The U.S., Iran, and Shifting Regional Dynamics in the Gulf

A George D. Schwab Foreign Policy Briefing

 Thursday, March 5, 2020, 6:00pm

 Registration 5:45-6:00pm; Program 6:00-7:15pm; Reception to Follow

Union Club* | 101 East 69th Street, New York City

Funeral of Qasem Soleimani | Credit: Mehr News Agency


Ambassador Barbara A. Leaf
Ruth and Sid Lapidus Fellow & Director, Geduld Program on Arab Politics
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates

Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman
President, The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington
Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Kuwait

moderated by

Warren Hoge
Senior Adviser for External Relations
International Peace Institute

In the aftermath of the U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, U.S.-Iran relations have reached a near-historic low-point.  Reactions to the strike have inspired sharp rhetoric between the decades-old adversaries, in addition to second- and third-order effects that influence the broader geopolitics of the Gulf region.  In the immediate aftermath of this surge in U.S.-Iran tensions, the Iraqi parliament voted to eliminate the presence of the U.S. troops in their nation, movement away from the JCPOA has prompted the European Union to threaten snap-back sanctions on Iran, and the short-term security of other regional actors is now under question.  Join the NCAFP and a panel of noted experts on U.S. policy in the Gulf as they analyze the evolving state of play in the region.

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*The Union Club enforces a strict dress code of jacket and tie for men, and equivalent dress for women.  Denim and sneakers are prohibited


The NCAFP Mourns the Loss of Paul A. Volcker

The National Committee on American Foreign Policy’s Board of Trustees mourns the loss of Honorary Chairman, and long-time friend, The Honorable Paul A. Volcker.  Chairman Volcker’s introduction to the National Committee began with his receipt of the George F. Kennan Award for Distinguished Public Service in the fall of 1997, recognizing his historic contributions to central banking in the United States.  

He was named the Honorary Chairman of the National Committee in 2005, serving for more than a decade as a substantial contributor to innumerable roundtables, policy meetings, and awards dinners.  His peerless vision, tireless fortitude, and rigorous intellect were matched only by his gentle charm and endlessly affable wit.  We offer our greatest condolences to his wife, Anke, and his loving family on the loss of this great leader and statesman.

- Jeffrey R. Shafer, Chairman

NCAFP Delegation Speaks at East-West Center

Security and Political Trends in East Asia Insights from an NCAFP Delegation Trip from East-West Center on Vimeo.


In November 2019, the National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP) sent a delegation of distinguished experts and practitioners to meet with government officials, scholars and experts across Northeast Asia. The group visited Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo and Seoul; and in each city held frank and authoritative discussions on regional dynamics and security issues including U.S.-China relations, cross-Taiwan Strait relations, North Korea, and the future of U.S. alliances.

Introduced by Ambassador Susan M. Elliott, President and CEO of the NCAFP, the delegation spoke on a panel at the EastWest Center and included: Ambassador Raymond Burghardt, Ambassador James Zumwalt, Ms. Susan Thornton, and Mr. Mark Tokola.


Susan A. Thornton to Join the NCAFP

NEW YORK, October 31, 2019 – The National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP) President and CEO Susan  M. Elliott announced today the appointment of Susan A. Thornton as Project Director of its Forum on Asia-Pacific Security, effective January 1, 2020. Ms. Thornton retired from U.S. government service in summer 2018 and is a Senior Fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School, where she will remain concurrently affiliated.

Ms. Thornton will succeed current FAPS Project Director, Professor Donald S. Zagoria, who notified the NCAFP Board of Trustees of his decision to retire earlier this year, following a remarkable career as a thought leader on security and diplomacy in the Asia Pacific.

Jeffrey R. Shafer, NCAFP Chairman said, “The NCAFP’s Forum on Asia-Pacific Security, which has been ably led by Professor Donald S. Zagoria for over twenty years, has contributed to peace and stability in East Asia by conducting authoritative unofficial diplomatic discussions. There is no person better suited to continue the legacy of Professor Zagoria than Susan Thornton, who has the practical experience and strategic foresight needed to navigate the pressing foreign policy and security challenges confronting this increasingly important region of the world.”

More details on Susan Thornton's appointment can be found by clicking here.



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