National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations


National Council President & CEO is Appointed to Department of State's Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy

Washington, DC | May, 11 2009 | | Dr. John Duke Anthony, founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and an Adjunct Associate Professor of "Politics of the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf" at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University, has accepted an invitation to join the Department of State's Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP). The appointment is for a two-year term. The ACIEP, which meets four times a year, serves the U.S. Government in an advisory capacity by providing insight, guidance, and assistance to the Department's economic and foreign policy planning process.

The ACIEP provides policy advice on such issues as private sector development in Iraq and Afghanistan, economic sanctions policy, the downturn in international financial markets, the U.S.-China relationship, bilateral investment treaties, the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Security and Prosperity Partnership, the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Economic Council, Africa and U.S. malaria policy, and public-private partnerships. It also advises on free trade agreements, of which in addition to one with Israel, four such agreements have been concluded between the United States and Arab countries, including ones with which the National Council has administered numerous cross-cultural educational programs, namely, the Kingdoms of Bahrain, Jordan, and Morocco, as well as the Sultanate of Oman. ACIEP membership consists of representatives of American organizations and institutions from business, labor, environment, academia, legal consultancies, and other public interest groups.

Dr. Anthony, a long-time specialist on the Arab world and a frequent visitor in the region, has been a consultant to the Department of State since 1971, serving from 1975-1976 as Chairman of the Department's Near East and North Africa Program, the lead U.S. agency responsible for training American diplomatic and defense personnel assigned to the Arab countries and the Middle East, in addition to being appointed founding Director of the Department's Advanced Arabian Peninsula Studies Program in 1981. He has also been a consultant to the Department of Defense from 1974 to the present, serving as Adjunct Professor on Arabian Peninsula Affairs at the Defense Institute for Security Assistance; Visiting Professor at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School; regular lecturer at the National War College; Visiting Professor at the Defense Intelligence College, Chairman of the Saudi Arabia Studies Program for American armed forces officers assigned to the Office of Program Management for the Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program from 1975-1988; and from 1996 until the present, lead escort for more than 130 armed officers selected by the Commander of U.S. Central Command to participate in the National Council's cultural immersion programs in Egypt, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. In addition, he headed the area studies training program for Department of Treasury personnel assigned to the Saudi Arabian-U.S. Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation from the Commission's inception in 1975 until its completion in 1988. He is the only American to have been invited to each of the GCC's Ministerial and Heads of State Summits since the GCC's inception in 1981.

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations was established in 1983 as a non-profit, non-governmental educational organization based in Washington, D.C. The Council works to strengthen and expand U.S.-Arab relationships in the areas of strategy, economics, public policy, commerce, defense cooperation, education, and people-to-people exchanges. For additional information about the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and Dr. John Duke Anthony see, and for additional information about the ACIEP see


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