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.
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)