National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

cordially invites you to a panel discussion

Yemen Headlined:
Contemporary Myths and Empirical Realities

Thursday, December 10, 2009
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Rayburn House Office Building B-338/339
Washington, DC

Participating panelists include:

Ambassador Barbara Bodine
Lecturer of Public Affairs and Diplomat in Residence, 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 Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East


Dr. John Duke Anthony
Founding President and 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

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Ambassador Barbara Bodine

Ambassador Barbara Bodine
Barbara Bodine is Lecturer of Public Affairs and Diplomat in Residence at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, where she is also Director of the Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative.

Ms. Bodine's over 30 years in the US Foreign Service were spent primarily on Arabian Peninsula and great Persian Gulf issues, specifically US bilateral and regional policy, strategic security issues, counterterrorism, and governance and reform. Her tour as Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen 1997-2001, saw enhanced support for democratization and increased security and counterterrorism cooperation, the establishment of a coast guard, resumption of Fulbright scholarships for Yemeni students, initiation of a $40 million/year economic assistance and development program, and an indigenous landmine awareness and demining program. Ms. Bodine also served in Baghdad as Deputy Principal Officer during the Iran-Iraq War, Kuwait as Deputy Chief of Mission during the Iraqi invasion and occupation of 1990-1991, and again, seconded to the Department of Defense, in Iraq in 2003 as the senior State Department official and the first coalition coordinator for reconstruction in Baghdad and the Central governorates.

In addition to several assignments in the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, she was Associate Coordinator for Counterterrorism Operations and subsequently acting overall Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Director of East African Affairs, Dean of the School of Professional Studies at the Foreign Service Institute, and Senior Advisor for International Security Negotiations and Agreements in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.

Since leaving the government, Ambassador Bodine has been Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Governance Initiative in the Middle East at the Kennedy School, Harvard University, Fellow at the School's Center for Public Leadership and the Institute of Politics, and the Robert Wilhelm Fellow at MIT's Center for International Studies. She has also taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara and lectured at universities and civic groups across the country and abroad as well as a frequent commentator on NPR, the BBC and other media.

Ambassador Bodine is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Secretary's Award for valor for her work in occupied Kuwait, the Secretary's Career Achievement Award and Distinguished Service Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award from UC Santa Barbara, and has been recognized for her work by other agencies. She is the President of the Mine Action Group, America, a global NGO that provides technical expertise for the removal of remnants of conflict worldwide.

Ms. Bodine is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She is a past Regent of the University of California.

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Dr. Christopher Boucek

Dr. Christopher Boucek
Christopher Boucek is an associate in the Carnegie Middle East Program where his research focuses on regional security challenges, including energy, terrorism, de-radicalization, rehabilitation, and disengagement strategies . He received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Drew University, Madison, New Jersey.

Before joining the Carnegie Endowment, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University and lecturer in Politics at the Woodrow Wilson School. He was also previously a media analyst at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C., and worked for several years at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies in London, where he remains an associate fellow. From 2003 to 2005, he was a security editor with Jane's Information Group.

Boucek has written widely on the Middle East, Central Asia, and terrorism for a variety of publications including the Washington Post, CTC Sentinel, Jane's Intelligence Review, Journal of Libyan Studies, Strategic Insights, and Terrorism Monitor. His publications include: "The Counseling Program: Extremist Rehabilitation in Saudi Arabia," in Leaving Terrorism Behind: Disengagement from Political Violence, Tore Bjørgo and John Horgan, eds. (Routledge, September 2008); "Opening up the Jihadi Debate: Yemen's Committee for Dialogue," written with Shazadi Beg and John Horgan, in Leaving Terrorism Behind: Disengagement from Political Violence, Tore Bjørgo and John Horgan, eds. (Routledge, September 2008); "US attempts to secure Gulf Energy Supplies," Jane's Intelligence Digest, February 2008; "The Saudi Process of Repatriating and Reintegrating Guantanamo Returnees," CTC Sentinel, volume 1, issue 1, December 2007; and "Extremist Reeducation and Rehabilitation in Saudi Arabia," Terrorism Monitor, volume 5, issue 16, 16 August 2007.

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Mr. Gregory Johnsen

Mr. Gregory Johnsen
Gregory D. Johnsen, a former Fulbright Fellow in Yemen, is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Johnsen has written for a variety of publications on Yemen including, among others, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, The Independent, The Boston Globe, and The National. He has also held multiple fellowships from the American Institute for Yemeni Studies and was awarded the David R. Schweisberg Memorial Scholarship from the Overseas Press Club in 2006. Johnsen has advised and consulted for a variety of different organizations on issues relating to Yemen. He has appeared on the BBC, NPR, al-Jazeera English and al-Hurra discussing Yemen and is often quoted in media outlets like the New York Times, the Washington Post and others. In 2001 and 2002 he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Jordan. He holds a BA in History (honors) from Hastings College and an MA in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona.

