Arab-US Policymakers Conference 2012
October 25-26, 2012 – Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, Washington, DC
This year marks the 21st Arab-US Policymakers Conference, or AUSPC, organized by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, under the direction of Dr. John Duke Anthony. The Policymakers Conference series has endured by filling a void on the Washington calendar for a regular, well organized symposium where leaders in diplomacy, business, academia, the military and elsewhere can assemble to network and discuss the challenges and issues affecting the Arab world and the United States’ policy and position in it. SUSRIS has had the privilege of attending all of the AUSPC conferences since it was launched ten years ago and has admired the hard work and dedication that has produced a very professional, highly regarded event. We applaud the National Council on US-Arab Relations for advancing its mission through the conference and look forward to many more years of Policymakers Conferences.
2012 Keynote Speeches, Panel Presentations and Special Reports
- AUSPC 2012 Keynote: Prince Turki Al-Faisal – SUSRIS – Oct 31, 2012
- What Can Be Done?: A Conversation with Prince Turki Al-Faisal – SUSRIS Exclusive Interview – Oct 31, 2012
- Focusing on Substance – 21 Arab-US Policymakers Conferences: A Conversation with John Duke Anthony – SUSRIS Exclusive Interview – Oct 29, 2012
- AUSPC 2012: Change Without Progress in the Middle East – Freeman – SUSRIS – Oct 28, 2012
- Get AUSPC Toolkit in the SUSRIS iPhone App & Follow Twitter – SUSRIS – Oct 24, 2012
- AUSPC Toolkit: Conference Featured Speakers – SUSRIS – Oct 24, 2012
- AUSPC Toolkit: Conference Schedule Fri 10.26 – SUSRIS – Oct 24, 2012
- AUSPC Toolkit: Conference Schedule Thurs 10.25 – SUSRIS – Oct 24, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS [LINK HERE]
Mr. John Mulholland – Chairman, Board of Directors, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.
Dr. John Duke Anthony – Founding President and CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, and author, inter alia, of Arab States of the Lower Gulf: People, Politics, Petroleum; Historical and Cultural Dictionary of the Sultanate of Oman and the Emirates of Eastern Arabia; and The United Arab Emirates: Dynamics of State Formation.
Mr. Don Battle – Acting Manager of the International Trade Center, U.S. General Services Administration.
THE UNPRECEDENTED EMERGENCE OF THE AVIATION SECTOR IN THE GCC [LINK HERE]
Dr. John Duke Anthony
Mr. Akbar Al Baker – CEO, Qatar Airways and Doha International Airport.
DEFENSE COOPERATION DYNAMICS: ENHANCING REGIONAL SECURITY
The Honorable Molly Williamson – Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; Adjunct Scholar, Middle East Institute; former Senior Foreign Policy Adviser to the Secretary of Energy (2005-2008); former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for the Middle East, South Asia, Oceania and Africa (1999-2004); former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia (1993-1995).
VADM Robert Harward – Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command; former Commander, Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435 in Afghanistan; former Deputy Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command; and former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff representative to the National Counterterrorism Center.
Mr. David Des Roches – Professor, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University; National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Malone Fellow in Arab and Islamic Studies.
Mr. Robert Sharp – Assistant Professor, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University.
Dr. Anthony Cordesman – Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy, Center for Strategic and International Studies; consultant to the U.S. State Department, Defense Department, and intelligence community; former Director of Intelligence Assessment, Office of the Secretary of Defense.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS - HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal [LINK HERE]
Chairman, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; former Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United Kingdom and to the United States of America; former Director General, General Intelligence Directorate, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
ENERGY: POLICYMAKING DYNAMICS OF SOURCES, SUPPLY, AND SECURITY [LINK HERE]
Ms. Randa Fahmy Hudome – President, Fahmy Hudome International; former Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy; Member, Board of Directors, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.
Mr. James LeJeune – President, Chevron Middle East North Africa Inc.
Mr. John Hofmeister – Founder and Chief Executive, Citizens for Affordable Energy; former President, Shell Oil Company.
Mr. Frank Verrastro – Senior Vice President and Director, Energy and National Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies.
