LIVE STREAM TODAY: US-Saudi Relations in a World Without Equilibrium


Note: Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William J. Burns will deliver remarks at approximately 12:45 pm. His remarks will be on the record. I will then moderate an off the record Q&A session with Secretary Burns, during which time this LIVE STREAM will cut out. We will then return at approximately 2:00 pm for our third panel discussion.
Today, I am co-charing a major national policy forum on US-Saudi economic and strategic perspectives on the Middle East and global economic and security system.
We have quite a line-up which I’ll share below. C-Span will be airing parts of the conference, but the entire program will run live here on The Washington Note — and video will be posted here for later viewing.
The event is full beyond capacity — so watching the streaming on the internet may be most comfortable for folks.
The entire program is here:

The New America Foundation and the Committee for International Trade
cordially invite you to a major national policy forum
Monday, 27 April 2009
The Four Seasons Hotel
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC

8:00 am
Registration & Coffee
8:45 am
Welcoming Remarks
9:00 am
A Forward Projection of What the Saudi-US Relationship Should Look Like and Needs to Achieve

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
His Excellency HRH 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, Center for Middle East Public Policy, RAND Corporation
Former National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter
Co-Author, America and the World: Conversations on the Future of US Foreign Policy
The Honorable Abdulla Alireza
Minister of Commerce, Saudi Arabia
Steve Clemons
Director, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation
Publisher, The Washington Note
10:30 am
Economics as a National Security Imperative: Challenges for Saudi Arabia and the U.S.

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

12:00 pm
Blackberry Break
12:15 pm
Luncheon and Address
America’s Strategic Choices and Challenges in the Arabian Gulf and Beyond

The Honorable William J. Burns
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
Former US Ambassador to Russia
1:45 pm
Blackberry Break

2:00 pm
Through Saudi Arabia’s Window and Other Lenses: Middle East Dynamics and Stakeholder Challenges

The Honorable Anne-Marie Slaughter
Director of Policy Planning, Department of State
Former Dean, Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, Princeton University
His Excellency Nigel Sheinwald
Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the United States
Former Foreign Policy and Defense Adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair

The Honorable 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 Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of France
Edward Luce
Washington Bureau Chief, Financial Times
3:30 pm
Closing Comments and Adjournment

Steve Clemons
Director, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation
and Publisher, The Washington Note
The Honorable Abdulrahman Al-Saeed
Director General, Specialized Studies Center/Riyadh
Advisor to the Royal Court

— Steve Clemons


9 comments on “LIVE STREAM TODAY: US-Saudi Relations in a World Without Equilibrium

  1. Joe Ben Avraham says:

    A very interesting new addition to the English language lexicon:
    Blackberry Break
    Let’s hope that this cultural development does not enter the school system anytime soon.


  2. saudi observer says:

    Dear Steven:
    Your skills are absolutely impressive. I was able to watch almost the entire broadcaste of your excellent meeting all the way across the world in Riyadh.
    His Royal Highness Prince Turki Alfaisal was excellent in his commentary as were Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Ms. Rita Hauser, Senator Chuck Hagel, His Excellency Minister Abdullah Alireza.
    But to tell you the honest truth Steven Clemons, you are the key to the success of this excellent meeting. I have never seen a person who had such skill and confidence and mastery of details and personalities and ideas like you at the podium. You made this meeting extremely exciting and extremely worthwhile for all of the participants and observers.
    I wish you had been the moderator for all of the excellent sessions. I applaud your management of the easy and the hard questions alike.
    I truly think that the meeting you held yesterday may be a historic one which people will point to as the start of a very newly revised US-Saudi relationship.
    Thank you for your priceless, excellent, tireless work to educate so many on the important foreign policies that we should embrace.


  3. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Congrats, Steve, a job well done. Keep it up, man.


  4. Mr.Murder says:

    Instead of channeling money to existing bailout banks, erect a new edifice to serve as a pillar of foreign policy support to places like Palestine. Have US and Saudi dollars match amounts for capital investment that can create jobs for Israel and Palestine to the point both sides see advantage to end conflict there.
    Make an investment bank speicfically for such purpose, free of the debt packaging, etc.


  5. Hassan Al-Husseini says:

    Congratulations on a very good one-day conference. Everyone is to be highly congratulated, especially the New America Foundation, the Washington Note, the CIT and the many participants. Thank you Steve Clemons, Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Saeed, Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Fahd and all the other participants from both the United States and Saudi Arabia. I watched much of the conference live through webstream sitting in my home in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia. I could not attend as the U.S. Embasy said it may take 4 months for me to get a visa to visit the USA. It only took two months to get a visa 2 years ago, and only 2 hours 4 years ago! You made my day!


  6. Kathleen g says:

    Incredible. Hope to be able to go back and watch the whole thing. Steve gracious great that you thanked the help (is there any way to volunteer for the next panel)


  7. Kathleen G says:

    Anne Marie Slaugter ask what do the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have in common ?
    “stable, durable peace in the Israeli Palestinian conflict”
    “prosperity in the region”
    “a middle east built on tolerance”
    “the great religions of the world co-existing in the middle east”
    while anne was in China she became very aware of the idea of “rebuilding of ancient trade routes”
    Saudia Arabia… diversified economic portfolio


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