National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

in collaboration with the

Bridges of Understanding Foundation

and with support from

The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center


A Conversation with His Royal Highness
Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein

Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United States


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

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

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


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Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein
Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein is Jordan's Ambassador to the United States and non-resident Ambassador to Mexico. He was previously the kingdom's Permanent Representative to the United Nations; a post he held six and a half years (2000-2007). From 1996-2000, he was Jordan's Deputy Permanent Representative at the UN, with the rank of Ambassador. An expert in the field of international justice, Prince Zeid played a central role in the establishment of the International Criminal Court. In September 2002, Prince Zeid was elected the first president of the governing body of the International Criminal Court, at a time when the Court was only a plan on paper. Prince Zeid also served as a political affairs officer in UNPROFOR in the former Yugoslavia from February 1994 to February 1996, and, having worked intimately with peacekeeping issues for over the last decade, his knowledge of peacekeeping is extensive.

Prince Zeid holds a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from Cambridge (Christ's College). In 1989, he also received his commission as an officer in the Jordanian desert police (the successor to the Arab Legion) and saw service with them until 1994.

Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein


Dr. John Duke Anthony
Dr. John Duke Anthony is founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. He has recently accepted appointment to the U.S. Department of State's Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACEIP). For the past 35 years Dr. Anthony has been a consultant and regular lecturer on the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf for the Departments of Defense and State. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1986, Dr. Anthony is a frequent participant in its study groups on issues related to the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf regions as well as the broader Arab and Islamic world. Dr. Anthony has accompanied more than 200 Members of Congress, their chiefs of staff, defense and foreign affairs advisers, and legislative and communications directors on fact-finding missions to the Arab world. He holds a B.A. in History from Virginia Military Institute, a Master of Science in Foreign Service (With Distinction) from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in International Relations and Middle East Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.


Bridges of Understanding is a not-for-profit, non-political organization devoted to supporting projects and efforts that foster better understanding between the American people and people of the Arab world. As facilitators of change we aim to create spheres of influence among future opinion leaders, inspiring them to affect positive change and to support initiatives that encourage better understanding, dialogue, and appreciation between peoples of different cultures. Through our Journeys to the Middle East, our annual conferences, and our Youth Talk videoconferencing program for high school students, Bridges provides a gateway to understanding from political, historic, economic, and religious perspectives. In addition, Bridges supports projects that are initiated by small organizations working to break down stereotypes on both sides to build mutual appreciation between the United States and the Arab world. For more information, please visit


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.

The National Council has been granted public charity status in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by U.S. law.

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