Register for Dialogue on the Middle East in Dallas
"Who is Backing Whom in the Middle East and Why?" will open the Global Security Dialogues in Dallas, Texas on October 21. The event will convene local and transatlantic leaders in the magnificent Pecan Room of Old Parkland to discuss the fault lines of secularism and faith in the Middle East, the role of regional actors in Egypt, Iraq, and Syria, and the strategies that the United States and its allies could pursue for outcomes favorable to their interest.
The Global Security Dialogues will bring together leaders from the United States and Europe to discuss pressing foreign policy and security issues with leadership constituencies outside of Washington, DC. Each dialogue takes place over a seated dinner under Chatham House Rule which allows information to be shared, but not attributed to any particular source. Registration is $50 USD and non-refundable.
Access is limited to alumni of the Marshall Memorial Fellowship, the Manfred Wörner Seminar, Leadership Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, the Asmus Policy Entrepreneurs Fellowship, or the APSA Congressional Fellowship and partners of GMF.
The Global Security Dialogues are sponsored by the NATO's Public Diplomacy Division. The event in Dallas is implemented in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.
The Honorable Robert Jordan, U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (2001-2003)
Ambassador Robert Jordan served as the U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 2001-2003. He took charge of his mission in the wake of the September 11 attacks which radically altered U.S.-Saudi relations. Ambassador Jordan led the U.S. efforts to secure Saudi cooperation in the Middle East and to encourage Saudi accession to the World Trade Organization, which eventually materialized on September 11, 2005. He also worked closely with President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell on the historic presidential summit meetings in Crawford, Texas and Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Ambassador Jordan is a partner with Baker Botts in charge of the firm’s Middle East Practices with offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Riyadh. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a vice chairman of the board of directors of the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University. Both as a private citizen and a public official, Ambassador Jordan has done much to advance U.S. ties with the Middle East.
The Honorable Rachad Bouhlal, Moroccan Ambassador to the United States
Ambassador Rachad Bouhlal was appointed by King Mohammed VI as ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United States of America on December 6, 2011. He previously served as the ambassador to Germany and to the European Union, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Ambassador Bouhlal also held the position of secretary general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, senior advisor to the prime minister for Economic and Financial Affairs, secretary general of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investments, director of Fisheries at the Ministry of Fisheries and Merchant Marine, and deputy director of the Trade Division at the Ministry of Finance. He received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics in 1970 and his MBA in Rouen, France. He was awarded the Order of the Throne of the Kingdom of Morocco, the Commander of the Order of Leopold by the King of Belgium, the Grand Cross of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Officer of the Legion of Honor of the Republic of France.
Mr. Özgür Ünlühisarcıklı, Director, Ankara Office, German Marshall Fund of the United States
Özgür Ünlühisarcıklı is the director of GMF's office in Ankara, Turkey. Prior to joining GMF, he was the manager of the Resource Development department of the Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey; the director of the ARI Movement, a Turkish NGO promoting participatory democracy; and a consultant at AB Consulting and Investment Services. After graduating from the Robert College, Mr. Ünlühisarcıklı received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Marmara University and his master's degree from Koç University. He is a frequent contributor to the GMF blog, covering Turkish and regional politics, and he manages GMF’s On Turkey Policy Brief Series.
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