National Council on U.S.-Arab Relatoins

Saudi-U.S. Relations Information Service

The Saudi-U.S. Relations Information Service (SUSRIS) project — an independent, private-sector information resource – offers objective, comprehensive news and information on the history, breadth and depth of the US-Saudi Arabia relationship.

SUSRIS and its e-newsletters provide information from a variety of sources that would otherwise be difficult for most readers to uncover. In addition, SUSRIS offers original materials such as interviews, essays and more. SUSRIS endeavors to provide information and resources that enable a clear assessment of this important relationship as well as contribute to a better understanding between the people of the United States and Saudi Arabia.



GulfWire, a publication of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and the U.S.-GCC Corporate Cooperation Committee, debuted in July 1999 as a weekly emailed newsletter followed in November 1999 by its companion web site, The combination allowed thousands of professionals who follow developments in the Gulf region to receive a comprehensive source of news, business and analysis in their email inbox, as well as having an on-line repository for archives and related resources.

In 2001 the GulfWire e-newsletter was renamed GulfWire Digest and two new resources were added to the family: GulfWire Perspectives, an e-newsletter providing material too lengthy for the Digest, such as essays, background briefings, transcripts and insightful analytical reports; and the Voices of the Region, an e-newsletter providing commentary from leading figures and media in the Gulf region.

The National Council ceased publication of GulfWire in 2004, but the GulfWire archives from 1999 to 2004 can still be accessed at

GulfWire Archive

The Middle East Institute's Department of Language and Regional Studies

Founded in 1953, The Middle East Institute's Department of Language and Regional Studies offers multiple levels of nationally accredited language training in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. Classes especially focused on interaction with mainstream Arabic Media sources are also offered by the department. Employees of government agencies, foreign embassies, international consulting organizations, corporations, as well as local students frequently benefit from MEI language training. In addition to language training, the Department of Language and Regional Studies offers a variety of courses on the history, politics, and culture of the Middle East. Classes are offered evenings and weekends year-round at the Middle East Institute’s Dupont Circle location. Private and group tutoring sessions are available in all languages for affordable hourly rates. All classes offered by the Department of Language and Regional Studies are taught by MEI’s diverse and accomplished faculty.

The Middle East Institute

The Middle East Institute's Department of Language and Regional Studies