He is also the co-founder, with Brian O'Neill - a former writer and editor for the Yemen Observer - of Waq Al-Waq, a blog they started because, "We both have been studying Yemen for years, and as the country has risen in importance, the quality of discussion has declined. We wanted to contradict some other individuals, blogs and commentators who do not have experience in Yemen or with Arabic, and who turn the facts to fit their opinions. We feel that presenting a thoughtful and nuanced discussion of Yemeni affairs, based in knowledge of its history and culture is in the best interest of all."

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Ambassador James A. Larocco

Ambassador James A. Larocco
James A. Larocco joined the Near East and South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University of the United States Department of Defense in August 2009, after serving more than 35 years as a diplomat. His particular areas of interest include leadership studies, Arab-Israeli relations, Gulf Studies, and regional peacekeeping.

During the past 15 years, he has held key leadership assignments related to the Near East region, including Director General of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), 2004-2009; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East, 2001-2004; U.S. Ambassador to the State of Kuwait, 1997-2001 and Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge D'Affaires in Tel Aviv, 1993-1996. His earlier postings included assignments as Deputy Director of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh Affairs at the State Department in Washington and key positions in American embassies in Egypt, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. He left the Foreign Service with the personal rank of Career Minister, which equates in U.S. military terms to Lieutenant General. During his career, he received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Service Award, personally presented to him by then Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Ambassador Larocco received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Portland (Oregon) and his Master of Arts in International Relations from the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. He is also the recipient of an honorary Doctorate in Public Service from his alma mater, the University of Portland.

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Dr. Mustafa Alani

Dr. Mustafa Alani
Mustapha Alani is a Senior Advisor and Research Program Director in Security and Terrorism Studies at the Gulf Research Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He is also an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies in the United Kindgom. His research focuses on security developments in the Gulf region, with particular emphasis on Iraq and Iran, and on Islamist terrorist organizations and fundamentalist groups. Since 1988, Dr. al-Ani has acted as consultant and advisor to numerous official and non-governmental institutions, and has spoken in front of the House of Commons on a number of issues.

Dr. Alani has also authored numerous books, articles, and reports on security developments in Iraq, Iran and the GCC. He holds a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Exeter, an M.A. in International Relations from Keele University and a B.A. in Politics from the University of Baghdad.

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Dr. John Duke Anthony

Dr. John Duke Anthony
John Duke Anthony is the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and currently serves on the United States Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy. He has served as an international observer in all four of Yemen's presidential and parliamentary elections and has been the only American invited to each of the Gulf Cooperation Council's Ministerial and Heads of State Summits since the GCC's inception in 1981. He was also America's first and only Fulbright Fellow in the former People's Democratic Republic of Yemen. For the past 35 years, he has been a consultant and regular lecturer on the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf for the Departments of Defense and State. He is former Chair, Near East and North Africa Program, and was Founding Chair, Advanced Arabian Peninsula Studies Seminar, Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State.

In addition to heading the National Council, consulting, lecturing, and serving as an Adjunct Faculty Member at the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Institute for Security Assistance Management since 1974, Dr. Anthony has been an Adjunct Professor since 2006 at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies where he developed and teaches a course for graduate students on "Politics of the Arabian Peninsula," the first such academic semester-long course to be offered at any American university. In 2007, he was Visiting Lecturer at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. In 2008 he was the Distinguished Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo's HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin 'Abdalaziz Al-Sa'ud Center for American Studies.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1986, Dr. Anthony is a frequent participant in its study groups on issues relating to the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf regions and the broader Arab and Islamic world. Dr. Anthony is the author of three books, the editor of a fourth, and has published more than 175 articles, essays, and monographs dealing with America's interests and involvement in the Arab countries, the Middle East, and the Islamic world. His best-known works are Arab States of the Lower Gulf: People, Politics, Petroleum; The Middle East: Oil, Politics, and Development (editor and co-author) and, together with J.E. Peterson, Historical and Cultural Dictionary of the Sultanate of Oman and the Emirates of Eastern Arabia. His most recent book, The United Arab Emirates: Dynamics of State Formation, was published in 2002.

Dr. Anthony holds a B.A. in History from the Virginia Military Institute and a Master of Science in Foreign Service (With Distinction) from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and Middle East Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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