Middle East Organizations in Washington D.C.(4)

Israel Policy Forum

1030 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

Telephone Number: 202-842-1700

Fax Number: 202-842-1722

E-mail: ipfdc@ipforumdc.org

Web Site: www.israelpolicyforum.org

Year established: 1993

Description: Israel Policy Forum (IPF) is a non-profit, Jewish leadership organization established by distinguished and influential members of the American Jewish community. Its mission is to increase awareness of the Middle East peace process, and to encourage an active US role in resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict.


-Surveys of American and American Jewish opinion on the peace process

-Publishes Israel Policy Papers, monthly essays that analyze the peace process

-Publishes Forum Fax and IPF Friday (weekly)


-Judith Sternpeck, President

-Debra Wasserman, Executive Director


The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development (see also the Palestine Center)

2435 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-338-1958

Fax Number: 202-333-7742

E-mail: info@palestinecenter.org

Web Site: www.palestinecenter.org

Year established: 1977

Description: The Jerusalem Fund is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to the service of the Palestinian community in the West Bank and Gaza by making available financial support to humanitarian organizations.  Since 1991 the Fund has maintained an educational program, the Palestine Center, which seeks to represent a forum for discussion on Palestinian issues, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and American policies in the Middle East.


-Hosts art exhibits and poetry readings featuring works by Arabs and Arab-Americans

-Publishes information and policy briefs and For the Record summaries

-Houses a library with 3,000 books, periodicals, and documents on the Middle East, covering areas such as the Arab-Israeli conflict. For visits, please call.


-Hisham Sharabi, Chairman


Jewish Community Center of the District of Columbia (DCJCC)

1529 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-518-9400

Fax Number: 202-518-9420

Web Site: www.dcjcc.org

Year established: 1985

Description: The Jewish Community Center of the District of Columbia (DCJCC) is a non-profit agency serving the educational, cultural, social, and recreational needs of the Jewish community in and around the District of Columbia. DCJCC offers classes, lectures, retreats, social activities, “meal and lecture” programs, summer day camp, preschool, and films. Its community service division reaches out to the homeless, poor, elderly, and handicapped, and it serves as the organizational center for many community programs.  Its Judaics and public affairs divisions offer a constant supply of programs on the Middle East, with speakers, professors, and politicians.


-Offers Arabic, Hebrew, and Yiddish classes

-Holds lectures, seminars, debates, classes, and panel discussions on Middle Eastern topics

-Offers referral for Israel programs

-Houses Chaim Kempner Library collection of research books on Jewish history and religion. For visits, please call.

-Publishes Center in the City (monthly) publication


-William Kreisberg, President


Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington

6101 Montrose Road, Suite 205, Rockville, MD 20852

Telephone Number: 301-770-0881

Fax Number: 301-770-7553

E-mail: jcouncil@jcouncil.org

Web Site: www.jcouncil.org, www.solidaritywithisrael.org

Year established: 1938

Description: The Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington is the community relations agency for more than 200 affiliated Jewish organizations and congregations in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia. The Council is steadfast in its commitment to Israel and its security.  It consists of several committees, including the Israel Affairs Commission, which has sought to interpret both to the public and to the Jewish community the complex issues facing Israel and to initiate and coordinate advocacy campaigns in support of Israel.


-Holds meetings and programs

-Sponsors educational programs

-Publishes Jewish News in Review, monthly TV program on WUSATV (9), and Fairfax Cable Access Corporation (30), Montgomery Community Television

-Provides emergency mobilization at times of domestic or international crisis


-Ronald Halber, Executive Director


The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

6101 Montrose Road, Suite 205, Rockville, MD 20852

Telephone Number: 301-230-7200

Fax Number: 301-230-7265

E-mail: info@jewishfedwash.org

Web Site: www.shalomdc.org

Year established: 1987

Description: The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington raises and allocates funds to care for those in need, deepen Jewish identity and engagement, and strengthen the bonds between Jews in the Washington area, in Israel, and throughout the world. The local Washington Federation is one of 156 similar volunteer-driven organizations in the US and Canada committed to the renaissance of the Jewish people.


