National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

invites you to attend

What Lies Ahead for America in Arabia and the Gulf?:
Analyses and Prognoses

Thursday, September 15, 2011
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-340
Washington, D.C.

Participating specialists include:

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

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

R.S.V.P. (Acceptances Only) via email to



Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions you can call the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations at (202) 293-6466.

Dr. Abdulaziz Sager

Dr. Abdulaziz Sager Dr. Abdulaziz Sager is the Chairman and Founder of the Gulf Research Center. He is also President of Sager Group Holding in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Sager has a special research interest in Gulf strategic issues and is a regular contributor and commentator to international and regional media as well as the author of numerous publications. In 2003, Dr. Sager was appointed as a member of the Makkah Province Council. In addition, he serves on the advisory group for the 4th Arab Human Development Report for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and also as a Faculty of Economics and Administration of King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Christian Koch

Dr. Christian Koch Dr. Christian Koch is the Director of the Gulf Research Center Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland. Previously, he served as Director of International Studies at the Gulf Research Center in Dubai, UAE. Prior to joining the GRC, he worked as Head of the Strategic Studies Section at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, Abu Dhabi. His work at the Gulf Research Center combines the various international and foreign relations issues of the GCC states with a particular interest in GCC-EU Relations. Dr. Koch regularly writes for the international media including the Financial Times, Handelsblatt, die Süddeutsche Zeitung, and Jane's Sentinel Publications on Gulf issues, and his media appearances include the BBC, Deutsche Welle, and Al-Arabiyya television.

Dr. Mustafa Alani

Dr. Mustafa Alani Dr. Mustafa Alani is the Senior Advisor and Director of the Security and Defence Studies Department at the Gulf Research Center (GRC). Before assuming his position at the GRC, Dr. Alani worked as a Senior Consultant on Middle East Security at the Middle East Security Program, The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) in London. He is a frequent lecturer on political and security developments in the Middle East region in general, with special focus on issues and developments affecting the Gulf states (the GCC, Iraq, Iran, and Yemen.) He is the author of several books and essays on security and defense, and contributes frequently to international news agencies and leading newspapers in English and Arabic.

Dr. John Duke Anthony

Dr. John Duke Anthony Dr. 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 and its subcommittees on Sanctions and Trade and Investment. For the past 38 years he has been a consultant and regular lecturer on the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf for the Departments of Defense and State. Dr. Anthony has served as an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Department of Defense's Institute for Security Assistance Management (DISAM) since 1974, and as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies since 2006, where he teaches a course on "Politics of the Arabian Peninsula."


  Gulf Research Center
The Gulf Research Center (GRC) was established in 2000 as a public policy research institute/"think tank," thereby joining a community of nearly 7,000 such centers worldwide. It currently has offices in Geneva, Switzerland; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and Cambridge, UK. In the University of Pennsylvania's "Global Think Tank Survey" in 2010, the GRC walked away with more awards for excellence than any other sister research organization in the region. The Survey ranked the GRC second among the 333 think tanks in the Middle East and Arab North Africa and first in the eight-state Gulf region comprised of Iran, Iraq, and the six GCC countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. In so doing, the GRC bested such older, larger, and more widely recognized international "think tanks" as the Survey's four top-rated policy research organizations in Israel -- the Institute for National Security Studies, the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, the Begin Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, and the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs -- and, among others, the Brookings Institution in Doha, Qatar. Among the criteria that determine the final selection of the Survey's annual think tank awards are the rigor and relevance of the research and analysis produced, the organization's ability to produce new knowledge or alternative ideas on matters pertaining to public policy, and its efforts to contribute to positive change in its given fields of policy-related endeavor as well as its overall academic and media reputation.


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