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15 December 2021 "Iraq Update: A Conversation with Ambassador Dr. Fareed Yasseen" Online Briefing Program

15 December 2021 "Iraq Update: A Conversation with Ambassador Dr. Fareed Yasseen" Online Briefing Program

Date(s) - 12/15/2021
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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National Council on US-Arab Relations

Representatives from Iraq’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including Foreign Minister Dr. Fuad Hussein, meet with representatives from the United States Department of State, including Secretary Antony Blinken, in Washington, D.C., in July 2021. Photo: U.S. Department of State.

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The program will be livestreamed on the National Council’s YouTube channel and can also be accessed from the National Council’s website.

Audio and video recordings of the program will be available soon after the livestream on YouTubeApple PodcastsSpotify, and elsewhere.

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Context Provider:

Dr. John Duke Anthony

Dr. John Duke Anthony

Dr. Anthony is the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. On June 21, 2000, H.M. King Muhammad VI of Morocco knighted Dr. Anthony, bestowing upon him the Medal of the Order of Ouissam Alaouite, the nation of Morocco’s highest award for excellence. Dr. Anthony is former Chair, Near East and North Africa Program, Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State as well as former Founding Chair of the Department’s Advanced Arabian Peninsula Studies Seminar – the U.S. government’s leading educational preparation programs for select American diplomatic and defense personnel assigned to countries in Arabia and the Gulf.

Featured Specialist:

His Excellency Fareed Yasseen

His Excellency Dr. Fareed Yasseen
Ambassador of Iraq to the United States of America

Ambassador Yasseen is the Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the United States. He assumed the post in November 2016. Ambassador Yasseen joined Iraq’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2004. He has served as head of the Ministry’s Department of Policy Planning, as Diplomatic Advisor to Deputy President Adil Abd al-Mahdi, and, prior to his posting in Washington, for six years as the Ambassador of Iraq to France.

Educated in Iraq, Switzerland, and the United States, Ambassador Yasseen was trained as a physicist and conducted research at leading universities in Europe and the United States before becoming involved in political activism and human rights advocacy. He has worked and consulted at start-up companies, public policy research institutes, and United Nations agencies. In particular, Ambassador Yasseen led pioneering efforts in the use of the Internet at the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Ambassador Yasseen is a Member of the American Physical Society and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. In 2016, he was awarded the Robert and JoAnn Bendetsen Public Diplomacy Award at Tufts University and was also made Commander in France’s National Order of the Legion of Honor.

Moderator and Discussant:

Mr. David Des Roches

Mr. David Des Roches

Mr. Des Roches is an Associate Professor at the U.S. Department of Defense National Defense University Near East South Asia Center for Security Studies. He was formerly the director responsible for defense policy concerning Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Professor Des Roches is a National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Senior International Affairs Fellow as well as a National Council Joseph J. Malone Fellow in Arab and Islamic Studies to Syria.
National Council Public Affairs Discussion

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Washington, D.C., U.S.A. (EST)
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Baghdad, Iraq (AST)

Registration is NOT REQUIRED to view the program.

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