-Houses Jewish Experience for Teens (JET), a resource center for teen educators to help build youth groups and develop curricula for teen religious development

-Offers an eight-week academic experience in Israel to high school juniors and seniors

-Hosts Community Resettlement Program which works with beneficiary agencies, local synagogues, and volunteers for the successful resettlement of refugees in the community

-Offers Jewish information and referral service, providing information about Jewish culture, education, recreation, religious needs, and communal affairs


-Misha Galperin, Executive Vice President and CEO


Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA)

1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 515, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-667-3900

Fax Number: 202-667-0601

E-mail: info@jinsa.org

Web Site: www.jinsa.org

Year established: 1976

Description: The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs’ (JINSA) fundamental premise is two-fold: Within the US Jewish community there is concern for the United States and its security, and there is also concern within this community for a strong bond with Israel.  Given this, JINSA’s main goals are to inform the Jewish community of security issues affecting the United States and Israel and to maintain communication with government and military leaders to stress the strategic importance of Israel.


-Coordinates meetings and seminars nationwide

-Sponsors retired military officers and cadets and midshipmen on trips to Israel

-Publishes newsletter


-Norman Hascoe, President

-Mark Broxmeyer, Chairman


Jewish Peace Lobby

8604 2nd Avenue, Suite 317, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Telephone Number: 301-589-8764

Fax Number: 301-589-2722

E-mail: jplhome@peacelobby.org

Web Site: www.peacelobby.org

Year established: 1989

Description: The Jewish Peace Lobby is an American Jewish organization that seeks to promote a just and lasting resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


– Publishes articles, statements, annual reports


– Jerome M. Segal, President


Jews for Peace in Palestine and Israel (JPPI)

PO Box 4177, Arlington, VA 22204

Telephone Number: 202-423-7666

E-mail: info@jppi.org

Web Site: www.jppi.org

Year established: 2001

Description: JPPI is a Washington, DC based group of American Jews who believe that a just, comprehensive, and lasting peace in Palestine and Israel is attainable through negotiations based on international law and the implementation of relevant United Nations resolutions.


-Publishes JPPI dispatches (available online)


– Josh Ruebner, President


King Hussein Foundation International (KHFI)

PO Box 42558, Washington, DC 20015

Telephone Number: 202-833-4999

Fax Number: 202-833-5666

E-mail: khfinternational@aol.com

Web Site: www.noor.gov.jo/khf.htm

Year established: 2000

Description: The King Hussein Foundation was established by a Royal Decree as a non-profit, non-governmental organization to serve as an enduring commitment to the late King’s humanitarian vision and legacy. In 2000, the King Hussein Foundation International was established in Washington, DC to support the Foundation. The King Hussein Foundation cultivates and develops projects and programs in the fields of education and leadership, peace and democracy, and sustainable community development.


-Holds various programs in the fields of education and leadership, peace and democracy, and sustainable community development.

-Offers King Hussein Humanitarian Leadership Prize

-Publishes Hussein of Jordan Book (1935 – 1999)


– Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Chair


Kurdish Human Rights Watch (KHRW)

10560 Main Street, #207, Fairfax, VA 22030

Telephone Number: 703-385-3806

Fax Number: 703-385-3643

E-mail: kurds@khrw.org

Web Site: www.khrw.org

Description: KHRW offers a wide range of services to refugees and immigrants across the United States and to communities in Northern Iraq. These include: social services, employment services, orientation and cross-cultural training, humanitarian aid, language services, transitional housing and support, refugee and immigrant services, community strengthening, and rehabilitation and mentoring.


-Provides services to refugees, immigrants, and communities in Iraq

-Produces special reports


Pary Karadaghi, Executive Director


The Kuwait-America Foundation (KAF)

1120 G Street, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005

Telephone Number: 202-393-7580

Fax Number: 202-789-0014

E-mail: Kaf1@erols.com

Web Site: www.kuwaitamerica.org

Year established: 1991

Description: The Kuwait-America Foundation  is a cross-cultural, non-profit organization that conducts educational, cultural, and philanthropic activities on a people-to-people level between Kuwait and the United States.  KAF does not engage in political activities or provide grants to private individuals.  KAF is open to suggestions for projects and encourages participation on projects by members of the general public.  KAF has been very active on issues relating to children and violence in the inner city.


