National Council on U.S.-Arab Relatoins

Congressional & Public Affairs Briefings

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations periodically sponsors public educational programs on Capitol Hill and around Washington, DC where an assemblage of domestic and internationally renowned specialists analyze, discuss, and debate issues of importance to the relationship between the U.S. and the Arab countries, the Middle East, and the Islamic world. These events examine how best to strengthen and expand mutual Arab-U.S. trust, confidence, and benefits while examining a range of complex issues, interests, and policies.


 PAST BRIEFINGS:
 

September 18, 2017
Humanitarian Challenges in Yemen

MP3 AUDIO AUDIO (.mp3)

Featured Specialist:

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

Context Provider and Moderator:

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

 

 

 

June 20, 2017
Vision 2030: Enhancing American and Saudi Arabian Business and Investment Dynamics

VIDEO VIDEO
MP3 AUDIO AUDIO (.mp3)
SLIDES DR. PAUL SULLIVAN SLIDES (.pdf)
SLIDES MR. EDWARD BURTON SLIDES (.pdf)

Participating Specialists:

Dr. Paul Sullivan, Professor of Economics, National Defense University, and Senior International Affairs Fellow, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
Mr. Fahad Nazer, International Affairs Fellow, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, and Consultant, Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, DC
Mr. Edward Burton, President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council, and Author, Business and Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia (2016)

Context Provider and Moderator:

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

 

 

 

May 10, 2017
U.S.-Libya Relations 2017: New Vision, Hope, and Opportunities

Conference co-administered with the National Council on U.S. Libya Relations.

 

 

 

May 8, 2017
Economic Dynamics of U.S.-GCC Relations

MP3 AUDIO AUDIO (.mp3)

Participating Specialists:

Ms. Khlood Aldukheil, Managing Director, Aldukheil Financial Group; President, National Committee for Statistics, Council of Saudi Chambers
Mr. Khaled Alderbesti, Senior Investment and Economic Consultant, Ministry of Economy & Commerce, State of Qatar
Dr. Ihsan Ali Bu-Hulaiga, Founder, Joatha Consulting; Former Chairman of the Finance Committee, Majlis Al-Shura (Consultative Council) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Context Provider and Moderator:

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

 

 

 

May 4, 2017
Perspectives on the Conflict in Yemen

Workshop co-administered with the Gulf Research Center.

 

 

 

March 29, 2017
The Future of U.S.-GCC Trade and Investment

MP3 AUDIO AUDIO (.mp3)

Participating Specialists:

Mr. H. Delano Roosevelt, Former Chairman, Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce; Member, Board of Directors, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; Director of New Business Development, Reza Investment Group
Mr. Christopher Johnson, Chairman, Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce; Attorney based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Chairman, KKR Saudi Limited
Ms. Nahlah Al-Jubeir, Director, Center for Career Development, Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission; Senior International Affairs Fellow, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
Mr. Robert Hager, Founding Chairman, American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar; Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
Dr. Karl Petrick, Associate Professor of Economics, Western New England University; Coordinator, Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce/Western New England University Gulf Region Trade Project
Mr. Mike Jones, Washington, D.C. Representative, Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce; Founding President, Capitol Capital Group, LLC

Context Provider and Moderator:

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

 

 

 

March 27, 2017
A Conversation About Energy & Development in Qatar

Featured Specialist:

H.E. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy & Industry, State of Qatar; Chairman, Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development; Former Chairman, United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development; Former President, 18th Session of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change

Moderator:

Dr. Herman Franssen, Executive Director, Energy Intelligence Group; President, International Energy Associates, Inc.; Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Adjunct Scholar; Middle East Institute; and Visiting Fellow, Centre for Global Energy Studies (London, UK)

Context Provider:

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

 

 

 

February 16, 2017
What Arab-U.S. Way Forward in Major Crisis Areas?

