The Trustees of the
BALTIMORE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Cordially Invite You to an Address by
John Duke Anthony, Ph.D.
Founding President and CEO,
National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Reception: 5:15 p.m. Address: 6:00 p.m.
WORLD TRADE CENTER BALTIMORE
Members: Free of Charge
Guest of a Member: $10.00 Non-Member: $25.00
"America, Arabia, and the Gulf: At a Crossroads?"
President Obama has referred to Saudi Arabia as a “so-called ally”, a “free rider”, and an oppressor; has readily helped remove an old friend of Saudi Arabia, Hosni Mubarak, from power; is bolstering the power of Iran, a potential regional hegemon and foe of Saudi Arabia; and apparently wishes to diminish Sunni influence in order to ameliorate the Sunni-Shia divide. However, especially with respect to the immediate goals of defeating ISIL and gaining a Syrian settlement, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States are important to the Administration. Hence, the President’s just completed trip to Saudi Arabia; and the straight forward question: “At a Crossroads?”
Perhaps no American knows Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States better than John Duke Anthony. He is the only American to be invited to every one of the meetings of the Gulf Cooperation Council since its formation. He focused on the region as a graduate student at Johns Hopkins SAIS from which he received his Ph.D. degree. During his entire, quite long, professional career he has been immersed in the region. He is the founding President of the National Council on U.S. – Arab Relations which is dedicated to sound relations between the region and the United States. U.S. relations with the region has been his life’s work.
Dr. Anthony is a great friend of this Council and has shared his understandings with its members on ten occasions over the past three decades including especially memorable addresses during the Dessert Shield and prior to the Second Gulf War. He brings truly extraordinary knowledge and experience to the May 11th program.
It is an honor and pleasure to welcome Dr. John Duke Anthony back to the Council.