-Provides Kuwaiti speakers to schools

-Makes charitable donations to homeless shelters and youth programs

-Provides logistical and financial support for relevant projects

-Publishes newsletter


-Hassan Al-Ebraheem, Chairman of the Board


Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division

Thomas Jefferson Building, 101 Independence Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20540-4820

Telephone Number: 202-707-7937

Fax Number: 202-252-3180

E-mail: amed@loc.gov

Web Site: www.loc.gov/rr/amed

Year established: 1978

Description: The African and Middle Eastern Division (AMED) was created in 1978 as part of a general Library of Congress reorganization. For AMED it combined three disparate sections–African, Hebraic, and Near East, which cover some 70 countries and regions from Southern Africa to the Maghreb and from the Middle East to Central Asia. The division, led by chief, Julian Witherell (1978-91) and by Beverly Gray (1994- ), coordinates and directs the component sections. Each section plays a vital role in the Library’s acquisitions program; offers expert reference and bibliographic services to the Congress and researchers in this country and abroad; develops projects, special events, and publications; and cooperates and participates with other institutions and scholarly and professional associations in the US and abroad.


Mennonite Central Committee – Washington Office

110 Maryland Avenue, NE, Suite 502, Washington, DC 20002

Telephone Number: 202-544-6564

Fax Number: 202-544-2820

E-mail: mccwash@mcc.org

Web Site: www.mcc.org/us/washington

Year established: 1968

Description: The Mennonite Central Committee is the relief, development, and peacebuilding agency of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches of the US and Canada.  It carries out community development, peacemaking, and material aid programs, concentrating in developing countries and conflict-ridden areas such as the Middle East.  Volunteers are involved in education, housing, justice research, advocacy, health, social services, agricultural development, refugee assistance, and administrative support work.  Offices such as the one in Washington aid in keeping Mennonite church members and MCC volunteers informed of national and international developments as well as making Mennonite views known to the government.  The Washington office is not a lobby, but functions as a signal post for the Mennonite constituency, monitoring legislation and policy developments.  The office is willing to make the constituency’s views public and testify at government hearings.


-Holds issue seminars exposing constituents to the workings of Congress and government agencies

-Provides Mennonite Disaster Services

-Hosts international visitor exchange

-Publishes Washington Memo (bi-monthly); annual report; and occasional papers


-J. Daryl Byler, Washington Office Director


Meridian International Center

1630 Crescent Place, NW, Washington, DC 20009

Telephone Number: 202-667-6800

Fax Number: 202-667-1475

E-mail: info@meridian.org

Web Site: www.meridian.org

Year established: 1960

Description: Meridian International Center is a non-profit, cultural, and educational institution dedicated to increasing international understanding through exchanges of people, ideas, and the arts.  Through its services to international visitors and diplomats and the presentation of lectures, seminars, and exhibitions of an international character, Meridian serves as an introduction to the United States for many international visitors, including those from the Middle East.  Since June 2002, Meridian has been managing the Health Care Partnerships in Northern Iraq on behalf of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdish Democratic Party through a cooperative agreement with the US state department, a program designed to improve the health care systems in northern Iraq.


-Provides orientation services to government, corporate, and privately sponsored individuals coming to the United States.

-Holds Washington programs for youth groups, both American and international, training programs for students and Americans and their families relocating abroad

-Plans and develops professional study and observation tours throughout the country for visitors sponsored by the United States Information Agency, as well as by other government and private organizations

-Presents international art exhibitions and other cultural events with an international focus

-Conducts seminars on topics of international scope and importance

-Publishes newsletter


-Walter L. Cutler, President

-Joseph Allen, Chairman of the Board


Middle East Institute (MEI)

1761 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-785-1141

Fax Number: 202-331-8861

E-mail: mideasti@mideasti.org

Web Site: www.mideasti.org

Year established: 1946

Description: The Middle East Institute is a non-profit organization that strives to foster understanding of the Middle East. MEI’s mission is to contribute to the creation of a dynamic, modern Middle East through education and objective analysis. It serves as a resource center for information and discussion of the politics, economics, cultures, religions, and languages of the area from Morocco to Pakistan, including Central Asia. The Institute does not take policy positions nor seek to influence legislation; rather it offers exchanges and information services for members, foreign visitors, researchers, scholars, students, teachers, businesspersons, and government officials. Efforts are directed toward offering a balanced and well-rounded series of programs.


