On September 12, Amb. Bill Taylor, Executive Vice President, United States Institute of Peace, and Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council, will discuss recent developments and challenges facing NATO due to recent major events
On August 22, His Highness Prince Abdullah Al-Saud, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States and Mr. Nawaf Althari, Counter-Terrorism Adviser for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Permanent Mission to the United Nations joined participants in the Congressional Partnership Program for an off-the-record discussion on Saudi Arabia’s counterterrorism efforts. Also in attendance was Prince Musab Al Saud, Director of the Office of Political and Congressional Affairs at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia.
His Highness Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki bin Abdullah Al Saud
Ambassador Abdullah Al Saudis the nephew of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. He received his education in Saudi Arabia and studied engineering in the United Kingdom. He started his professional life as an engineer with the newly established Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, where he held technical and managerial positions and supervised key studies for the two industrial cities and for the industrial security and safety sector. In the 1980s, he assumed the duties of Acting Secretary General of the Royal Commission, a post he held until 1987, when he was appointed Secretary General. In January of 1991, he was promoted to the position of Chairman, a role in which he also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Commission and Chairman of its Board of Directors.
He presented his credentials to U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House on Jan. 28, 2016.
Mr. Nawaf Althari
Mr. Althari is the Saudi Arabian Counter Terrorism expert at the United Nations. Nawaf served as the Head of the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) during the Kingdom’s chairmanship of the organization in 2014/2015. As chair of the organization, he was responsible for negotiating several resolutions that served the 56 state membership and elevated the status of the organization by facilitating the resolution of cooperation between the UN and the OIC.
He is currently the coordinator of the OIC for all Counter Terrorism matters at the UN and has represented the OIC in the review of the Global Counter Terrorism Strategy, The discussion of the Secretary General’s plan on Preventing Violent Extremism in Geneva, and many other relevant legal and CT resolutions.
He currently serves as the Counter Terrorism and Counter Piracy Focal Point, heading the expert advisory board of the UNCCT (United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre) where he oversees the projects of the centre that cover multiple dimensions of the CT field, including capacity building, countering violent extremism, preventing online radicalization and dealing with foreign terrorist fighters directly. He has engaged major players in the private sector such as Google and Facebook to help foster dialogue and provide a unique perspective to the field of online radicalization.
On June 29, four experts from the United States Institute of Peace discussed the current situation in Iraq and examples of reconciliation in ISIS-cleared areas.
On May 3rd, Congressman Jim Kolbe, Former U.S. Congressman (R-AZ) 1985-2007, and Linda Bishai, USIP North Africa Director, provided staffers with an update on Tunisia
Nancy Lindborg, President of the United States Institute of Peace, and General (Ret.) John Allen, former Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL
Ambassador Eric Edelman, former Ambassador to Turkey, and Alan Makovsky, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, briefed congressional staffers on the increasingly authoritarian actions by the Erdoğan government
On November 30, PSA hosted Ambassador Marcelle Wahba, former Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, for an off-the-record dinner with the Fall 2015 class of the Congressional Partnership Program.
Ambassador Wahba is the President of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW). Prior to her appointment as President of AGSIW, Wahba led DerMar International, LLC, a consulting firm focused on assisting American businesses seeking to establish or expand their presence in the Middle East. She served as the Senior Advisor for the GCC countries from 2008 to 2012 at PineBridge Investments, an asset management firm based in New York City. Other consulting assignments included Booz Allen Hamilton, U.S. Department of State, the Department of Defense, and Northrop Grumman.
Ambassador Wahba retired from the U.S. Department of State in May 2008, class of Minister Counselor, after a 22-year career spent mostly in the Middle East. Wahba was confirmed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Arab Emirates in October 2001. She received the White House Presidential Meritorious Service Award for her service in the UAE and was decorated by HH President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan with the UAE’s Order of Independence (First Class).
Ambassador Frank Wisner and Linda Bishai, USIP North Africa Director, discussed the political and economic measures that the United States can take to help resist the spread of radical extremism in Tunisia.
Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) hosted an off-the-record roundtable lunch discussion on the recent conflict in Yemen. In September 2014, the Ansar Allah (aka Houthi) rebels took control of the capitol of Sana’a
March 9th: PSA hosted a small off-the-record round table lunch with Dr. Graeme Bannerman, PSA Board member and former Senate Foreign Relations Committee Staff Director. Just returning from his travels to Egypt and the UAE, Dr. Bannerman shared information and insight from meetings with government officials, security figures, community leaders, and others in both countries. America’s relationships with these nations are complex, but continue to prove critical in advancing U.S. priorities in the Middle East – including the fight against ISIS, efforts in Israel/Palestine, and promoting stability in the region.
Graeme Bannerman is a Scholar at the Middle East Institute. As such, he frequently provides commentary on Middle Eastern issues for numerous American and international media outlets including the BBC, Canadian National television, NBC, CBS, PBS News Hour, Fox News, al-Hurra, al-Jazeera, and others. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Hands along the Nile and serves on the Board of Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.
Prior to joining the Middle East Institute, he founded and served as President of Bannerman & Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm. Bannerman & Associates, Inc. worked with a variety of international clients primarily in the Middle East.
He served on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 1979 until 1987. His last position was Committee Staff Director. From 1979 through 1984, he was the Committee’s professional staff member responsible for the Middle East and South Asia.
Before working for the Senate, he was employed by the Department of State, as a Middle Eastern Affairs Analyst and on the Policy Planning Staff. He worked on Arab-Israeli affairs during the time of Camp David and the negotiation of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.
Dr. Bannerman taught at several institutions including Georgetown University, George Washington University, and The American University in Beirut. He holds a doctorate in Modern Middle Eastern History from the University of Wisconsin, a MA in South Asian studies from the University of Wisconsin, a MA in Modern Middle Eastern history from The American University in Beirut, and a BA degree from Northwestern University.