VIDEO VIDEO

Participating Specialists:

Dr. Geoffrey Gresh, International Security Studies Department Head and Associate Professor, College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University; and Author, Gulf Security and the U.S. Military: Regime Survival and the Politics of Basing
Ms. Raghida Dergham, Columnist, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, and New York Bureau Chief, Al Hayat; Founder and Executive Chairman, Beirut Institute; and Member, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations International Advisory Committee
Mr. Khalil Jahshan, Executive Director, Arab Center Washington DC; Former President, National Association of Arab-Americans; and Former Vice President, American Committee on Jerusalem
Mr. Fahad Nazer, International Affairs Fellow, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; Consultant, Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, DC; and Advisor, Gulf State Analytics
Dr. Theodore Karasik, Senior Advisor, Gulf State Analytics; Adjunct Senior Fellow, Lexington Institute; and Former Director of Research, RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy
Dr. Imad Harb, Director of Research and Analysis, Arab Center Washington DC; Distinguished International Affairs Fellow, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
Dr. Hani Shennib, Founding Chairman, National Council on U.S. Libya Relations

Context Provider and Moderator:

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

 

 

 

June 9, 2016
Counter-Terrorism and Saudi Arabia

VIDEO VIDEO
MP3 AUDIO AUDIO (.mp3)

Featured Specialist:

Mr. Nawaf Althari, Counter-Terrorism Adviser, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Permanent Mission to the United Nations

Context Provider and Moderator:

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

 

 

 

May 19, 2016
Conversation with a Delegation Representing the Majlis Al-Shura (Consultative Council) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Delegation Members:

H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Ameen Al-Jeffri, Vice Speaker, Majlis Al-Shura
H.E. Dr. Mohammed Al Hayaza
H.E. Dr. Khalid Al Awwad
H.E. Dr. Saud Assubayii
H.E. Dr. Faleh Al-Seghayer
H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz Taher
H.E. Dr. Selwa Al-Hazzaa
H.E. Dr. Khawla Al-Kuraya
H.E. Dr. Khalid Al-Aqeel
H.E. Dr. Tarek Fadaak
H.E. Dr. Fahad Al Anazi

Context Provider and Moderator:

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

 

 

 

April 13, 2016
Fostering U.S.-GCC Trade, Economic Cooperation, and Investment Opportunities

VIDEO VIDEO
MP3 AUDIO AUDIO (.mp3)

Participating Specialists:

Mr. H. Delano Roosevelt, Chairman, Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce, Member, Board of Directors, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, Director of New Business Development, Reza Investment Group
Ms. Nahlah Al-Jubeir, Director, Center for Career Development, Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission, Senior International Affairs Fellow, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
Mr. Khush Choksy, Senior Vice President for Middle East and Turkey Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Christopher Johnson, Attorney based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Chairman, KKR Saudi Limited
Ms. Randa Fahmy, President, Fahmy Hudome International, Treasurer, Board of Directors, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, Former Associate Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
Mr. Mike Jones, Founding President, Capitol Capital Group, LLC

Context Provider and Moderator:

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

 

 

 

December 8, 2015
“Oman Reborn: Balancing Tradition and Modernization” Book Discussion

VIDEO VIDEO

Featured Specialist:

Ms. Linda Pappas Funsch, Author, Oman Reborn: Balancing Tradition and Modernization; Malone Fellow to Oman and Morocco, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

Context Provider and Moderator:

Ms. Randa Fahmy, Treasurer and Board Member, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

 

 

 

October 6, 2015
Analyzing and Assessing Saudi Arabian Defense Strategy

MP3 AUDIO AUDIO (.mp3)

Featured Specialist:

HRH Navy Captain (Ret.) Prince Sultan bin Khalid Al-Faisal Al Sa'ud, President, Al Joshan Security Services; Former Commander, Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) Counter-Insurgency Special Operations Task Force; Designer and Inaugural Commandant, RSNF Special Forces Training Center

Context Provider and Moderator:

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

 

 

 

September 18, 2015
A Conversation with the GCC Secretary General

Featured Specialist:

H.E. Dr. Abdul Latif Al Zayani, Secretary General, Gulf Cooperation Council

Context Provider and Moderator:

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

 

 

 

June 29, 2015
Yemen in Crisis: What Next?

