone Fellowship Oman Cultural Immersion Program

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is pleased to offer, through its Joseph J. Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies Program, the Twenty-Fourth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion study visit to the Sultanate of Oman. Fellows are required to participate in and complete a pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C.

This unique opportunity will provide a privileged first hand exposure to one of the Arab world’s most demographically, geographically, and socially diverse countries. The National Council is currently accepting applications to participate in this study visit.

MALONE FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION:
https://ncusar.org/programs/Malone-Fellowship-Application.pdf

American professionals in academia, government, the military, non-governmental organizations, business, religious institutions, the media, civic associations, as well as the fine arts, humanities, and the social sciences are invited to apply.

The Twenty-Fourth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion study visit will provide participants an educational experience that few Westerners and even fewer Americans have had. The program is choreographed to provide Malone Fellows an unparalleled diverse exposure to Oman – one of the most historically and culturally rich of all Arab and Islamic societies. Until relatively recent times, the Sultanate languished in its status as one of the most forgotten corners of all Arabia. Anyone in doubt about the extraordinary opportunity that being able to visit Oman in this manner presents need only consult any of the several National Geographic Magazine features on the country over the past several decades.

[Top and Left] Inlaid Islamic niches at the Grand Mosque in Oman’s Capital Territory. [Bottom and Right] Bedouin Omani girls in the Sharqiyyah Sands.

[Top and Left] Inlaid Islamic niches at the Grand Mosque in Oman’s Capital Territory. [Bottom and Right] Bedouin Omani girls in the Sharqiyyah Sands.

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