National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations The National Council on US-Arab Relations is an American non-profit, educational NGO.

As it marks its 40th anniversary, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is proud to announce that H. Delano Roosev...
09/18/2023

As it marks its 40th anniversary, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is proud to announce that H. Delano Roosevelt has been appointed the Council’s second President and Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1, 2023. Founding President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. John Duke Anthony will retire on September 30, and will remain with the Council as a Strategic Advisor to the new President and CEO.

Founder Dr. John Duke Anthony to advise new President H. Delano Roosevelt.

40 years ago today -- on May 4, 1983 -- the District of Columbia issued a Certificate of Incorporation to the National C...
05/04/2023

40 years ago today -- on May 4, 1983 -- the District of Columbia issued a Certificate of Incorporation to the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations formally establishing it as a non-profit organization. Under the leadership of its Founding President & CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony, the Council has spent the past four decades tirelessly pursuing its educational mission to increase American knowledge and understanding of the Arab countries, the Middle East, and the Islamic world. On this special anniversary, the Council extends its gratitude to the supporters and program participants who have made its work possible.

04/27/2023
The National Council on US-Arab Relations extends its best wishes for peace and happiness on the occasion of the joyous ...
04/20/2023

The National Council on US-Arab Relations extends its best wishes for peace and happiness on the occasion of the joyous celebration of Eid Al-Fitr.

Eid Mubarak!

Model Arab League Youth Leadership Development Program participant Yvonne Rodriguez was highlighted among the "Women to ...
04/14/2023

Model Arab League Youth Leadership Development Program participant Yvonne Rodriguez was highlighted among the "Women to Watch" at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for making a difference at the university and in the community.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, UA Little Rock is profiling women in leadership positions who are making a difference at the university and in the community. The next Woman to Watch at UA Little Rock of 2023 is Yvonnne Rodriguez. This Donaghey Scholar is a first-generation student who pla...

As the structure of energy demand changes, with the importance of fossil fuels predicted to decline in the decades to co...
04/14/2023

As the structure of energy demand changes, with the importance of fossil fuels predicted to decline in the decades to come, how can energy production and delivery systems incorporate a growing share of renewable energy and manage increased electrification? Will the transition to a low-carbon world require a range of other energy sources and technologies, including low-carbon hydrogen, modern bioenergy, and carbon capture, use, and storage? What factors are most critical in shaping regional and global energy dynamics, and how might they shift in the years ahead? This National Council program explores these questions and more.

Explore current dynamics and what is to come.

Former Summer 2021 National Council intern Poojitha Tanjore has been accepted into USAID's Donald M. Payne International...
04/10/2023

Former Summer 2021 National Council intern Poojitha Tanjore has been accepted into USAID's Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program.

مبروك!

Tanjore, a student in W&M’s St Andrews Joint Degree Programme, accomplishes her dream of becoming a diplomat much sooner than expected.

03/31/2023

Charge d'Affaires, a.i. Wael Hachem welcomed a delegation of students from Grand Valley State University who will be representing Lebanon this year at the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' 40th annual National University Model Arab League conference for an embassy briefing and a dialogue on Lebanese culture. Cultural exchanges, such as this one, play a vital role in promoting understanding and appreciation between our cultures, fostering mutual respect, and building bridges between nations and future leaders.

The  2023 National University Model Arab League Youth Leadership Development Conference is underway!At the Opening Sessi...
03/31/2023

The 2023 National University Model Arab League Youth Leadership Development Conference is underway!

At the Opening Session, delegates and educators have been privileged to hear remarks from Deputy Assistant Secretary for Israeli-Palestinian Affairs Andrew P. Miller, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of GWU's Project on Middle East Political Science and Master's in Middle East Studies Program Dr. Marc Lynch, and NESA Center Professor David Des Roches.

After the Opening is complete, on to discussion and debate!

New commentary and analysis from Distinguished International Defense Affairs Fellow Nawaf Bin Mubarak Al-Thani on dynami...
03/27/2023

New commentary and analysis from Distinguished International Defense Affairs Fellow Nawaf Bin Mubarak Al-Thani on dynamics of China/United States competition in the Middle East North Africa region.

