The 23rd Annual Arab Policymakers Conference, organized by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, was held October 28-29, 2014 in Washington, DC. The event brings together “internationally renowned specialists to analyze, discuss, and debate issues of over-arching importance to the American and Arab people’s needs, concerns, interests, and key foreign policy objectives. ” This year the AUSPC was focused on, “Framing and Charting the Region’s Issues, Challenges and Opportunities: Implications for Arab and U.S. Policies.”
On the first day of the conference Prince Turki Al-Faisal, former Saudi Ambassador to the United States, provided keynote remarks at the luncheon. Regular readers here can recall the many interviews, articles and reports that SUSRIS has provided regarding his insights and perspectives on Saudi-US relations and the many challenges in the Middle East for policymakers in both Riyadh and Washington. Today he recalls some of the calls he made in recent years regarding regional trouble spots, especially the Syrian civil war, as he walks listeners through the current turmoil. You can catch up on his earlier comments through the linked reports that follow the transcript from AUSPC 2014.