VIDEO VIDEO
MP3 AUDIO AUDIO (.mp3)

Participating Specialists:

Dr. Noel Brehony, Chair, Menas Associates; Former Chair, British Yemeni Society; Author, Yemen Divided: The Story of a Failed State in South Arabia
Ms. Sama'a Al-Hamdani, Analyst and Writer, Yemeniaty; former Assistant Political Officer, Embassy of the Republic of Yemen in Washington, DC
Mr. Peter Salisbury, Journalist and Analyst, Financial Times, The Economist, Vice News, and other publications; former Consultant, Chatham House Yemen Forum

Context Provider and Moderator:

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

 

 

 

June 9, 2015
Conversation with a Delegation Representing the Saudi-U.S. Parliamentary Friendship Committee of the Majlis Al-Shura (Consultative Council) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Delegation Members:

H.E. Dr. Mohammed Alnagadi
H.E. Dr. Ahmed Almofareh
H.E. Dr. Aljawhara Bubshait
H.E. Dr. Saud Assubayii
H.E. Dr. Sadaka Fadil
H.E. Dr. Awad Al Asmari
H.E. Dr. Mansour Alkraidees
H.E. Dr. Hanan Al-Ahmadi

Context Provider and Moderator:

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

 

 

 

May 22, 2015
Leadership Changes in Saudi Arabia: What Implications for the Kingdom, the Region, and the U.S.?

TRANSCRIPT NAWAF OBAID PRESENTATION (.pdf)
MP3 AUDIO AUDIO (.mp3)

Participating Specialists:

Dr. Nawaf Obaid, Visiting Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University; Lecturer, London Academy of Diplomacy, Stirling University; Senior Fellow, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies

Context Provider and Moderator:

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

 

 

 

May 12, 2015
After a Nuclear Agreement: Whither Arab-Iranian and U.S.-GCC Relations?

VIDEO VIDEO
MP3 AUDIO AUDIO (.mp3)

Participating Specialists:

Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President and CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
Dr. Christian Koch, Director, Gulf Research Center Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland)
Dr. Sara Vakhshouri, President, SVB Energy International
Dr. Thomas Mattair, Executive Director, Middle East Policy Council
Dr. Alidad Mafinezam, President, West Asia Council
Dr. Imad Harb, Distinguished International Affairs Fellow, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

Moderator:

Mr. John Pratt, Member, Board of Directors, and Distinguished International Affairs Fellow, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

 

 

April 8, 2015
Assessing the Iran Nuclear Deal: Issues and Implications

VIDEO C-SPAN VIDEO

Participating Specialists:

Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President & CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
H.E. Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Associate Research Scholar, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University and former Spokesman for Iran in nuclear negotiations with the European Union
Dr. Thomas Mattair, Executive Director, Middle East Policy Council
Dr. Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in Middle East Affairs in the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division, Congressional Research Service
Dr. Imad Harb, Distinguished International Affairs Fellow, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
Dr. Paul Sullivan, Senior International Affairs Fellow, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

Moderator:

Mr. John Pratt, Member, Board of Directors, and Distinguished International Affairs Fellow, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

 

 

 

April 2, 2015
Yemen in Chaos: Analysis, Prognosis, and Prospects

VIDEO C-SPAN VIDEO
TRANSCRIPT TRANSCRIPT

Participating Specialists:

H.E. Adel A. Al-Jubeir, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States
Mr. Jeremy M. Sharp, Specialist in Middle East Affairs, Congressional Research Service; Author, CRS Report "Yemen: Background and U.S. Relations"
Ms. Sama'a Al-Hamdani, Analyst and Writer, Yemeniaty; former Assistant Political Officer, Embassy of the Republic of Yemen in Washington, DC
Professor David Des Roches, Senior Military Fellow, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University; Malone Fellow in Arab and Islamic Studies (Syria), National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
Mr. Abbas Almosawa, Yemeni Journalist and Analyst; former Media and Information Advisor, Embassy of the Republic of Yemen in Abu Dhabi and Beirut

Moderator:

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

 

 

 

August 20, 2014
Dynamics of Regional Crises Run Amok: Implications for Arab and U.S. Interests and Policies

VIDEO VIDEO
MP3 AUDIO AUDIO (.mp3)

Participating Specialists:

Ambassador Samir Sumaida'ie, Former Ambassador of Iraq to the United States (2006-2011) and Former Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations (2004-2006)
Professor David Des Roches, Senior Military Fellow, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University, and Malone Fellow in Arab and Islamic Studies to Syria
Dr. Imad Harb, Distinguished International Affairs Fellow, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
Dr. Thomas Mattair, Executive Director, Middle East Policy Council
Mr. Matthew A. Reynolds, North America Representative, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
Mr. Joshua Yaphe, Arabian Peninsula Analyst, U.S. Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research

Moderator:

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

 

 

 

May 9, 2014
Iraq Update – Challenges and Opportunities

VIDEO VIDEO
MP3 AUDIO AUDIO (.mp3)

Featured Specialist:

His Excellency Lukman Faily, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States

Moderator:

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

 

 

 

April 1, 2014
Qatar – "Understood" And "Misunderstood"

VIDEO VIDEO
MP3 AUDIO AUDIO (.mp3)

Featured Specialist:

His Excellency Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari, Ambassador of Qatar to the United States

Moderator:

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

 

 

 

February 19, 2014
Tunisia: The Way Forward

VIDEO VIDEO
MP3 AUDIO AUDIO (.mp3)

Keynote Speaker:

His Excellency M'Hamed Ezzine Chelaifa, Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia to the United States

Special Guest:

Mr. Andrew Haviland, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs' International Finance and Development Unit, U.S. Department of State

Speaker:

Dr. Caroline Freund, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics; Former Chief Economist for the Middle East and North Africa, World Bank

Moderator:

Dr. Néjib Ayachi, Founding President, The Maghreb Center

Welcoming Remarks:

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

 

 

 

February 13, 2014
Dynamics of U.S.-GCC Defense Cooperation

MP3 AUDIO AUDIO (.mp3)
VIDEO KSA2 PROGRAM SUMMARY

Participating specialists:

Ambassador (Ret.) James Smith, Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (2009-2013); Senior Counselor, The Cohen Group
Professor David Des Roches, Senior Military Fellow, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University; Malone Fellow in Arab and Islamic Studies to Syria
Professor Paul Sullivan, Professor of Economics, National Defense University; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University

Moderator:

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

 

 

 

December 4, 2013
Opportunities for Export Business and Investment in Libya's Healthcare and Medical Sector

Featured Speaker:

His Excellency Emhamed Elhemmali, Deputy Minister Of Health, Government of Libya

Commentators:

Dr. Esam Omeish, Chairman of the Department of General Surgery, Inova Alexandria Hospital, and Vice Chairman, The American Libyan Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Dr. Mahmoud Usta Omar, Medical Attaché, Embassy of Libya in Washington, DC

Moderator:

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

 

 

 

November 13, 2013
Placing the Recent Tension in Saudi Arabian-U.S. Relations in Context: Where Do We Go From Here?

TRANSCRIPT TRANSCRIPT

Participating specialists:

Ambassador (Ret.) James Smith, Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (September 2009 - September 2013); and Senior Counselor, The Cohen Group
Ambassador (Ret.) Ford Fraker, Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (April 2007 - April 2009); and Senior Advisor, Trinity Group Limited

Moderator:

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

 

 

 

July 19, 2013
The Way Forward in Egypt

MP3 AUDIO AUDIO (.mp3)

Participating specialists:

Professor Karim Haggag, Visiting Professor, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, and Former Director, Egyptian Press and Information Office in Washington, DC
Ms. Randa Fahmy Hudome, Board Member, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, and General Counsel, American Egyptian Strategic Alliance
Dr. Marina Ottaway, Senior Scholar, Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Dr. Diane Singerman, Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs, American University

Moderator:

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

 

 

 

June 7, 2013
Crisis Syria: Going Where?

VIDEO C-SPAN VIDEO
MP3 AUDIO AUDIO (.mp3)
TRANSCRIPT Diplomatic Courier - "Syrian Civil War: How Did We Get Here?"

