September 04, 2013

The 22nd Annual Arab-US Policymakers Conference

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The National Council is pleased to announce the schedule of sessions for the 22nd Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference. Visit the links below to learn more and register for the conference.

22nd Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

Navigating Arab-U.S. Relations:
Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities

October 22 - 23, 2013
[Tuesday - Wednesday]

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

Register Online:

Register by Fax or Mail:

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Special Travel Offer From Qatar Airways: see below

Special Hotel Rates: see below

Transcripts, Videos, and Podcasts from the 2012 Conference:

Schedule of Conference Sessions:

October 22, 2013

8:00 - 9:00 am -- Registration & Coffee/Tea

9:00 - 9:15 am -- Welcome & Introductions

9:15 - 10:00 am -- Keynote Address by Ambassador Chas Freeman

10:00 - 11:30 am -- U.S.-Arab Energy Cooperation

11:30 am - 12:00 pm -- Networking Opportunity

12:00 - 2:00 pm -- Luncheon & Keynote Address by HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal

2:00 - 2:30 pm -- Keynote Address by General Lloyd Austin III

2:30 - 4:00 pm -- U.S.-Arab Defense Cooperation

4:00 - 5:30 pm -- Gulf Cooperation Council: Role in Regional Dynamics

October 23, 2013

8:00 - 9:00 am -- Registration & Coffee/Tea

9:00 – 9:15 am -- Keynote Address by Ambassador James Smith

9:15 - 9:30 am -- Keynote Address

9:30 - 11:00 am – The Palestinian Future

11:00 am - 12:30 pm -- Geo-Political Dynamics: Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, & Iran

12:30 - 1:00 pm -- Networking Opportunity

1:00 - 2:30 pm -- Luncheon & Keynote Address

2:30 - 4:00 -- Arab-U.S. Business, Finance, and Human Resource Development

4:00 - 5:30 -- Geo-Political Dynamics: Egypt & N. Africa

5:30 - 6:30 -- Arab-U.S. Relations: Views from the Arab Media

Conference Moderator, Facilitator, and Speaker:

Dr. John Duke Anthony

President & CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

Dr. John Duke Anthony is the Founding President and CEO 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, and a Member of the U.S. Department of State's Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP) as well as the ACIEP's Subcommittee on Sanctions. During the fall 2012 semester he served as Dean's Chair in International Studies and Political Science at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, where he taught a course on "Politics of the Arabian Peninsula."

Special Evening Reception:

H.E. Adel A. Al-Jubeir

H.E. Adel A. Al-Jubeir, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States, will host a reception for conference sponsors, speakers, the Arab diplomatic community, and invited guests on occasion of the 22nd Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference, Tuesday evening, October 22, 2013, at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia (601 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037). Please note that identification and reception invitation must be presented upon entrance.

Special Qatar Airways Travel Offer:

Take up to 10%* off your next trip with Qatar Airways by using the promo code "NCUSAR13" at the time of booking. *Terms and conditions apply.

Learn more at:

Special Hotel Rates:

The St. Regis Washington, DC
923 16th & K Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20006
Phone # for Reservations: 1-888-627-8087
Website for Reservations

Hotel rooms are available at special rates for Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference attendees at The St. Regis Washington, DC, 923 16th & K Streets, NW. The special rate for single and double occupancy superior king is $395.00 per night. The special rate for single and double occupancy deluxe king is $425.00 per night. All rates are subject to 14.5% hotel sales tax. Rates include features and amenities detailed on the St. Regis Washington, DC website.

The special room rate is available for Sunday, October 20 through Thursday, October 24, 2013. To book rooms at these special rates use the weblink above, or call The St. Regis at 1-888-627-8087 and ask for the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' Room Block. The cutoff date for this special rate is September 20, 2013.

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]

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 $205.00 per night. Double or triple occupancy is $235.00 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 Sunday, October 20 through Saturday, October 26, 2013. To book rooms at these special rates, please contact the 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 3:00 PM hotel time on September 24, 2013.

About the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations:

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
Twitter: @ncusar

1730 M St NW, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: 1-202-293-6466
Fax: 1-202-293-7770

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March 18, 2013

Association of Departments of Foreign Languages Summer Seminars

The Association of Department of Foreign Languages is proud to announce their Summer Seminars! Draft programs for the seminars are posted on the ADFL website (

Each June the ADFL arranges two seminars where experienced and newly appointed chairs of ADFL-member departments or their designees share information and consult about issues facing their departments and the field. Lectures and discussions range in focus from the teaching and learning of language and literature in the broad context of the humanities and the changing university to the concrete challenges of department leadership and management. Seminar North this year will be held jointly with the Association of Departments of English.

