National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

In Celebration of Its 25th Anniversary (1983-2008)

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

in collaboration with

The International Gateway at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center


ExxonMobil Corporation



Moderator: Dr. John Duke Anthony

Tuesday, December 2, 2008
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

The Pavilion Room
The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.


8:30 - 9:00 a.m. - Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:10 a.m. - Welcoming Remarks - Introduction

9:10 - 9:30 a.m. - HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Sa'ud - Prepared Remarks

9:30 - 10:25 a.m. - Audience Question & Answer

10:25 - 10:30 a.m. - Closing Remarks - Dr. John Duke Anthony


His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Sa'ud served as the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States of America from September 13, 2005 until February 12, 2007.

Prince Turki was appointed an Advisor in the Royal Court in 1973. From 1977 to 2001, he served as the Director General of the General Intelligence Directorate (GID), the Kingdom's main foreign intelligence service. In 2002, he was named Ambassador of to the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz.

During the fall semester at the Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service's Center for contemporary Arab Studies, His Royal Highness has been co-teaching with National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations President, Dr. John Duke Anthony, a graduate course entitled "Politics of the Arabian Peninsula." In addition, Prince Turki remains involved in a number of cultural and social activities. He is one of the founders of the King Faisal Foundation and is the chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh. Prince Turki also serves as a member of the Boards of Trustees of the International Crisis Group and the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies.

The King Faisal International Prizes, awarded by the King Faisal Foundation, are given to "dedicated men and women whose contributions make a positive difference." These annual prizes are awarded in five fields of endeavor - Service to Islam, Islamic Studies, Arabic Language and Literature, Science, and Medicine - have been likened, for the Arab and Islamic worlds, as similar in stature to, and nearly as coveted as, the annual Nobel Prizes. The King Faisal International Prizes, in addition to being bestowed upon Arabs and Muslims, have also been granted to outstanding achievers from virtually all corners of the world.

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Founded in 1983, the National Council is an educational, non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to improving American knowledge and understanding of the Arab world. The Council's vision is a relationship between the United States and its Arab friends that rests on a solid, enduring foundation. Such a foundation would embody strong strategic, economic, political, commercial, and defense cooperation in addition to heightened contacts and exchanges of American and Arab present as well as emerging leaders. The Council's mission is educational. It seeks to enhance American awareness and appreciation of the multi-faceted and innumerable benefits the United States has long derived from its relations with the Arab countries, the Middle East, and the Islamic world. It endeavors to do this through leadership development, people-to-people programs, academic seminars, the Council's Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference, specialized publications, a free electronic newsletter, and the participation of American students and faculty in Arab world study abroad and Arabic language learning experiences. In pursuit of its mission, the Council serves as a U.S.-Arab relations programmatic, informational, and human resources clearinghouse. In so doing, it provides cutting edge information, insight, and analyses to national, state, and local grassroots organizations, media, public policy research institutes, and select community civic, religious, business, and professional associations.

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