Participating specialists:

Ms. Mona Yacoubian, Senior Advisor, Middle East and Project Director, Pathways to Progress, Stimson Center
Mr. Ian Pannell, Correspondent, BBC News
Professor David Des Roches, Senior Military Fellow, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University
Ms. Sharon Waxman, Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy, International Rescue Committee
Professor Paul Sullivan, Professor of Economics, National Defense University and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University

Moderator:

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

 

 

 

May 21, 2013
Bahrain: A Conversation About Its Challenges and Opportunities

VIDEO VIDEO
MP3 AUDIO AUDIO (.mp3)

Participating specialists:

Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann, President, American Academy of Diplomacy; Former U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain, Afghanistan, and Algeria
Professor David Des Roches, Senior Military Fellow, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University
Ms. Sarah Leah Whitson, Executive Director, Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch
Professor Paul Sullivan, Professor of Economics, National Defense University; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University

Moderator:

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

 

 

 

April 22, 2013
Opportunities for Investment in
Libyan Energy, Finance, and Infrastructure

MP3 AUDIO AUDIO (.mp3)

Featured Speaker:

His Excellency Dr. Elkalani A. Alsalim, Minister of Finance, Government of Libya

Introduction By:

His Excellency Ali Aujali, Ambassador of Libya to the United States

Commentators:

Ms. Randa Fahmy Hudome, Board Member, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
Mr. Robert Marro, President, American Libyan Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Ms. Paula Freer, Director, International Government Affairs, Marathon Oil Corporation; and Chair, U.S.-Libya Business Association

Moderator:

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

 

 

 

April 11, 2013
Rhetoric and Reality in Arab-U.S. Energy Relations

MP3 AUDIO AUDIO (.mp3)

Participating specialists:

Mr. John Hofmeister, Founder and Chief Executive, Citizens for Affordable Energy; former President, Shell Oil Company
Professor Paul Sullivan, Professor of Economics, National Defense University; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University
Ms. Randa Fahmy Hudome, President, Fahmy Hudome International; former Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy

 

 

 

March 5, 2013
Constitutionalism and Human Rights in Tunisia:
The Islamist-Led Democratic Transition Post-Arab Spring

VIDEO "Tunisia: Post-Revolution Political and Constitutional Transitions" VIDEO
MP3 AUDIO "Tunisia: Post-Revolution Political and Constitutional Transitions" AUDIO (.mp3)
VIDEO "The Future of Women's Rights, Minority Rights, and Freedom of Expression in Tunisia" VIDEO
MP3 AUDIO "The Future of Women's Rights, Minority Rights, and Freedom of Expression in Tunisia" AUDIO (.mp3)
TRANSCRIPT COUNCIL FOR A COMMUNITY OF DEMOCRACIES RECAP
TRANSCRIPT MAGHREB CENTER RECAP

Participating specialists:

Ms. Alexis Arieff, Analyst, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, Washington DC
Dr. Alaya Allani, Professor of History, Manouba University, Tunis
Dr. Ghazi Gherairi, Law Professor, University of Tunis, Tunis; Secretary General, The International Academy for Constitutional Law (AIDC), Tunis
Dr. Ahmed El Hamri, Development Economist, Academia; Consultant, The World Bank
Mr. Eric Goldstein, Deputy Director, Human Rights Watch
Ms. Naziha Réjiba, Journalist; Human rights activist; 2009 Recipient of the International Press Freedom Award of the Committee to Protect Journalists
Dr. Nancy Okail, Program Director, The Freedom House, Washington DC

Moderators:

Dr. I. William Zartman, Jacob Blaustein Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of The Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Nejib Ayachi, President, The Maghreb Center, Washington DC

 

 

 

September 6, 2012
Infrastructure and Business Opportunities in North Africa

MP3 AUDIO AUDIO (.mp3)
TRANSCRIPT REMARKS BY PRINCIPAL DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY DEBORAH MCCARTHY
TRANSCRIPT NUSACC PRESS RELEASE 

Participating specialists:

Mr. Carl Kress, Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa and Europe Region, U.S. Trade and Development Agency
Ms. Randa Fahmy Hudome, President, Fahmy Hudome International
Ms. Laura Lombard, Director, Business Development, Sidar Global Advisors
Mr. Steven Mayo, Business Development Officer, Project and Structured Finance, Export-Import Bank of the United States
Ms. Deborah McCarthy, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Finance and Development, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Mr. Curtis Silvers, Executive Vice President, National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce

Moderator:

Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President & CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; Member, U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy and its subcommittees on Sanctions and Trade and Investment

 

 

 

June 26, 2012
Crisis Yemen: Going Where?

