National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is an American non-profit, non-governmental, educational organization dedicated to improving American knowledge and understanding of the Arab region.

Founded in 1983, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is an American non-profit, non-governmental, educational organization dedicated to improving American knowledge and understanding of the Arab world. The Council has been granted public charity status in accordance with Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. From its offices in Washington, D.C., and through the alumni of its educational programs spread all across the United States, the National Council works with sister organizations to share resources and maximize effectiveness. To this end, the Council has played a leading role in convening regular meetings of the heads of a dozen Arab-U.S. relations organizations devoted to sharing information, discussing strategies, avoiding duplication of effort, and identifying and pursuing opportunities for greater inter-organizational cooperation. The National Council is not a membership organization. Its supporters are primarily philanthropists, individuals, and institutions in the United States and the Arab world that have hosted or participated in one or more of the Council's programs. Their involvement with the National Council often begins with a single event or activity and then, based on that experience, grows into a broader and lasting relationship based on a shared commitment to the Council's vision and mission. By following up with programmatic alumni, facilitators, hosts, sponsors, friends, and supporters, and continuously reaching out to others, the Council has steadily increased the number of people who are better informed and more actively involved in and supportive of the national dialogue on U.S.-Arab relations.

Mission: The National Council's mission is educational. It seeks to enhance American awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the Arab countries, the Mideast, and the Islamic world. Its means for doing so encompass but are not limited to programs for leadership development, people-to-people exchanges, lectures, publications, an annual Arab-U.S. policymakers conference, and the participation of American students and faculty in Arab world study experiences. As a public service, the Council also serves as an information clearinghouse and participant in national, state, and local grassroots outreach to media, think tanks, and select community, civic, educational, religious, business, and professional associations. In these ways the Council helps strengthen and expand the overall Arab-U.S. relationship. The National Council's vision is a relationship between the United States and its Arab partners, friends, and allies that rests on as solid and enduring a foundation as possible. Such a foundation, viewed from both ends of the spectrum, is one that would be characterized by strengthened and expanded strategic, economic, political, commercial, and defense cooperation ties; increased joint ventures; a mutuality of benefit; reciprocal respect for each other's heritage and values; and overall acceptance of each other's legitimate needs, concerns, interests, and objectives.

Operating as usual

11/24/2020
Washington Center for Yemeni Studies

National Council Founding President & CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony spoke today at the Washington Center for Yemeni Studies webinar on "The Impact of Biden's Victory on the Course of the War in Yemen."

Seminar about the impact of Biden’s victory on the course of the war in Yemen
You can start from minute 9
ندوة حول تأثير فوز بايدن على مجريات الحرب في اليمن
الندوة تبدأ من الدقيقة 9

Hollins University
11/13/2020

Hollins University

Hollins is pleased to once again host the annual Appalachia Regional Model Arab League (MAL) Conference, now in its sixth year, Nov. 13-15.

Held completely online this year, MAL is the flagship Youth Leadership Development Program of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. This regional event offers emerging leaders from both collegiate and high school settings the opportunity to learn firsthand what it is like to put themselves in the shoes of real-life Arab diplomats and other foreign affairs practitioners. MAL helps prepare students to be knowledgeable, well-trained, and effective citizens as well as civic and public affairs activists.

In addition to Hollins, representatives from Appalachian State University, George Mason University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, Roanoke College, Virginia Military Institute, and Washington and Jefferson College will participate. High Schools represented at the conference include Franklin County High School (VA), St. Mark's School of Texas, The Scholars Academy, and Walnut Grove High School (GA).

Join us online next week for our 29th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference:"The Next U.S. Presidency: Implications f...
11/11/2020
29th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference — NCUSAR

Join us online next week for our 29th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference:

"The Next U.S. Presidency: Implications for the U.S.-Arab Relationship"

Speakers, time, & links to watch: https://ncusar.org/auspc/2020

NCUSAR's Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference gathers internationally renowned specialists to analyze, discuss, and debate issues of over-arching importance to the American and Arab people’s needs, concerns, interests, and key foreign policy objectives.

The 29th Annual Arab-US Policymakers Conference will be broadcast online 17-19 November 2020.See select featured special...
11/03/2020
29th Annual Arab-US Policymakers Conference – 17-19 November – Broadcast Online

The 29th Annual Arab-US Policymakers Conference will be broadcast online 17-19 November 2020.

See select featured specialists and learn more.

Mark your calendar for 17-19 November 2020 and tune in to the 29th Arab-US Policymakers Conference. The conference will be broadcast online as it again (virtually) gathers internationally renowned spe

This morning, National Council Founding President & CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony contributed remarks to the Seventh Annual ...
10/14/2020

This morning, National Council Founding President & CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony contributed remarks to the Seventh Annual Sovereign Wealth Funds Conference convened by the Kogod School of Business (American University) and Dr. Ghiyath Nakshbendi.

