Category Archives: Security and Defense

The Intervention in Bahrain through the Lenses of its Supporters

John Duke Anthony – The Intervention in Bahrain through the Lenses of its Supporters (.pdf file)

This essay from Dr. Anthony analyzes the Gulf Cooperation Council’s response to Bahrain’s request for defense assistance in March 2011. It was written for the website of the Abu Dhabi-based Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR). The ECSSR is one of the GCC countries’ oldest and most productive think tanks and research institutes on public policy issues. A shorter version of this essay was published on the ECSSR website and can be accessed here: http://t.co/MLsibJx.

Analyzing Transformational Change in the Arab World

On April 13, 2011, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Founding President and CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony spoke to members and guests of the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs (bcfausa.org) on “Analyzing Transformational Change in the Arab World.”

Dr. John Duke Anthony – Analyzing Transformational Change in the Arab World (.mp3)

Video and audio recordings courtesy of the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs.

Defense Cooperation – 2010 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

DEFENSE COOPERATION

CHAIR:

Secretary William S. Cohen − Chairman and Chief Executive of the Cohen Group; former United States Secretary of Defense (1997-2001).

SPEAKERS:

Dr. Anthony H. Cordesman− Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Adjunct Professor in National Security Affairs, Georgetown University.

Mr. Joseph McMillan − Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Department of Defense.

Mr. Christopher Blanchard − Analyst in Middle Eastern Affairs, Congressional Research Service.

COMMENTATORS:

Major General Mohammed Elkeshky − Defense Attaché of Egypt to the United States and Canada.

General Joseph P. Hoar (USMC, Ret.) – Former Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Central Command.

VIDEO

TRANSCRIPT (.pdf)

SLIDES FROM DR. ANTHONY CORDESMAN (.pdf)

Defense Cooperation -– Enhancing Regional Security – 2009 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference


“DEFENSE COOPERATION –
ENHANCING REGIONAL SECURITY”

 

 

Chair: Mr. Christopher Blanchard − United States Congress, Congressional Research Service (CRS), Middle East Policy Analyst, Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division;   author and co-author of, among other works, numerous CRS studies for the Congress, including reports on the Gulf Security Dialogue and related U.S. arms sales, U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and regional perspectives on the Iraq conflict.

Speakers:

General Joseph P. Hoar (USMC, Ret.) − former Commander, U.S. Central Command, with responsibility for planning and operations for 27 countries in the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, and the Horn of Africa. Upon retirement from his long military career, General Hoar formed J.P. Hoar & Associates, a consulting firm engaged in business development in the Middle East and Africa.

Mr. Richard J. Millies − Vice President, International Strategy and Business Development, BAE Systems; former Deputy Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency, U.S. Department of Defense; and former Director of Policy, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs.

Commentator:

H.E. Mohammed Bin Abdullah Bin Mutib Al Rumaihi − Foreign Minister’s Assistant for Follow Up Affairs, State of Qatar; Qatar’s Ambassador to France and non-resident Ambassador to Belgium, the Swiss Federation, Luxembourg, and the European Union (2002-2003); Head of the Government Committee for Delineating Maritime Borders and   the Working Team of the U.N. Security Council (2006-2007); headed the organizing committees of international conferences such as F77, China 2005, New and Restored Democracies 2006, Gulf Summit 2007, Financing Development Summit 2008, Arab Summit 2009, and the Arab and Latin America Summit 2009; former Major General, Qatari Armed Forces.

AUDIO (.mp3)

TRANSCRIPT (.pdf)

Defense Cooperation – 2008 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

“DEFENSE COOPERATION”

Chair: Rear Admiral Harold J. Bernsen, (USN, Ret.) −  Chairman, Board of Directors, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; President, Board of Trustees of Physicians for Peace; Director, American-Bahraini Friendship Society; former Commander, U.S. Middle East Force; and Director Emeritus, National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce.

Speakers: Dr. Anthony H. Cordesman − Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Adjunct Professor in National Security Affairs, Georgetown University; former senior adviser and consultant to the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, State.