The future of ‘Great Power’ dominance in the MENA region

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations offers its best wishes on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.The Nati...
03/23/2023

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations offers its best wishes on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

The National Council recognizes Ramadan as being an extraordinary opportunity for self-sacrifice and fasting. It provides a fertile period for extended inward reflection and growth.

Ramadan is renowned for being a time for piety and for the abhorrence of the ills that afflict those who have been wronged. It is an opportunity to revive and concentrate on the elemental ideals of justice, peace, family, and equity—all for the betterment of humanity.

Ramadan is honored for being a time of restoration. It promotes the faithful's renewed commitment to deeply-rooted Islamic and universalistic values that stir and strengthen souls everywhere.

Ramadan brings a time for deepened compassion and understanding. It is an opportunity to lessen the suffering of humankind's less fortunate.

Ramadan Mubarak.

03/15/2023
Last month, National Council Distinguished International Defense Affairs Fellow Sheikh Nawaf Al-Thani visited the Virgin...
03/13/2023

Last month, National Council Distinguished International Defense Affairs Fellow Sheikh Nawaf Al-Thani visited the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia (VMI), with a delegation of Council leaders. During the visit, Sheikh Nawaf spoke to academy cadets about dynamics of small state security, and he met with VMI faculty, cadets, and leadership.

Defense fellow leads Council delegation to Virginia Military Institute.

03/10/2023

During the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations online briefing program earlier this week, Council International Advisory Board Member David Rundell provided valuable context about China's relationships with Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Last month, National Council Distinguished International Defense Affairs Fellow Sheikh Nawaf Al-Thani visited the United...
03/02/2023

Last month, National Council Distinguished International Defense Affairs Fellow Sheikh Nawaf Al-Thani visited the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Council delegation to speak to cadets and meet with academy leaders.

Defense fellow leads Council delegation to U.S. military academy.

Last week, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations hosted an online briefing program examining CSIS | Center for Str...
02/28/2023

Last week, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations hosted an online briefing program examining CSIS | Center for Strategic & International Studies Emeritus Chair in Strategy Dr. Anthony H. Cordesman's recent report on "The Strengths and Limits of MENA Oil and Gas Wealth and the Challenge of Climate Change." In the webinar, Dr. Cordesman highlighted some of the notable data in the report and discussed how geopolitical dynamics are shaping the region. David Des Roches (NESA Center for Strategic Studies) joined him for the discussion as moderator and Patrick Mancino provided welcoming remarks.

Oil and gas wealth, and the challenge of climate change.

A new photo essay from National Council board member Paige Peterson was recently published --"Visiting AlUla, Madain Sal...
02/15/2023

A new photo essay from National Council board member Paige Peterson was recently published --

"Visiting AlUla, Madain Saleh/Hegra, Tabuk, and NEOM: Heritage, Modernity, and Hospitality"

Explore how Saudi Arabia's distinctive history, heritage, and hospitality is transforming the future in exciting ways.

Heritage, modernity, and hospitality.

The National Council’s Youth Leadership Development Program / Model Arab League not only helps students learn about cont...
01/27/2023

The National Council’s Youth Leadership Development Program / Model Arab League not only helps students learn about contemporary challenges facing the Arab region as well as practice approaching problems from different viewpoints. The experiential learning exercise also enables individuals to develop valuable skills, like negotiation, collaboration, public speaking, and problem solving, which serve them regardless of whatever their future holds. Here, a student who participated in the Council’s flagship student educational program as an undergraduate student at Georgia State University reflects on the value of the experience in the context of his budding career in the public health field:

“The purpose of model-based teams is to compete by being effective at collaborating with others. I found immense value in my experience. It enriched my skills on how to work well on a team by overcoming challenges, assessing people’s strengths and bringing people together to build solutions… The true gift of the experience was the skills I gained that I use on the teams I currently serve.”

Chad Curtiss, who has completed an internship with the CDC and was later selected for a fellowship at the CDC, says that an MPH is a worthwhile investment in yourself and a gift to us all.

National Council Founding President & CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony joined senior Arab diplomats at a watch party for the fi...
01/20/2023

National Council Founding President & CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony joined senior Arab diplomats at a watch party for the final match of the 25th Arabian Gulf Cup, played between Iraq and Oman in Basra, Iraq.

