Category Archives: Mideast Peace Process

The Palestinian Future – 2015 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

Session on The Palestinian Future with H.E. Ambassador Maen Areikat, Mr. Matthew Reynolds, Dr. Jim Zogby, Dr. Imad Harb, Dr. Tom Mattair, and Ms. Randa Fahmy from the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations’ 24th Annual Arab-US Policymakers’ Conference, “U.S.-Arab Relations at a Crossroads: What Paths Forward?,” on October 15, 2015, in Washington, DC.

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The Palestinian Future – 2014 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations23rd Annual Arab U.S.-Policymakers Conference included a session on “The Palestinian Future” that featured Dr. Tom Mattair, H.E. Ambassador Maen Areikat, Ms. Karen Koning AbuZayd, Mr. Bill Corcoran, Mr. Matthew Reynolds, and Mr. Yousef Munayyer.

An audio and video recording of the session as well as a link to the transcript are available below. Videos of the entire 2014 conference are available on YouTube and podcasts of the conference are available through iTunes and FeedBurner.

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The Palestinian Future – 2013 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference



Dr. Thomas Mattair – Executive Director, Middle East Policy Council; former Research Scholar, Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research; author, The Three Occupied UAE Islands: The Tunbs and Abu Musa and Global Security Watch – Iran: A Reference Handbook.


H.E. Ambassador Maen Areikat – Chief Representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to the United States; former Deputy Head and Coordinator-General of the Negotiations Affairs Department of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.

Mr. Bill Corcoran – President and CEO of ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid); former Vice President, Child Fund International.

Mr. Chris McGrath – Senior Liaison Officer and Acting Head of the Washington Representative Office, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA); former Communications Strategist for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Ms. Leila Hilal – Director, Middle East Task Force, New America Foundation; former Senior Policy Adviser to the Commissioner-General of UNRWA.


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Policy Challenges Pertaining To Regional Geo-Political Dynamics: The Palestinian Future – 2012 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference



Ms. Alison Weir – President, Council for the National Interest; Executive Director, If Americans Knew.


Dr. Sara Roy – Senior Research Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University; Board Member, American Near East Refugee Agency (ANERA) and the Center for American Jewish Studies, Baylor University; author,The Gaza Strip: Political Economy of De-development and Hamas and Civil Society in Gaza: Engaging the Islamist Social Sector.

Dr. Tamara Sonn – Wm. R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Humanities, College of William and Mary; author, Interpreting Islam:  Bandali Jawzi’s Islamic Intellectual HistoryReligions through Law: Judaism and IslamIslam: A Brief History, and The Religion Toolkit:  A Complete Guide to Religious Studies.

Mr. Jeff Steinberg – Editor, Executive Intelligence Review.

Mr. Mark Perry – Author, Conceived in LibertyThe Last Days of the CIA, and Talking to Terrorists: Why America Must Engage its Enemies.


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Geopolitical Dynamics: Palestine – 2011 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference



Mr. Yousef Munayyer – Executive Director, Palestine Center and the Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development.


Ms. Michelle Steinberg – Counterintelligence Editor, Executive Intelligence Review (EIR).

Dr. Ghada Karmi – Co-Director, Centre of Palestine Studies, University of Exeter.

Dr. Norton Mezvinsky – Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Connecticut State University; President, International Council for Middle East Studies.

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Dynamics of Palestine in the Coming Arab & UN Seasons – Five Perspectives

September 14, 2011
International Law Institute, Washington, DC


Participants include:

Dr. Philip Giraldi, Executive Director, Council on the National Interest and former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer who served in Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain

Dr. Fouzi El-Asmar, Distinguished Palestinian Writer, Poet, Academic, and Journalist

Mr. Mark Perry, American author specializing in Military Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Analysis

Mr. Jeffrey Steinberg, Senior Editor, Journalist, and Lecturer on Middle East and International Security Affairs


Professor Don Wallace, Jr., Chairman, International Law Institute and Chair, International Council for Middle East Studies

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Geo-Political Dynamics (III): The Palestinian Future – Impediments to Peace and Possibilities for Progress – 2010 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

The Palestinian Future – Impediments to Peace and Possibilities for Progress


Mr. William Corcoran − President, ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid).


