REGIONAL STRATEGIC ISSUES: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Moderator: H.E. Dr. Majed Al-Qasabi, Director General, Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation, Riyadh, and former president, Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Keynote Speaker: “Strategic Scenarios for the Energy Future” — Dr. Daniel Yergin, Chairman, Cambridge Energy Research Associates; author of The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and more recently, Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy; former Chair, U.S. Department of Energy’s Task Force on Strategic Energy Research and Development; Board Member, U.S. Energy Association; Member, the National Petroleum Council; the sole foreign member of the Russian Academy of Oil and Gas; Trustee, The Brookings Institution; Board Member, the New American Foundation; Advisory Board Member, the International Institute for Economics.
- “Impact of Events in Iraq and Iran: Implications for Saudi Arabian Interests and Policies” — Mr. Nawaf Obaid, Managing Director of the Saudi National Security Assessment Project, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; co-author, National Security in Saudi Arabia: Threats, Responses, and Challenges.
- “Assessing the Kingdom’s Efforts in Counter-Terrorism and Political Reform” — Dr. Rachel Bronson, Director of Programs, Institute for Global Affairs, Chicago; former Director of Middle East Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Council’s Senior Associate for Near East Programs; author of Thicker than Oil: America’s Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia; and testifier before The Congressional Anti-Terrorist Finance Task Force; Congress’ Joint Economic Committee; and the 9-11 Commission.
- “Oil Prices and the Financial and Investment Outlook for Saudi Arabia” —Dr. Nahed M. Taher, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Gulf One Investment Bank, Bahrain, — the first Saudi Arabian woman to head a bank in the Gulf region; and former Chief Economist, Saudi National Commercial Bank, where she was the first Saudi Arabian woman to hold such a position.
WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS
Dr. John Duke Anthony, President and CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; Member, Council on Foreign Relations; Adjunct Associate Professor on Saudi Arabia and Gulf Politics, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; author, numerous books, articles, and essays on the Arabian Peninsula, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the six GCC countries.
TAKING STOCK OF THE SAUDI ARABIAN U.S. RELATIONSHIP
Moderator: Ms. Afnan Al-Shuaiby, Advisor to the President of the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council, Washington, D.C.; formerly a business consultant to major U.S. companies and commercial associations, including Walt Disney World Company and the Business Council.
Keynote Speaker: “Saudi Arabia and America: Where Are We Headed?” — H.E. Abdalla A. Alireza, Minister of State, Saudi Arabian Council of Ministers; former Co-Chairman, National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce.
- “Saudi Arabian-U.S. Relations: A Balance Sheet on the Issues of Greatest Importance to Both” — The Hon. Robert Jordan, Partner, Baker and Botts; President, Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations; Member, Board of Directors, the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies; in addition to having served as personal attorney to President George W. Bush, he was U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia 2001-2003.
- “The Dynamics of Educational Reform in the Kingdom: A Balance Sheet” —H.E. Dr. Khalil Al-Khalil, Member, Majlis ash-Shura [National Consultative Council], Riyadh and Professor, Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University, Riyadh.
- “Women’s Rights and Development in the Kingdom: An Analytical Assessment” — Dr. Eleanor Abdella Doumato, Visiting Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island; former president of the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies; co-editor of, inter alia, Getting God’s Ear: Women, Islam, and Healing in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, plus author of essays on women in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the Gulf in numerous edited volumes and monographs as well as scholarly journals and encyclopedias.
National Council Malone Fellow and Model Arab League advisor Professor Linda Pappas Funsch contributed a series of stories to the Frederick News-Post drawn from her experiences participating in the National Council Malone Fellowship Oman Cultural Immersion Program.
Linda Pappas Funsch, “Oman Rediscovered,” The Frederick News-Post, 2006.
John Duke Anthony and M. Scott Bortot – America and Arabia: Where Matters Stand (.pdf file).
A special report drawing on the proceedings of the 13th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference. The conference title and theme was “Restoring Arab-U.S. Mutual Trust and Confidence: What is Feasible? — What is Necessary?” The report is from Dr. John Duke Anthony, National Council on U.S. Relations President and CEO, and Mr. M. Scott Bortot, former editor of Trade Lines, a publication of the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce.
The Honorable Molly Williamson and Mr. Hani Beyhum – U.S.-GCC Business and Economic Dialogues: Progress and Prospects (.pdf file)