VIDEO VIDEO
MP3 AUDIO AUDIO (.mp3)
TRANSCRIPT PANEL REMARKS BY PROFESSOR SHARP
TRANSCRIPT PROJECT ON MIDDLE EAST DEMOCRACY RECAP
TRANSCRIPT WAQ AL-WAQ

Participating specialists:

Ambassador Barbara Bodine, Lecturer and Director, Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative, Princeton University; and former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen
Mr. Gregory Johnsen, Ph.D. Candidate, Princeton University; author, Waq al-waq blog and The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia; and former Fulbright and American Institute for Yemeni Studies Fellow in Yemen
Dr. Charles Schmitz, Associate Professor of Geography, Towson University; President, American Institute for Yemeni Studies; and former Fulbright and American Institute for Yemen Studies Fellow in Yemen
Mr. Robert Sharp, Associate Professor, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, U.S. Department of Defense/National Defense University

Moderator:

Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President & CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; former Fulbright Fellow in the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen; and official observer for four of Yemen's presidential and parliamentary elections

 

 

 

May 24, 2012
The Gulf Cooperation Council at 31: Implications of Trends and Indications for GCC and US Interests

VIDEO VIDEO
MP3 AUDIO AUDIO (.mp3)
TRANSCRIPT PICTURES

Participating specialists:

Dr. Odeh Aburdene, Participant, international economic, business, and investment forums in Bahrain; Doha, Qatar; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Ms. Randa Fahmy Hudome, former U.S. Department of Energy Associate Deputy Secretary
Mr. Andrew Rabens, U.S. Department of State Bureau of Near East Affairs
Mr. Robert Sharp, U.S. Department of Defense Near East and South Asia Center for Strategic Studies
Ms. Molly Williamson, former Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Defense, former Acting Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of State, and former Senior Foreign Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy
Mr. Joshua Yaphe, U.S. Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research

Moderator:

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

 

 

 

April 18, 2012
Trade, Investment, Finance, and the Way Forward:
A Conversation on U.S.-GCC Economic Relations
with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

PICTURES PICTURES

Participating specialists:

Mr. L. Daniel Mullaney, Assistant Trade Representative for Europe and the Middle East, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Mr. Jason Buntin, Director for Europe and Middle East Affairs, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

Moderator:

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

 

 

 

January 24, 2012
Afternoon Tea and A Conversation With Mrs. Cherie Blair

PICTURES PICTURES

Featured Speaker: Mrs. Cherie Blair, Founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women; noted barrister and QC, specializing in human rights law; and wife of former British Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Tony Blair
Introduction by: H.E. Ambassador Houda Ezra Ebrahim Nonoo, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States of America
Moderator: Ms. Randa Fahmy Hudome, Member of the Board of Directors of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

 

 

 

September 15, 2011
What Lies Ahead for America in Arabia and the Gulf?:
Analyses and Prognoses

VIDEO VIDEO
MP3 AUDIO AUDIO (.mp3)
PICTURES PICTURES

Participating specialists:

Dr. Abdulaziz Sager, Chairman and Founder, Gulf Research Center
Dr. Christian Koch, Director, Gulf Research Center Foundation
Dr. Mustafa Alani, Senior Advisor and Research Program Director, Gulf Research Center

Moderator:

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

 

 

 

September 14, 2011
Dynamics of Palestine in the Coming
Arab & UN Seasons – Five Perspectives

MP3 AUDIO AUDIO (.mp3)
PICTURES PICTURES

Participating specialists:

Dr. Philip Giraldi, Executive Director, Council on the National Interest and former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer who served in Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain
Dr. Fouzi El-Asmar, Distinguished Palestinian Writer, Poet, Academic, and Journalist
Mr. Mark Perry, American author specializing in Military Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Analysis
Mr. Jeffrey Steinberg, Senior Editor, Journalist, and Lecturer on Middle East and International Security Affairs

Chair:

Professor Don Wallace, Jr., Chairman, International Law Institute and Chair, International Council for Middle East Studies

 

 

 

