The Trustees of the

BALTIMORE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Cordially Invite You to an Address by

DR. JOHN DUKE ANTHONY

FOUNDING PRESIDENT & CEO

OF THE

NATIONAL COUNCIL ON US-ARAB RELATIONS

       March 11, 2014  

 

"THE UNITED STATES AND THE ARAB WORLD:

DYNAMICS AND DIMENSIONS OR A RELATIONSHIP IN FLUX"

         There is no understating the drama, importance, magnitude, and vibrancy of the flux in the United States’ relationship with the Arab world. On a number of levels, the United States’ status and influence appear diminished and in disarray. The promises of the Arab spring are hardly fulfilled. The region itself clearly is unsettled and the outcomes of various clashes uncertain, making an actual “pivot” to Asia perplexing. Saudi Arabia has taken the stunning step of declining a seat on the United Nations Security Council. The Arab-Israeli conflict is ongoing. The region’s internal balances are profoundly challenged by the ogre of a more powerful Iran, an expanding Shia-Sunni conflict, and the nurturing of terrorism. Certainly the region and the United States’ place within it are in flux. The priorities of American policy makers are of critical interest as Secretary of State Kerry faces extraordinary difficulties as he attempts to deal with Iran, Syria, the Arab-Israeli conflict, traditional friends and more in this energy rich and strategically important region.

         Few, if any, Americans understand the region as well or are more knowledgeable of it than John Duke Anthony. He has long been a student of the region, earning his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins SAIS, and has headed the National Council on US-Arab Relations since becoming its founding president in 1983. The regard in which he is held within the Arab world is underlined by the fact that he is the only American who has attended all of the meetings of the Gulf Coordinating Council since its founding in 1981.

         Among his publications on the region, Arab States of the Lower Gulf: People, Politics, Petroleum, is a true landmark. The United States government calls upon him in various capacities and he has been widely honored within the Arab world.

         Dr. Anthony has been good enough to share his knowledge with the Council periodically over the last three decades. His articulate and thoughtful analyses are well remembered. Explication of our current moment is particularly well served by Dr. Anthony’s long years of study, observation, and reflection on the Arab world and the United States.