10/14/2020
MBC1 on Twitter

MBC1 on Twitter

“#في_الآفاق | كيف شخّص د. جون أنتوني العلاقات الدولية بين الشرق والغرب؟ @MhmdAlissa #MBC1 https://t.co/5Y0yuAc5wW”

Dr. John Duke Anthony and the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations extend condolences to the family of HH Sheikh Saba...
09/29/2020

Dr. John Duke Anthony and the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations extend condolences to the family of HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah as well as the people of Kuwait, the Arab region, and the Islamic world. Allah yirhamu. Under the stewardship of HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, no government or people were more generous to the world's less fortunate (as a percentage of their gross national income) than the government and people of Kuwait. Earlier this month, HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah was awarded The Legion of Merit by the U.S. President in recognition of being an “unwavering friend and partner to the United States” as well as “an unparalleled diplomat.”

Photos from Dr. John Duke Anthony from various GCC Summits (1984, 1997, 2003, and 2009).

Reflections from National Council Distinguished International Security Fellow Dr. Saad Alsubaie on the occasion of Saudi...
09/23/2020
Saudi Arabia: 90 Years of Resilience

Reflections from National Council Distinguished International Security Fellow Dr. Saad Alsubaie on the occasion of Saudi Arabia's 90th National Day.

As Saudi Arabia celebrates its 90th National Day, it is a time to reflect on how the Kingdom has

09/14/2020
Easy steps to prepare Omani Harees

Easy steps to prepare Omani Harees

Ramadhan with Observer. This Ramadhan, Observer brings you a special Ramadhan cookery show. Today's episode is about Omani Harees. Try the recipe and send us...

Video and audio/podcast recordings of yesterday's 'Vision or Mirage' book discussion are now available.
09/11/2020
'Vision or Mirage' Book Discussion

Video and audio/podcast recordings of yesterday's 'Vision or Mirage' book discussion are now available.

Something extraordinary is happening in Saudi Arabia.

09/09/2020
Book Discussion & Perspectives on United States Relationships in Arabia and the Gulf

On Thursday (September 10), the National Council will host an online conversation: "'Vision or Mirage' Book Discussion & Perspectives on United States Relationships in Arabia and the Gulf" featuring Mr. David H. Rundell, Ambassador (Ret.) Michael Gfoeller, and Dr. John Duke Anthony.

The program will be livestreamed on the National Council's YouTube channel and can also be accessed from the National Council's website. Audio and video recordings of the program will be available soon after the livestream on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and elsewhere.

Program Info:
Thursday, September 10, 2020
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Washington, D.C., U.S.A. (Eastern Time)
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Arabian Time)

Registration is NOT REQUIRED to view the program.

Briefing and Conversation -- "Book Discussion & Perspectives on United States Relationships in Arabia and the Gulf" Moderator and Context Provider: Dr. John ...

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Scholar-in-Residence Joshua Yaphe and Jaafar Altaie analyze political and econom...
09/08/2020
Kadhimi at 100 Days: Chances for Success in Baghdad

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Scholar-in-Residence Joshua Yaphe and Jaafar Altaie analyze political and economic dynamics in Iraq.

Despite facing the same challenges as his predecessor, Mustapha al-Kadhimi has a chance to earn a mandate for real reform in Iraq.

08/25/2020
Racism and Prejudice in America and the Arab World

In partnership with مركز الملك فيصل للبحوث والدراسات الإسلامية --

Roundtable Discussion on "Racism and Prejudice in America and the Arab World" featuring Dr. Hoda Al-Helaissi, Dr. Chouki El-Hamel, Mr. Isma'il Kushkush, Dr. Muhammad Al-Wuhaib, Bishop Aubrey Harley, Ms. Hanin Al-Sudais, Mr. Joshua Yaphe, and Dr. John Duke Anthony.

The program will be livestreamed on the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies' and the National Council's YouTube channels, and can also be accessed from the National Council's website.

Livestream details:
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Washington, D.C., U.S.A. (Eastern Time)
9:00 - 10:30 p.m. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Arabian Time)

Audio and video recordings of the program will be available soon after the livestream on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and elsewhere.

Online Roundtable in partnership with the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies -- "Racism and Prejudice in America and the Arab World" Opening...

08/19/2020
After Prominent Roles in Hollins' Model UN/Model Arab League Program, Katie Grandelli '20 Joins National Council on U.S....
08/13/2020
After Prominent Roles in Hollins' Model UN/Model Arab League Program, Katie Grandelli '20 Joins National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations - Hollins

After Prominent Roles in Hollins' Model UN/Model Arab League Program, Katie Grandelli '20 Joins National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations - Hollins

Grandelli is the newest student programs coordinator for NCUSAR, a non-profit, non-governmental, educational organization dedicated to improving American knowledge and understanding of the Arab world.

08/13/2020
Beyond the Proxy War: The Search for a Solution to the Crisis in Libya

Join the National Council for a roundtable discussion – "Beyond the Proxy War: The Search for a Solution to the Crisis in Libya" – on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT. Featured specialists include Dr. Virginie Collombier, Mr. Jalel Harchaoui, Mr. Jonathan M. Winer, Dr. William Lawrence, and Dr. John Duke Anthony. The discussion will be livestreamed on the National Council's YouTube channel. Audio and video recordings of the program will be available soon after the livestream on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and elsewhere.