August 9, 2011 and August 11, 2011
Libya From the Front Lines

Featured Speaker: Mr. Richard Ayton, recent Stabilization Advisor to the British Special Representative to Libya

 

 

 

June 29, 2011
A Conversation with The Right Honourable Tony Blair

PICTURES PICTURES

Featured Speaker: The Right Honourable Tony Blair
Introduction by: H.E. Ambassador Adel A. Al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States and Advisor at the Royal Court
Moderator: Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President & CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

 

 

 

May 26, 2011
Symposium on U.S.-Iran and U.S.-Libya Sanctions

Featured Speaker: Mr. Larry Christensen, Member, Miller & Chevalier

 

 

 

May 13, 2011
A Conversation with John Hofmeister

VIDEO C-SPAN VIDEO 

Featured Speaker: John Hofmeister, Founder and Chief Executive, Citizens for Affordable Energy, and Former President, Shell Oil Company 
Moderator: Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President & CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

 

 

 

April 15, 2011
Luncheon in Honor of Ambassador Joseph LeBaron,
United States Ambassador to the State of Qatar

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Featured Speaker: Ambassador Joseph LeBaron, United States Ambassador to the State of Qatar

 

 

 

April 8, 2011
A Conversation with a Delegation Representing
the Majlis Ash-Shura (Consultative Council)
of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Delegation Members:

H.E. Osama Bin Mohammed Al-Kurdi, Member of the Council
H.E. Dr. Abdallah Bin Yahya Bukhari, Member of the Council
H.E. Khalifa Bin Ahmed Rashid Al-Dosari, Member of the Council
H.E. Mohammed Bin Abdallah Al-Quaihis, Member of the Council
H.E. Dr. Saud H. R. Al-Subaie, Member of the Council
H.E. Dr. Mazen Bin Foad Bin Mahmood AlKhayyat, Member of the Council
H.E. Dr. Mai bint Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim AlEssa, Advisor to the Council
H.E. Dr. Mahasen Hasan Abu-Mansour Flamban, Advisor to the Council

Moderator:

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

 

 

 

March 2, 2011
What You Need to Know Now:
The Arabian Dimension in Today's Mideast Turmoil

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Participating specialists:

Dr. Herman Franssen, President, International Energy Associates, and Senior Associate, Energy and National Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies 
Dr. David E. Long, Consultant on Middle East affairs and international terrorism, and author of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Mr. Robert Lacey, Historian and author of The Kingdom and Inside the Kingdom
Mr. Peter A. Iseman, Historian and International Educator

Moderator:

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

  

 

 

July 28, 2010
Islamic Finance Forum

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Participating specialists:

Aamir Rehman, Managing Director at Fajr Capital Limited and author of Dubai & Co.: Global Strategies for Doing Business in the Gulf States and Gulf Capital & Islamic Finance: The Rise of the New Global Players
Umar Moghul, Partner at Murtha Cullina LLP and co-chair of the firm's Islamic Finance and Investments Group
Ibrahim Warde, Adjunct Professor of International Business at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and author of Islamic Finance in the Global Economy
Shaykh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo, Chief Shariah Officer at Shariah Capital
Frank Vogel, Professor Harvard Law School and author of The Islamic School of Law: Evolution, Devolution and Progress and Islamic Law and Legal System: Studies of Saudi Arabia

Moderator:

Jean-François Seznec, Visiting Associate Professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies

 

 

 

June 30, 2010
The Arab World and the Future of Global Energy Supply: Realities, Risks, and Prospects

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Participating specialists:

Mr. Guy Caruso, Senior Advisor, Energy and National Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Ms. Molly Williamson, Adjunct Scholar, Middle East Institute, and Immediate Past Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Energy
Ms. Randa Fahmy-Hudome, President, Fahmy-Hudome International, and Former Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy
Ms. Sarah Ladislaw, Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Moderator:

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

  

 

 

March 31, 2010
A Conversation with
His Royal Highness Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
to the United States

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Featured Speaker: HRH Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein
Moderator: Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President & CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

 

 

 

December 22, 2009
Report from the Gulf Cooperation Council's Ministerial and Heads of State Summit in Kuwait, December 2009:
What Did and Did Not Happen and What Next?

