In the past half century, no Arab sub-regional inter-state organization has been as successful as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), established in May 1981.
How have the GCC and its six member-countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE) achieved what they have accomplished? What explains the GCC's unprecedented level of activism in affairs beyond Arabia and the Gulf in the past year?
In the period ahead, what are the members' positions, roles, capacities, and key foreign policy objectives likely to be? What are likely to be their needs, concerns, and interests towards --
Becoming a closer political union? Maintaining regional peace? Improving relations with Iran? Enhancing ties with Iraq? Strengthening security? Sustaining stability?
Admitting additional members? Accommodating its youths' demands? Meeting its own as well as global energy requirements? Continuing the momentum of its modernization and development goals? Aiding the world's economic growth and financial well-being?
Come to hear and discuss some of the answers at:
The Gulf Cooperation Council at 31:
Implications of Trends and
Indications for GCC and US Interests
Presented by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and the
U.S.-GCC Corporate Cooperation Committee,
in Association with
The Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
Thursday, May 24, 2012
9:00 - 9:30 a.m. - Coffee & Tea
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Remarks and Questions
The Horizon Ballroom
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20004
A government-issued, photo identification is
necessary to enter the Ronald Reagan Building.
Participating specialists include:
Dr. Odeh Aburdene
Participant, international economic, business,
and investment forums in Bahrain;
Doha, Qatar; Dubai, United Arab Emirates;
and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Dr. John Duke Anthony
Member, U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee
on International Economic Policy and
its Subcommittee on Sanctions
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
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Dr. Odeh Aburdene is President of OAI Advisors. OAI Advisors provides advice and consultancy on Middle East business, energy and private equity. Prior to that he was a managing partner of Capital Trust S.A. At present Dr. Aburdene is a senior advisor to Capital Trust.
Dr. Aburdene has spoken on the topic of venture capital and economic growth in the Middle East at the Dubai Strategy Forum in 2002, the Jeddah Economic Forum in 2004 and he participated in the UCLA conference on Economic Growth in the Middle East in Doha, Qatar in 2006.
In May of 2010 Dr. Aburdene attended the Bahrain Global Forum which was sponsored by the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London and participated in a discussion on venture capital and entrepreneurship in the Arab world.
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 was an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies from 2006-2011, where he taught a course on "Politics of the Arabian Peninsula."
Ms. Randa Fahmy Hudome is a member of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' Board of Directors and recently participated in sessions of the Council's 20th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference on Energy Dynamics and Geopolitical Dynamics: Arab North Africa (The Maghreb) / Syria / Yemen.
She is the President of Fahmy Hudome International (FHI), a strategic consulting firm which provides critical advice and counsel to Fortune 500 companies, foreign governments, media organizations, and private sector entities with business interests in the Middle East and North Africa.
Prior to founding FHI, Ms. Fahmy Hudome was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the United States Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy.
Mr. Andrew Rabens is the Special Advisor for Youth Engagement at the State Department in the Bureau of Near East Affairs (Middle East and North Africa), Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.
He focuses on regional youth engagement initiatives and outreach to young leaders in the Middle East and North Africa. Andrew previously worked on youth engagement efforts in the Bureau of African Affairs and in the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.
He has traveled extensively in the Middle East and North Africa and done short stints abroad at the U.S. Embassies in Amman, Jordan; Cairo, Egypt; Gaborone, Botswana; Tbilisi, Georgia; and the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem.
Mr. Robert Sharp is Associate Professor at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA Center), U.S. Department of Defense/National Defense University, focusing on Yemen and Lebanon.
Prior to joining the NESA Center, he served for nearly four years as an Assistant Professor at the College of International Security Affairs (CISA) at the National Defense University, where he wrote the Master’s Degree syllabus for a program concentration in Conflict Management of Stability Operations and also taught Counterterrorism, Counterinsurgency, and Homeland Defense.
Mr. Sharp served 25 years in the British Army, retiring with the rank of Colonel.
Ms. Molly Williamson speaks extensively on US foreign policy, the interagency process, energy, economic and demographic factors affecting policy formulation, and US-Middle East relations, especially the Israel-Palestine conflict, Iran and nuclear challenges.
She is a scholar with the Middle East Institute, a Distinguished Scholar-In-Residence at the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, a consultant, and lecturer at Johns Hopkins University Osher Institute. Ms. Williamson is a former Foreign Service Officer, having served six presidents, and achieved the rank of Career Minister.
From 2005 to 2008, Ms. Williamson was the Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Energy, with global responsibilities at the nexus of foreign policy and energy policy.
Mr. Joshua Yaphe serves as the Arabian Peninsula analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the U.S. Department of State. He is responsible for research and analysis of political, economic, military, and cultural issues related to the Arabian Peninsula, with a special emphasis on Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
He also serves as State Department’s liaison with the intelligence community on these countries, and contributes to the work of the Department by providing an institutional memory on these issues. Before assuming this position in 2009, Mr. Yaphe served as the Strategic Planning Officer in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.
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