Ms. Kathleen Christison former Analyst, Central Intelligence Agency; Author,Perceptions of Palestine: Their Influence on U.S. Middle East PolicyThe Wound of Dispossession: Telling the Palestinian Story; and, Palestine in Pieces: Graphic Perspectives on the Israeli Occupation.

Dr. Sara Roy Senior Research Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University.

Mr. Andrew Whitley − Director, UNRWA Representative Office, New York.

Ms. Barbara Lubin – Founder and Executive Director, Middle East Children’s Alliance.


H.E. Sameh Shoukry − Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United States.

H.E. Maen Areikat Representative of the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the United States.



Geo-Political Dynamics (II): Israel And Palestine – 2009 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference


Chair: Dr. Stephen Zunes − Professor of Politics and International Studies and Chair, Middle Eastern Studies Program, University of San Francisco; Senior Policy Analyst for the “Foreign Policy in Focus” project of the Institute for Policy Studies; Associate Editor, Peace Review; Chair, Academic Advisory Committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict; Alumnus, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Malone Fellows in Arab and Islamic Studies Program; and Host of the National Council’s West Coast Model Arab League.


H.E. Dr. Hussein Hassouna − Ambassador of the League of Arab States to the United States of America; Member, United Nations International Law Commission; former Assistant Foreign Minister of Egypt; former Ambassador of Egypt to Morocco and Yugoslavia; Member, Egyptian delegation involved in reaching the Camp David Accords between Egypt and Israel.

H.E. Maen Rashid Areikat − Ambassador and Head of Mission, Mission of the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the United States; former Director-General, PLO   Negotiations Affairs Department and PLO Negotiations Support Unit.

Dr. Thomas Neu − Executive Director, Friends of UNRWA – the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine; former Middle East Representative for ANERA in the Jerusalem office; formerly with the United States Peace Corps and Save the Children.

Mr. Robert Malley − Middle East and North Africa Program Director, International Crisis Group; former Special Assistant to President Clinton for Arab-Israeli Affairs; former Executive Assistant to Samuel R. Berger, National Security Advisor; former Director for Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, National Security Council.

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Geo-Political Dynamics (II): Israel and Palestine – 2008 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference


Chair: Dr. Peter Gubser Immediate Past President, American Near East Refugee Aid, Inc [ANERA]; Member, Board of Directors, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.

Speakers: Dr. Nadia Hijab − Senior Fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Palestine Studies. Author, Womanpower: The Arab Debate on Women at Work and co-author Citizens Apart: A Portrait of Palestinians in Israel. She was Editor-in-Chief of the London-based Middle East magazine before moving to New York in 1989 to join the United Nations. Since 1999, she has worked as an independent consultant for international organizations on human rights, human development, gender, and the media.

Mr. Daniel Levy − Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Initiative at the New America Foundation and a Senior Fellow and Director of the Prospects for Peace Initiative at The Century Foundation.

Dr. Naseer Aruri − Chancellor Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; author of numerous books and articles on the Arab-Israeli conflict; President of the Board, Trans-Arab Research Institute; Member, Executive Committee, Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine.



Dr. Peter Gubser AUDIO (.mp3)

Dr. Nadia Hijab AUDIO (.mp3)

Mr. Daniel Levy AUDIO (.mp3)

Dr. Naseer Aruri AUDIO (.mp3)


Geo-Political Dynamics (II): Israel and Palestine – 2007 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference



Dr. Peter Gubser, Immediate Past President, American Near East Refugee Aid, Inc.


H.E. Afif Safieh, Ambassador of the Palestine Liberation Organization Mission to the United States

Mr. Daniel Levy, Senior Fellow, New American Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Mark Perry, Co-Chair, Conflicts Forum; and author, Four Stars: The Inside Story of the Forty-Year Battle Between the Joint Chiefs of Staff and America’s Civilian LeadersEclipse: The Last Days of the CIA; A Fire In Zion: Inside the Israeli-Palestinian Peace ProcessConceived In LibertyLift Up Thy Voice: The Grimke Family’s Journey from Slaveholders to Civil Rights Leaders; and Twain and Grant