POLICYMAKING CONSIDERATIONS REGARDING REGIONAL GEO-POLITICAL DYNAMICS: IRAQ AND SYRIA
Dr. John L. Iskander – Chair, Near East and North Africa Area Studies, Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State.
Dr. David Lesch – Professor of Middle East History, Trinity University; author, The Fall of the House of Assad, The Arab – Israeli Conflict: A History, and The New Lion of Damascus: Bashar al-Asad and Modern Syria.
Ms. Mona Yacoubian – Senior Advisor, Middle East and Project Director, Pathways to Progress, Stimson Center; former Special Advisor and Senior Program Officer on the Middle East, U.S. Institute of Peace; former North Africa analyst, U.S. Department of State.
Dr. Judith Yaphe – Distinguished Research Fellow for the Middle East, Institute for National Strategic Studies; former senior analyst in the office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis, Directorate of Intelligence, CIA.
Mr. Abdullah Alshammari – Advisor, Saudi Arabia Ministry of Culture and Information.
Professor Paul Sullivan – Professor of Economics, Eisenhower School, National Defense University; Adjunct Professor, Security Studies, Georgetown University; Columnist, Turkiye Gazetesi, Istanbul, Turkey.
Ambassador (Ret.) Theodore Kattouf – President and CEO, AMIDEAST; former U.S Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and Syria.
POLICYMAKING CONCERNS RELATED TO REGIONAL GEO-POLITICAL DYNAMICS: ARAB NORTH AFRICA
Mr. Christopher Blanchard – Middle East Policy Analyst, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress.
H.E. Ambassador Ali Aujali – Ambassador of Libya to the United States.
Professor Paul Sullivan
Ms. Alexis Arieff – Analyst on Africa and the Maghreb, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress.
Mr. Karim Haggag – Visiting Professor, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University; former Director, Egyptian Press and Information Office in Washington, DC.
Dr. David Ottaway – Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center; former Washington Post foreign correspondent in the Middle East, Africa, and Southern Europe; author,The King’s Messenger: Prince Bandar bin Sultan and America’s Tangled Relationship with Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Néjib Ayachi – Founder and President, Maghreb Center.
Friday, October 26, 2012
SAUDI ARABIAN – U.S. RELATIONS: A VIEW FROM RIYADH [LINK HERE]
Ambassador James Smith – U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
ARAB-U.S. RELATIONS: A VIEW FROM THE LEAGUE OF ARAB STATES [LINK HERE]
H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mohammed Alhussaini Alsharif – Chief Representative of the League of Arab States to the United States; former Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Canada and Turkey; former Head of the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Houston.
POLICY CHALLENGES PERTAINING TO REGIONAL GEO-POLITICAL DYNAMICS: THE PALESTINIAN FUTURE [LINK HERE]
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 History, Religions through Law: Judaism and Islam, Islam: 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 Liberty, The Last Days of the CIA, and Talking to Terrorists: Why America Must Engage its Enemies
POLICYMAKING OPPORTUNITIES AND LESSONS LEARNED FROM REGIONAL GEO-POLITICAL DYNAMICS: THE ARABIAN PENINSULA (GCC COUNTRIES AND YEMEN) [LINK HERE]
Dr. John Duke Anthony
Dr. Abdel Aziz Abu Hamad Aluwaisheg – Assistant Secretary General for Negotiations and Strategic Dialogue, Gulf Cooperation Council.
Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla – Professor of Political Science, United Arab Emirates University (Abu Dhabi); lead author, 2008 Arab Knowledge Report.
Dr. Abdullah K. Al-Shayji – Chairman, Department of Political Science, Kuwait University; author, Kuwait’s Ceaseless Quest for Survival in a Hostile Environment.
Luncheon Remarks and Addresses [LINK HERE]
Mr. Danny E. Sebright – President, U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council.
“Egyptian-U.S. Relations: A View from Cairo”
H.E. Ambassador Mohamed M. Tawfik – Ambassador of Egypt to the United States.
“Arab-U.S. Economic Relations: A View from Washington”
“Arab-U.S. Economic Relations: A View from Washington” [LINK HERE]
The Honorable Jose W. Fernandez – Assistant Secretary, Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State.
