Thursday, August 16, 2012

U.S.-Arab Policy Makers' Conference accepting registrations now


21st Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

Arab-U.S. Relations Amidst Transition within Constancy:
Implications for American and Arab Interests and Policies

October 25 - 26, 2012

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC

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(Left to right) Dr. John Duke Anthony, HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Sa'ud, and
Ms. Randa Fahmy Hudome addressed the 2011 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference.

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Transcripts & Podcasts from the 2011 Conference:

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H.E. Mohamed Bin
Abdulla Al-Rumaihi
Ronald Reagan Building &
International Trade Center
Ms. Molly Williamson

Featured Speakers Include:

HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Sa'ud HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Sa'ud

His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Sa'ud served as the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States from 2005 to 2007. From 1977 to 2001, he served as the Director General of the General Intelligence Directorate, the Kingdom's main foreign intelligence service. Prince Turki is one of the founders of the King Faisal Foundation and is the Chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh. Prince Turki serves as a member of the Boards of Trustees of the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies.

Ambassador James B. Smith Ambassador James B. Smith

Ambassador James B. Smith was sworn in on September 16, 2009, as the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Smith had served in a variety of executive positions with Raytheon Company involving corporate strategic planning, aircraft manufacturing, and international business development. Ambassador Smith spent a 28 year career in the United States Air Force. He was promoted to Brigadier General in October, 1998, and retired from the Air Force on October 1, 2002.

Dr. Tamara Sonn Dr. Tamara Sonn

Dr. Tamara Sonn is the Wm. R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Department of Religious Studies at the College of William and Mary. Her books include Comparing Religions through Law: Judaism and Islam (with J. Neusner, 1999), Islam: A Brief History (2010), and The Sage Handbook of Islamic Studies (2010). Her most recent book is The Religion Toolkit: A Complete Guide to Religious Studies (with J. Morreall; 2011). She is an editor of Oxford Islamic Studies Online, and of Oxford's Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (2009).

Dr. David W. Lesch Dr. David W. Lesch

Dr. David W. Lesch is Professor of Middle East History at Trinity University in San Antonio. His books include Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad (2012), The Arab-Israeli Conflict: A History (2008), The New Lion of Damascus: Bashar al-Asad and Modern Syria (2005), 1979: The Year That Shaped the Modern Middle East (2001), and The Middle East and the United States: History, Politics and Ideologies, now in its 5th edition (2011). He is also co-editor of The Arab Spring: Change and Resistance in the Middle East coming out next month.

The Honorable Molly Williamson The Honorable Molly Williamson

The Honorable Molly Williamson speaks extensively on US foreign policy, the interagency process, energy, economic and demographic factors affecting policy formulation, and US-Middle East relations, especially the Israel-Palestine conflict, Iran, and nuclear challenges. She is a scholar with the Middle East Institute, a Distinguished Scholar-In-Residence at the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, a consultant, and lecturer at Johns Hopkins University Osher Institute. Ms. Williamson is a former Foreign Service Officer, having served six presidents, and achieved the rank of Career Minister.

Mr. John Hofmeister Mr. John Hofmeister

Mr. John Hofmeister founded and heads Citizens for Affordable Energy, a non-profit public policy education firm that promotes U.S. energy security solutions including a range of affordable energy supplies, efficiency improvements, essential infrastructure, sustainable environmental policies, and public education. He was President of Shell Oil Company from 2005-2008. Mr. Hofmeister is the author of Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider.

Special Evening Reception:

H.E. Dr. Alia Hatoug-Bouran H.E. Dr. Alia Hatoug-Bouran, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United States, will host a reception for conference registrants, speakers, VIPs, and the Arab diplomatic community, on occasion of the 21st Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference, Thursday evening, October 25, 2012, at the Embassy of Jordan (3504 International Drive, NW, Washington, DC 20008).

Conference Moderator, Facilitator, and Speaker :

Dr. John Duke Anthony Dr. John Duke Anthony
President & CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

Dr. John Duke Anthony is the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. He is also a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Defense's Institute for Security Assistance Management, an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, and a Member of the U.S. Department of State's Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP) as well as the ACIEP's Subcommittees on Sanctions and Trade and Investment.

Special Hotel Rates:

Georgetown Suites
1111 30th & 1000 29th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone # for Reservations: 202-298-7800
or 1-800-348-7203

Website for Reservations [Access Code NCUSAR]
Georgetown Suites

Hotel rooms are available at special rates for Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference attendees at the Georgetown Suites, 1111 30th Street, NW. The special rate for single occupancy is $199.00 per night. Double or triple occupancy is $229.00 per night. All rates are subject to 14.5% hotel sales tax. Rates include upscale continental breakfast and fitness center, local calls, and wireless Internet access. The special room rate is available for Tuesday, October 23 through Saturday, October 27, 2012. To book rooms at these special rates, please contact Georgetown Suites by phone or email and ask for the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' Room Block. You can also make reservations online using the Access Code NCUSAR. The cutoff date for this special rate is September 25, 2012.

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