Each seminar is preceded by current workshops:
-A workshop for new chairs, led by seasoned administrators, offers practical advice about all aspects of chairing to participants about to start or just completing their first year as department chairs
-A workshop for department re viewers and chairs of departments preparing for review examines materials, standards, and practices suitable to department reviews
-A workshop on teaching language through literature and literature through language offers instructional strategies that join the study of literature and cultural content with supported language development (only at Seminar South)
-A workshop on strategies for interacting the press (only at Seminar North)

More information (including dates, locations, accommodations, and more) are found on the ADFL website.

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March 11, 2013

Summer Arabic & Politics Exchange - Tunis, Tunisia and its partners - Université Paris-Dauphine I Tunis, Tunisia Live, the Bosphore Academy and the International Crisis Group - are pleased to announce the first Summer Arabic & Politics Exchange June 14-July 12, 2013, in Tunis, Tunisia.

The four-week course will immerse our participants in the language and politics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), with a particular emphasis on direct engagement with some of the leading academic, political, intellectual and religious figures active across the spectrum in Tunisia.

This summer's Exchange will also be opened by a two-day conference, June 15-16, led by more than a dozen MENA experts from the International Crisis Group (ICG - The consecutive weekend sessions will cover a broad range of topics addressed by ICG's country analysts and moderated by their senior staff.

Different participation modules (detailed below) are available: Including morning Arabic classes only, afternoon and weekend Politics seminars only, attendance at the opening ICG conference only, and two-weeks of Politics seminars instead of the full month. TO REQUEST AN APPLICATION for this Summer's Exchange, email

APPLY BY APRIL 20, 2013 (applicants are accepted on a rolling basis and spaces are limited).

Note that tuition discounts are available for those applicants with demonstrated need as well as alumni of our previous Exchanges. For more information, please email

June 3-13, 2013/Application deadline April 10, 2013
Limited spaces available/Rolling acceptance and will be jointly hosting the Third Turkey Exchange June 3-13, with the first seven days convened in Istanbul and the three final days held in Ankara. For more information, as well as the previous schedule of events and meetings, click here.

Learn Arabic in Tunis!

For more information about our new series of Arabic and English Language classes, offered at several different levels, March 4-April 12, click here.

All classes will take place at our facility located at 78 Avenue Mohammad V in Downtown Tunis over the six-week period (click here for directions).

Background on Five Years of the Exchange in the MENA Region:

The Exchange is an effort by and its partners to promote direct engagement and understanding through a variety of city-focused conferences.

The First Exchange was launched in June 2008 in Beirut, Lebanon. Now, several years on, over 270 students from 44 different countries have participated in 16 different Exchange programs across the region, with many going on to work as diplomats in their home countries, for NGOs serving the region and as social entrepreneurs.

The Exchange welcomes applications from current students as well as professionals and post-professionals interested in better understanding the Middle East and North Africa, and, we hope, their own country's involvement in the region.

To view previous Exchange programs in Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Tunis and the Gulf, as well as media coverage of our efforts, visit

Tunis Program Details & Costs:

This Summer's Arabic and Politics Exchange in Tunis will be offered in the following modules:

OPTION A: Politics Only-Full Course, June 14-July 12

* Participants will engage in over 140 hours of seminars, meetings and field trips offered in the afternoons (1:30pm-6:30pm) and weekends throughout the four week course June 14-July 12;

* The language of the Politics Course is English, with translation from French and Arabic provided for all students;

* For previous Tunis Exchange programs detailing the scope of our activities, the range of speakers and where we travel in the country, visit;

* FEE OPTION A - $2300.

OPTION B: Politics Only-Half Course, June 14-June 28 or June 28-July 12

* Participants will have the option of joining us during our Politics Course in the afternoons (1:30pm-6:30pm) and weekends either June 14-June 28 or June 28-July 12 (approximately 70 hours of sessions);

* As with all of our Exchanges, the precise program will only be released in hard copy at the beginning of the course, although we expect to announce speakers and field trips scheduled for each Half Course by April 2013 and expect there to be a rough balance in the caliber of speakers between both Courses;

* Participants in the first Half Course June 14-June 28 will be afforded full access to the opening conference June 15 and 16 convened by the International Crisis Group;

* FEE OPTION B - $1400.

OPTION C: Arabic Only-Full Course, June 14-July 12

* Participants will engage in 60 hours of Arabic classes offered at several different levels including both colloquial Tunisian and Formal Arabic, 9am-12pm, every Monday to Friday;

* The courses will be coordinated and taught by the Bosphore Academy ( at their facility in downtown Tunis, within walking distance of our hotel facility, nearby participant accommodations as well as all afternoon sessions;

* For more specific information on the Arabic classes offered during the Exchange, please email;

* FEE OPTION C: $900.

OPTION D: Politics & Arabic-Full Course, June 14-July 12

* Participants will engage in both Option A and Option C, joining our morning Arabic classes as well as the afternoon and weekend Politics sessions and the opening ICG conference;

* FEE OPTION D: $3200.