POLICYMAKING OPPORTUNITIES IN BUSINESS, FINANCE, AND HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT [LINK HERE]
Ms. Elizabeth Wossen – Principal and Lead Consultant, Energy Links Group LLC; former Coordinator, Congressional and Government Relations, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation; Member, Board of Directors, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.
Mr. Khush Choksy – Senior Director, Middle East Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; former Director, Chemonics International.
Dr. Mody AlKhalaf – Director of Social and Cultural Affairs, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia; Editor-in-Chief, Al-Mubtaath (“The Scholar”).
Ambassador (Ret.) Ford Fraker – Senior Adviser and Chairman for the Middle East and North Africa Group, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.; former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Hisham Fahmy – CEO, American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt; Founder, Egyptian Association of Executives; former Acting Director, Egyptian Center for Economic Studies.
Mr. Ken Close – Founder and CEO, Quincy International; former Senior Policy Advisor to HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal.
AMERICAN AND ARAB POLICY SUCCESSES AND SHORTCOMINGS REGARDING THE REGIONAL GEO-POLITICAL DYNAMICS OF IRAN [LINK HERE]
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.
Dr. Kenneth Katzman – Specialist in Middle East Affairs in the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress.
Dr. Trita Parsi – Founder and President, National Iranian American Council; authorA Single Roll of the Dice – Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran and Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States.
Mr. Alireza Nader – Senior Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation; author, Israel and Iran: A Dangerous Rivalry, The Next Supreme Leader: Succession in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and lead co-author, Coping with a Nuclearizing Iran.
Ms. Hillary Mann Leverett – Senior Professorial Lecturer of U.S. foreign policy, American University’s School of International Service; Visiting Scholar, Peking University’s School of International Studies; CEO, STRATEGA; co-author, The Race for Iran Blog; co-author, Going to Tehran: Why the United States Needs to Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic (forthcoming).
ARAB-U.S. RELATIONS: VIEWS FROM THE ARAB MEDIA [LINK HERE]
Ms. Barbara Ferguson – Consultant, United States Marine Corps’ Center for Advanced Operational Culture; former Washington Correspondent, Arab News; former embedded war correspondent in Iraq.
Mr. Jamal Khashoggi – General Manager and Editor-in-Chief, Al Arab News Channel; former Editor-in-Chief, Al-Watan.
Ms. Nadia Bilbassy – Chief U.S. Correspondent, Middle East Broadcasting Center Television.
AUSPC ARCHIVES 2011
- AUSPC2011: Amb Chas Freeman Keynote – SUSRIS – Oct 30, 2011
- AUSPC2011: Prince Turki Al-Faisal Keynote – SUSRIS – Oct 30, 2011
- AUSPC2011: Business, Investment and Financial Development – SUSRIS – Nov 3, 2011
- Exclusive Interview – Another Look Inside the Kingdom: A Conversation with Robert Lacey – SUSRIS – Oct 31, 2011
- Exclusive Interview – Endlessly Fascinating Times in Business and Diplomacy: A Conversation with Amb. Ford Fraker – SUSRIS – Oct 5, 2011
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Thursday – October 27, 2011
- AUSPC Welcome
- AUSPC Keynote – Amb Chas Freeman
- AUSPC Panel – Dynamics of Defense Cooperation -
- AUSPC Panel – Energy Dynamics -
- AUSPC – Luncheon Remarks – Egyptian Amb Sameh Shoukry
- AUSPC Panel – Geopolitical Dynamics – Iraq -
- AUSPC Panel – Geopolitical Dynamics – Arab North Africa (The Maghreb) / Syria / Yemen -
Friday – October 28, 2011
- AUSPC Keynote – View from the State Department – Dr. Wittes
- AUSPC Panel – Business, Investment, and Financial Development Dynamics and Prospects
- AUSPC Panel – Gulf Cooperation Council Dynamics
- AUSPC Luncheon Remarks – Libya: The Way Forward – Libyan Amb Aujali
- AUSPC Panel – Geopolitical Dynamics – Palestine
- AUSPC Panel – Geopolitical Dynamics – Iran
- AUSPC Panel – Whither the Arab-US Relationship
- AUSPC Concluding Remarks