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U.S.-Saudi Relations in a World Without Equilibrium

A Committee for International Trade / New America Foundation Conference

This event featured panel discussions and remarks on the following topics:

  • Fixing the Coordinates for Healthy Geo-Political & Geo-Economic Relations Between Saudi Arabia and the United States
  • A Forward Projection of What the Saudi-US Relationship Should Look Like and Needs to Achieve
  • Economics as a National Security Imperative: Challenges for Saudi Arabia and the U.S.
  • America's Geo-Strategic and Geo-Economic Choices and Challenges in the Arabian Gulf and Beyond
  • The Neighborhood Through Saudi Arabia's Window - and Other Lenses
  • Moving Beyond Veneer and Protocol: A No-Nonsense Agenda For US-Saudi Relations

A full agenda and participant list are available below. Video of the keynote address, by the Honorable William J. Burns, can be viewed at right; video and MP3 recordings of the other sessions will be added here as they become available.

Welcoming Remarks

  • Steve Clemons
    Director, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation
  • Abdulaziz Al-Fahad
    Chairman, Committee for International Trade, Saudi Chambers of Commerce

Panel I: A Forward Projection of What the Saudi-U.S. Relationship Should Look Like and Needs to Achieve

Transcript | Video | MP3
  • The Honorable Chuck Hagel
    Former United States Senator
    Distinguished Professor in the Practice of National Governance, Georgetown University
    Chairman, Atlantic Council of the United States
  • HRH Prince Turki Al-Faisal
    Chairman, King Faisal Center for Research & Islamic Studies
    Former Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States
    Former Director, Saudi Arabia Intelligence Services
  • Rita E. Hauser
    Chairperson, International Peace Institute
    Chair, Director's Council, New America Foundation
  • The Honorable Zbigniew Brzezinski
    Trustee & Counselor, Center for Strategic & International Studies
    Chair, RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy
    Former National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter
    Co-Author, America and the World: Conversations on the Future of US Foreign Policy
  • His Excellency Abdullah Alireza
    Minister of Commerce and Industry, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • comments
    Peter Robertson
    Co-Chairman, U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council
    Vice Chairman, Chevron
  • moderator
    Steve Clemons
    Director, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation

Panel II: Economics as a National Security Imperative: Challenges for Saudi Arabia and the U.S.

Video | MP3
  • His Excellency Ibrahim Al-Assaf
    Minister of Finance, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Heidi Crebo-Rediker
    Chief, International Finance and Economics, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • Brad Bourland
    Chief Economist, Jadwa Investments
    Former Chief Economist, Samba Financial Group
  • His Excellency Muhammad Al-Jasser
    Governor, Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency
  • Flynt Leverett
    Director, Geopolitics of Energy Initiative, New America Foundation
    Former Senior Director for the Middle East, National Security Council
  • moderator
    Jane Sasseen
    Washington Bureau Chief, BusinessWeek

Keynote Address: America's Strategic Choices and Challenges in the Middle East

Transcript | Video | MP3
  • The Honorable William J. Burns
    Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
    Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia

Panel III: Through Saudi Arabia's Window and Other Lenses: Middle East Dynamics and Stakeholder Challenges

Video | MP3
  • The Honorable Anne-Marie Slaughter
    Director of Policy Planning, Department of State
    Former Dean, Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, Princeton University
  • Neil Crompton
    Counsellor, Foreign and Security Policy Group
  • Abdulrahman Al-Saeed
    Director General, Specialized Studies Center-Riyadh
    Advisor to the Royal Court
  • The Honorable Wyche Fowler
    Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
    Former United States Senator
  • Joseph McMillan
    Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Security Affairs Department of Defense
  • His Excellency Pierre Vimont
    Ambassador of France to the United States
    Former Chief of Staff to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of France
  • moderator
    Edward Luce
    Washington Bureau Chief, Financial Times
Closing Comments and Adjournment
  • Abdulrahman Al-Saeed
    Director General, Specialized Studies Center-Riyadh
    Advisor to the Royal Court
  • Steve Clemons
    Director, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation

Location

Corcoran Ballroom-Four Seasons Hotel
2800 Pennsylania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC, 20007
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Event Time and Location

Monday, April 27, 2009 - 10:00am - 5:30pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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Video Clips

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Panel I Video
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Panel II Video
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Panel III Video