The tournament kicked-off earlier this month with Iraq, Yemen, and the six GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE) participating. It was the first time Iraq had hosted the Arabian Gulf Cup since 1979.

#العراق #بابل #البصرة #كأس #الخليج #مبروك #مبروكالعراق

The National Council is currently accepting applications for its Summer 2023 Washington, DC Internship Program. Explore ...
01/18/2023

The National Council is currently accepting applications for its Summer 2023 Washington, DC Internship Program. Explore careers in international affairs, hear from foreign policy practitioners, and visit central institutions of policy-making and diplomacy over the course of 10 weeks in the nation's capital. The program features a demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, vocational exploration, and cross-cultural encounters designed to provide students with a rich and varied experience. The application deadline for the Summer 2023 program is February 24.

Work experience, an academic seminar, and policymaking explorations over ten engaging weeks.

For those with an interest in athletics, what could be more exciting, more timely, and more relevant than the moment at ...
12/16/2022

For those with an interest in athletics, what could be more exciting, more timely, and more relevant than the moment at hand. Countless eyes are fixated on a phenomenon never before experienced in contemporary Arab history. They’re focused, laser-like, on the State of Qatar, the country that has helped the United States to evacuate, to date, more than 80,000 people fleeing Afghanistan.

For the past month, Qatar has been at the center of not just the Arab region, the Middle East, and the Islamic world. It has been the focus of billions more in the global sporting community as it hosts the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The tournament’s final match, just days away, will be an entertainment spectacle with no peer. Many Americans understand that the U.S. National Football League’s final game – the “Super Bowl” – is the most anticipated, watched, and discussed television event of the year in the United States. The global audience for Sunday’s World Cup Final will likely have 10 times larger viewership. More than half of the global population aged four and over watched the previous World Cup in Russia. Viewership trends indicate that the attention focused on Qatar since the 2022 tournament kicked off on November 20th has been even greater.

The sports we share bridge divides and help bring people closer to one another. Gathering together to watch or participate in athletics helps to demonstrate how we are all more similar than different. With its hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar has provided a welcome source of joy, excitement, and thrills to the global community.

Photo: National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Founding President and CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony with David Beckham, retired legendary British professional football/soccer player and Ambassador for the Qatar World Cup. Taken March 2022.

11/16/2022

Hollins University earned multiple honors at the annual Appalachia Regional Model Arab League conference, held November 4-6. Eight delegations from six colleges and universities and one high school participated in the event, now in its eighth year.

11/16/2022

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, January/February 2023, pp. xx-xx Waging Peace “YEMEN IN FOCUS” was the first of many panels addressing challenges...

On the occasion of its 31st Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations announ...
11/16/2022

On the occasion of its 31st Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations announced its first-ever GLOBAL LEADERSHIP IN EMPOWERING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AWARD was presented to Dina Powell McCormick and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women in recognition of their exemplary efforts in fostering shared economic growth through providing training and resources to underserved population.

On the occasion of its 31st Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations announced its first-ever GLOBAL LEADERSHIP ...

On the occasion of its 31st Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations announ...
11/16/2022

On the occasion of its 31st Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations announced its first-ever DISTINGUISHED GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTAL ASSISTANCE AWARD was presented to the Kuwait Fund For Arab Economic Development in recognition of its humanitarian efforts to raise the standard of living of peoples and communities around the world.

H. Delano Roosevelt, grandson of President Franklin Delano and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, gave commentary on the hist...
11/15/2022

H. Delano Roosevelt, grandson of President Franklin Delano and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, gave commentary on the history and value of the U.S.-Saudi Arabian relationship at the recent 31st Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference.

“Remarks from H. Delano Roosevelt”31st Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference“Arab-U.S. Uncertainties and Constants: What Lies Ahead?”Organized by the Nati...

Read about how programs like the National Council's Youth Leadership Development Program / Model Arab League impact seco...
11/14/2022

Read about how programs like the National Council's Youth Leadership Development Program / Model Arab League impact secondary school students in Wyoming.

In a world that can feel weighted with worry, high school hallways might not be the first place one thinks to look for the buoyancy of hope.

11/11/2022

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