Mr. Christopher Blanchard −Middle East Policy Analyst, Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division, Congressional Research Service, United States Congress.  Mr. Blanchard has authored or co-authored 13 CRS reports for the Congress, including products on the Gulf Security Dialogue and related U.S. arms sales, U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and regional perspectives on the Iraq conflict.

Mr. Jeffrey C. McCray − Vice President, International Marketing, BAE SYSTEMS. BAE Systems is a major defense contractor, representing the merger of British Aerospace and Marconi Electronic Systems, engaged in the development, delivery, and support of advanced defense and aerospace systems.

Ambassador Barbara Bodine − Director of the “Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative” and a Diplomat-in-Residence at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Ms. Bodine’s over 30 years in the US Foreign Service were spent primarily on Arabian Peninsula and great Persian Gulf issues, specifically US bilateral and regional policy, strategic security issues, counterterrorism, and governance and reform.

TRANSCRIPT (.pdf)

AUDIO FROM PANEL INTRODUCTION (.mp3)

Dr. Anthony H. Cordesman AUDIO (.mp3)

Mr. Christopher Blanchard AUDIO (.mp3)

Mr. Jeffrey C. McCray AUDIO (.mp3)

Ambassador Barbara Bodine AUDIO (.mp3)

AUDIO FROM PANEL Q & A (.mp3)

DR. CORDESMAN’S FULL POWERPOINT PRESENTATION (.ppt)

Revisiting Arab-U.S. Strategic Relations: An Overview and Personal Perspective – 2008 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

“REVISITING ARAB-U.S. STRATEGIC RELATIONS: AN OVERVIEW AND PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE”

General Wesley Clark (USA, Ret.) − Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe; author, A Time to Lead, Waging Modern War, and Winning Modern Wars; candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States [2004].

VIDEO

TRANSCRIPT (.pdf)

General Wesley Clark (USA, Ret.) AUDIO (.mp3)

Defense Cooperation – 2007 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

DEFENSE COOPERATION

Chair: 

Major General William Nash (USA, Ret.), Adjunct Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Military Fellows Program, Council on Foreign Relations; former Director of Operations, U.S. Advisory Mission to the Modernization Program of the Saudi Arabian National Guard

Speakers: 

Lieutenant General Martin E. Dempsey, Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command; former Director of Operations, U.S. Advisory Mission to the Modernization Program of the Saudi Arabian National Guard

Dr. Anthony H. Cordesman, Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy, Center for Strategic and International Studies; and author, inter alia, of The Iraq WarSaudi Arabia Enters the 21st CenturyThe Lessons of AfghanistanTerrorism, Asymmetric Warfare, and Weapons of Mass DestructionCyberthreats, Information Warfare, and Critical Infrastructure ProtectionStrategic Threats and National Missile Defenses;and The Lessons and Non-Lessons of the Air and Missile Campaign in Kosovo

Dr. J.E. Peterson, Writer and Specialist on the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf Affairs, and author, inter alia, of Defending ArabiaDefense and Regional Security in the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf Region, 1973-2004: An Annotated BibliographyOman’s Insurgencies: The Sultanate’s Struggle for Supremacy;Historical Dictionary of Saudi Arabia. 2nd ed.Saudi Arabia and the Illusion of Security; and The Arab Gulf States: Steps Towards Political Participation

DR. CORDESMAN’S FULL SLIDE PRESENTATION (.pdf)

AUDIO (.mp3)

TRANSCRIPT (.pdf)

Revisiting Arab-U.S. Strategic Relations: An Overview and Personal Perspective – 2007 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

REVISITING ARAB-U.S. STRATEGIC RELATIONS: AN OVERVIEW AND PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE

General Wesley K. Clark (USA, Ret.) – Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe; author, A Time to LeadWaging Modern War, and Winning Modern Wars

TRANSCRIPT (.pdf)

Transformation and Tradition in U.S. Aerospace and Defense Relations with the Mideast: U.S. Government and Private Sector Perspectives

Transformation and Tradition in U.S. Aerospace and Defense Relations with the Mideast: U.S. Government and Private Sector Perspectives (.pdf file)

Articles from:
Major General Larry G. Smith
Dr. Joseph Moynihan
Mr. Ernest Jackson
Mr. John Hambrie