Online Roundtable -- "Beyond the Proxy War: The Search for a Solution to the Crisis in Libya" Featured Specialists: Dr. Virginie Collombier, European Univers...

Participants in the National Council’s 2020 Internship and Summer Scholars Program are taking part in a digital Model Ar...
07/24/2020

Participants in the National Council’s 2020 Internship and Summer Scholars Program are taking part in a digital Model Arab League / Youth Leadership Development Program conference today! Each student is role-playing as an Arab diplomat attempting to address timely issues facing the region.

Students' exposure to the Arab region through the Model Arab League program goes beyond surface-level awareness – the activity forces students to think critically and empathetically about complexities facing the region. In administering Model Arab League, the National Council not only presents an educationally rich opportunity. The Council attempts to foster a fun and engaging community through which emerging leaders from a variety of fields come together to enhance their understanding of the Arab region.

07/23/2020
National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

Model Arab League will be back this fall! The National Council's program staff and interns have been busy adapting the program to a digital format so it can continue to enable students to explore dynamics of the Arab region and promote cross-cultural understanding.

The National Council's Model Arab League Youth Leadership Development Program enables students to explore the Arab region while developing leadership skills that will serve them in whatever path their future takes.

Life Within Six Feet
06/26/2020
Life Within Six Feet

Life Within Six Feet

Exploring the impact of social distancing on society.

06/24/2020
Life Within Six Feet: The Impact of Social Distancing on Society

WATCH -- "Life Within Six Feet: The Impact of Social Distancing on Society" Roundtable Discussion in cooperation with B'huth - بحوث.

A number of social activities have moved online because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they might remain in the virtual world long after the pandemic threat s...

ICYMI -- National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations & Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce (MECACC) Online ...
06/19/2020
Short-Term Pain, Long-Term Opportunity in Saudi Arabia

ICYMI -- National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations & Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce (MECACC) Online Discussion:

"Short-Term Pain, Long-Term Opportunity: Taking Stock of an Extraordinary Moment in the Saudi Arabian-United States Business Relationship"

Discussion of US-Saudi Arabia commercial relations.

06/17/2020
Short-Term Pain, Long-Term Opportunity: Examining the Saudi Arabian-US Business Relationship

Watch on YouTube:

"Short-Term Pain, Long-Term Opportunity: Taking Stock of an Extraordinary Moment in the Saudi Arabian-United States Business Relationship"

Specialists in Saudi Arabia and the United States explore the contours of the Kingdom’s business and investment relationships with America –

How should one evaluate recent developments?

What kinds of business and investment opportunities are available?

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected Saudi Arabia?

What might the future hold?

Explore these questions and many more…

Specialists in Saudi Arabia and the United States explore the contours of the Kingdom’s business and investment relationships with America – How should one e...

Join the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and the Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce (MECACC) f...
06/16/2020
Focus on US-Saudi Arabia Business Relations - Wednesday, June 17, LIVE @ 9am DC/NYC 4pm Riyadh

Join the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and the
Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce (MECACC) for an online discussion exploring the contours of Saudi Arabia's business and investment relationships with the United States. The program will air LIVE on YouTube on Wednesday, 17 June 2020 at 09:00 A.M. Eastern/New York/Washington, D.C. Time / 04:00 P.M. Arabia/Riyadh Time. Audio and video recordings of the program will be available soon after the livestream on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and elsewhere

ICYMI: Yesterday, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations convened a discussion exploring dynamics in Oman and the O...
06/12/2020
'Eye on Oman' Discussion

ICYMI: Yesterday, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations convened a discussion exploring dynamics in Oman and the Oman-U.S. relationship.

Exploring dynamics in Oman and the Oman-US relationship.

Join the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations tomorrow for an exploration of dynamics in Oman and the Oman-U.S. relat...
06/10/2020
“Eye on Oman” Discussion - Thursday, 11 June @ 11a DC / 7p Muscat

Join the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations tomorrow for an exploration of dynamics in Oman and the Oman-U.S. relationship. 🇴🇲🤝🇺🇸 The discussion with Oman's Ambassador to the United Nations and other specialists will be broadcast live at 11am Eastern Time on the National Council's YouTube channel, and also available afterward as a video and podcast.

Sports play an important role in bridging divides throughout the world. They help people of all ages and walks of life l...
05/21/2020
Sports Diplomacy Roundtable Discussion

Sports play an important role in bridging divides throughout the world. They help people of all ages and walks of life learn to work together, play fairly, and accept both victory and defeat. This week, the King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies and the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations convened a roundtable discussion to explore "Sports Diplomacy in the Middle East." Audio and video recordings of the program are available for those who missed the live broadcast.

NCUSAR and KFCRIS explore how sports can bridge cultural divides.

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