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Featured Speaker: Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President & CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

 

 

 

December 10, 2009
Yemen Headlined:
Contemporary Myths and Empirical Realities

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TRANSCRIPT PROJECT ON MIDDLE EAST DEMOCRACY RECAP
TRANSCRIPT REMARKS REFERENCED BY AMB. JAMES LAROCCO
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Participating specialists:

Ambassador Barbara Bodine, Director, Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative, Princeton University, and former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen
Dr. Christopher Boucek, Associate in the Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Mr. Gregory Johnsen, Ph.D. Candidate, Princeton University; Co-Founder, Waq al-Waq: Islam and Insurgency in Yemen Blog; and former Fulbright and American Institute for Yemen Studies Fellow in Yemen
Ambassador James A. Larocco, Near East and South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University, U.S. Department of Defense, and former U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait
Dr. Mustafa Alani, Senior Advisor and Research Program Director, Gulf Research Center, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Moderator:

Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President & CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; former Fulbright Fellow in the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen; and one of two Americans to have served as an official observer for all four of Yemen's presidential and parliamentary elections

  

 

 

February 17, 2009
Islamic Finance and the Global Economic Crisis

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TRANSCRIPT SLIDES FROM DR. YUSUF TALAL DELORENZO (.pdf)
TRANSCRIPT SLIDES FROM MR. MICHAEL MCMILLEN (.pdf)
TRANSCRIPT DIPLOMATIC CONNECTIONS RECAP (.pdf)
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Featured Speakers:

Dr. Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo, Chief Shariah Officer, Shariah Capital
Mr. Michael McMillen, Attorney, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP

Moderator:

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

Background Information:

CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE: "ISLAMIC FINANCE: OVERVIEW AND POLICY CONCERNS" (.pdf)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY: "OVERVIEW OF ISLAMIC FINANCE" (.pdf)
ERNST & YOUNG: "ISLAMIC FUNDS AND INVESTMENTS REPORT" (.pdf)
GULF ONE INVESTMENT BANK: "ISLAMIC FINANCE: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES"

 

 

 

December 16, 2008
A Conversation with
H.E. Samir Shakir M. Sumaida'ie,
Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the United States

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Featured Speaker: H.E. Samir Shakir M. Sumaida'ie
Moderator: Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President & CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

 

 

 

December 2, 2008
A Conversation with
His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Sa'ud

TRANSCRIPT WASHINGTON REPORT ON MIDDLE EAST AFFAIRS ARTICLE

Featured Speaker: HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Sa'ud
Moderator: Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President & CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

 

 

 

June 16, 2008
A Conversation with a Delegation Representing
the Majlis Ash-Shura (Consultative Council)
of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Delegation Members:

H.E. Dr. Bandar Bin Mohammed Al Eiban, Chairman of the Saudi US Friendship Committee
H.E. Engineer, Usamah Bin Mohammed Al-Kurdi; Member of the Council
H.E. Yousef A. El-Maimani, Member of the Council
H.E. Dr. Khalid Ibrahim Al-Awwad, Member of the Council
H.E. Dr. Nihad M. A. Jishi, Consultant for the Council

 

 

 

June 5, 2008
The Implications of Sovereign Wealth Funds
For American Interests and U.S. Policies

Featured Speakers:

Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA)
Co-Chair of the House Sovereign Wealth Funds Task Force
Congressman Tom Davis (R-VA)
Co-Chair of the House Sovereign Wealth Funds Task Force
Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY)
Official Designee of the House Committee on
Financial Services to the Sovereign Wealth Funds Task Force

Presider:

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

 

 

 

April 1, 2008
Changing Dynamics of U.S.-Mideast Defense Relations: Withdraw? Downsize? Remain Engaged?
Redeploy? Reconfigure?

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Featured Speaker: General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC (Ret.)
Introduction by: Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA)
Presider: Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President & CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

 

 

 

March 19, 2008
Energy Interdependence versus Independence:
Rhetoric & Reality

Featured Speakers:

The Honorable Karen Harbert, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy
Dr. Herman Franssen, President, International Energy Associates & Senior Associate, CSIS Energy and National Security Program

 

 

 

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former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen