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Regional Dynamics in Context: A Conversation with His Excellency Walid Joumblatt

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Date(s) - 04/12/2021
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Monday, April 12, 2021

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Washington, D.C., U.S.A. (EDT)
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Mukhtara, Lebanon (EEST)

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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.

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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.

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His Excellency Walid Joumblatt

His Excellency Walid Joumblatt

His Excellency Walid Joumblatt is a prominent Lebanese politician and leader. In 1977, he was elected President of Lebanon’s Progressive Socialist Party and the Lebanese National Movement (a secular coalition of leftist parties) after the brutal assassination of his father, Kamal Joumblatt, who himself was a national leader working for social justice and democracy.

Mr. Joumblatt has played an active political role in Lebanon for decades. He was elected as member of Lebanon’s Parliament several times and led an 18-member parliamentary bloc. He also served in several ministerial posts.

Mr. Joumblatt has met and visited many world leaders over his years of service. They include American President George W. Bush; French Presidents: François Mitterrand, Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy, François Hollande, and Emmanuel Macron; Saudi Arabian leaders including Kings Faisal, Fahd, Abdullah, and Salman, and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman; Egyptian Presidents: Gamal Abdul Nasser, Hosni Mubarak, Anwar Sadat, and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi; King Abdullah II of Jordan; the late Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad; as well as other foreign officials and leaders including Indira Ghandi and Fidel Castro. Mr. Joumblatt hosted U.S. President Joe Biden in his hometown of Mukhtara when President Biden was serving in the United States Congress.

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Colonel (Ret.) Abbas K. Dahouk

Colonel (Ret.) Abbas K. Dahouk

Col. Dahouk is a Member of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Board of Directors. He served in the U.S. Army for 33 years as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne division along with multiple staff officer assignments throughout Europe and the Middle East. Col. Dahouk also served as Senior Military Advisor at the U.S. Department of State for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs; Defense and Army Attaché to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; and as Associate Professor of Arabic and Persian-Farsi at the United States Military Academy of West Point. Col. Dahouk is currently President of HyphenPoint LLC, focusing on creating business opportunities and bridging divides between U.S. security and private sectors and their respective counterparts in the Middle East and North Africa.
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Monday, April 12, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Washington, D.C., U.S.A. (EDT)
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Mukhtara, Lebanon (EEST)

Registration is NOT REQUIRED to view the program.

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