OPTION E: ICG Conference, June 14-16

* During the opening weekend of this summer's Exchange, participants will engage in more than 18 hours of consecutive sessions led by more than a dozen International Crisis Group experts and senior staff, covering the topics that ICG regularly analyses in MENA through its policy reports, commentary and alerts;

* ICG country experts will be led by Robert Malley, ICG's director of MENA programs;

* FEE OPTION D: $350 regular admission/Exchange Alumni $250. (accommodation and meals not included)

Logistics & Other Costs

Location - All Arabic sessions during the month will take place in downtown Tunis at the Bosphore Academy classrooms ( on Avenue Mohammad V. All Politics sessions will take place in the main conference room of the Tunis Dauphine Institute ( located within 15-20 minutes walking distance of the Bosphore Academy, as well as our preferred accommodations, including our own hotel facility at 78 Avenue Mohammad V.

Accommodations - Participants have the option of securing their own accommodations during the program. Accommodation at either our Bed and Breakfast (The Maison Tunis) located next to the Bosphore Academy or across the street at the three star El-Pacha hotel ( will cost approximately $950-$1200 for the month in a shared double room, including breakfast and all taxes.

Air Travel - It is highly recommended that all participants reserve their airline tickets as early as possible since the summer season is a difficult time to secure seats. Roundtrip tickets from Western Europe are typically $400 during the summer and approximately $900 from the United States.

Miscellaneous - Tunisia is a relatively affordable country when it comes to food and transportation. Participants should budget a minimum of $15 per day for lunch and dinner, as well as a minimum of $300 for other leisure costs during the month.

Financial Aid - In order to gather a diverse group of participants, we offer financial aid to applicants with demonstrated need amounting to between 25% and 50% of the tuition cost. Unfortunately, we cannot offer financial aid towards accommodation costs, airfare or other boarding and leisure costs.

Previous Institutional Participants in the Tunis Exchange:

En-Nahda Party
Congress for the Republic Party
Ettakatol Party
Constitutional Democratic Rally Party
The Democratic Modernist Pole Party
Worker's Communist Party
Progressive Democratic Party
Tunisian General Trade Union
Union of Tunisian Journalists
The Central Bank of Tunisia
Ministry of Women's Affairs
Ministry of Human Rights
Manouba University
Tunis University
Association of Democratic Women
Tunisian Network for Social Economy
Tunisian Observatory for a Democratic Transition
Tunisian League of Human Rights
Tunisian-American Chamber of Commerce
Tunisian Association of Young Entrepreneurs
Committee to Protect Journalists
Attounsia Newspaper


APPLY BY April 20, 2013 (note that applicants are accepted on a rolling basis and spaces are limited)

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January 11, 2013

Hands-on Experience in Islamic Art and Archaeology:

Hands-on Experience in Islamic Art and Archaeology:
Lectures, field trips, excavation
22nd of September - 11th of October 2013

This four-credit academic summer course,
combined with a firsthand experience in
archaeological excavation, will take place at
one of the sites dated to the Islamic period in
Israel. 15 students will be admitted, from
various universities in Israel and abroad,
preferably graduate students of Islamic and
Middle-Eastern studies, history, art and
archaeology. The program includes lectures,
workshops in Islamic material culture
(numismatics, epigraphy, ceramics, glass and
metalwork); field trips to Islamic historical
sites and to art and archaeological collections.
The participants will be expected to read
background material and to write an
excavation report and an essay.

The course is subsidized by The Israel Council for Higher Education.
The student is responsible for his/her own airfare.

For further information and registration, please write to the Dept. of Islamic and Middle-Eastern Studies,
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, ISRAEL,

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Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe: modern challenges

An e-learning programme from the Woolf Institute

This three-part course focuses on the relationships
between Jews, Christians and Muslims and their impact
in modern Europe, looking at their history, culture and
issues of citizenship.

Is there more to Jewish history in Europe than the
Holocaust? Is the presence of Muslims in Europe a new
phenomenon spanning only the last few decades? How
have Jews, Christians and Muslims influenced European
culture? Is constructive coexistence possible? On this
course students will be encouraged to address challenging
questions, some easier to answer than others, through
case studies and set reading.

The course is taught at a final-year undergraduate level
and the e-learning approach allows you to study wherever
and whenever you choose via the internet. With the
support of Woolf Institute tutors, you will work both
individually and jointly with other students.

Induction week:
25 February–1 March 2013
History module:
4 March–29 March 2013
Culture module:
15 April–17 May 2013
Citizenship module:
3 June–28 June 2013
Applications are now being
accepted for the next course
commencing 25 February 2013.

The closing date for applications
is 1 February 2013.

The course fee is £350. Bursaries
are available depending on academic
or professional merit and financial
circumstances. On completion of the
course you will be awarded a Woolf
Institute Certificate. If you wish to use
this course as a stepping stone to further
studies, our tutors can advise you.

For more information, please contact:
Tel: +44 (0)1223 741038

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