-Houses the George Camp Keiser Library, the nation’s most comprehensive English language Middle East collection outside the Library of Congress

-Publishes The Middle East  Journal  (quarterly), a highly regarded and widely read academic journal

-Houses Department of Language and Regional Studies which holds Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi, Turkish and regional-studies classes year-round

-Hosts the Leadership Development Program, which trains young leaders through an internship program

-Invites scholars and experts to prepare and publish research at MEI

-Offers domestic and foreign press with expert commentators and background information through Media Relations resources

Houses the Sultan Qaboos Research Center, devoted to the study of the Arabian Peninsula, the Persian Gulf, and Southwest Asia through, among other activities, a scholar-in-residence program

-Sponsors policy programs, cultural events, policy series, cultural series, congressional staff briefings, annual conference, special conferences, corporate briefings, and ambassador briefings

-Publishes The Bulletin (bi-monthly), a monthly calendar of events, Policy Briefs, and Perspectives


-Wyche Fowler, Jr., Chairman of the Board

-Amb. Wendy Chamberlin, President

-Dr. Michael Ryan, Vice President


The Middle East Media and Research Institute (MEMRI)

PO Box 27837, Washington, DC 20038

Telephone Number: 202-955-9070

Fax Number: 202-955-9077

E-mail: memri@memri.org

Web Site: www.memri.org

Year established: 1998

Description: The Middle East Media Research Institute bridges the language gap which exists between the West and the Middle East, providing timely translations of Arabic and Farsi media, as well as original analysis of political, ideological, and intellectual, social, cultural, and religious trends in the Middle East. MEMRI is an independent, non partisan, 501 (c)3 organization. MEMRI’s headquarters is located in Washington, DC with branches in Berlin, London, and Jerusalem, where MEMRI also maintains its media center. MEMRI research is translated into English, German, Hebrew, Italian, French, Spanish, Turkish, and Russian.


-Translates Arabic, Farsi, and Hebrew media

-Publishes policy analysis and special reports


Middle East Policy Council (MEPC)

1730 M Street, NW, Suite 512, Washington, DC 20036-4505

Telephone Number: 202-296-6767

Fax Number: 202-296-5791

E-mail: info@mepc.org

Web Site: www.mepc.org

Year established: 1981

Description: The Middle East Policy Council is a non-profit, educational organization that seeks to expand debate on issues affecting US policy in the Middle East  and educate the public about the Arab world and Islam. This objective is achieved through both programs and publications, principally through Middle East Policy.


-Publishes Middle East Policy (MEP), quarterly journal

-Sponsors Teacher Workshops, a national program of day-long workshops for educators titled “Teaching about the Arab World and Islam”

-Holds Capitol Hill Conference Series, four times a year, public forums for focusing attention of government officials, scholars, and business leaders on Middle East politics and economics.

-Provides online resources such as policy experts (experts on subjects pertaining to the Middle East and Arab world), timely articles, suggested readings (book for the non-specialist), conflict statistics (detailed breakdown of fatalities in the second Intifada)


-Chas. W. Freeman, Jr., President

-Richard Wilson, Director and Director of Development

-Ann Joyce, Vice President and Editor, Middle East Policy


Middle East Policy Group

3405 Rodman Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Telephone Number: 202-363-3495

E-mail: mepgs@aol.com

Year established: 1979

Description: The Middle East Policy Group is a private consulting firm.  It publishes the Middle East Policy Survey, a political report on Washington and the Middle East providing an unbiased view of late-breaking Middle East issues. The publication offers both information and analysis.


-Publishes Middle East Policy Survey, a biweekly report


-Richard Straus, Editor


Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP)

1500 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 119, Washington, DC 20005

Telephone Number: 202-223-3677

Fax Number: 202-223-3604

E-mail: ctoensing@nb.net

Web Site: www.merip.org

Year established: 1971

Description: The mission of the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) is to educate the public about the contemporary Middle East.  MERIP’s special concerns include human rights, social and economic justice, and foreign intervention.  Production of Middle East Report, a quarterly magazine providing lively independent analysis of regional events and US policy, is MERIP’s major project.  Each issue of Middle East Report has a particular topical or country focus.  Gender and political change, democracy, sexuality and power, and the arms race are among the themes of past issues.


-Facilitates contact between the media and Middle East experts

-Offers internships to interested university students

-Produces Middle East Report

-Produces special educational publications

-Maintains an extensive website with articles reprinted from Middle East Report

-Co-publishes Ru’a Mughayra (Alternative Visions) with the Cairo Institute of Human Rights Studies. This publication includes translations into Arabic of articles from Middle East Report

-Publishes books


-Jillian Schwedler, Chair

-Chris Toensing, Executive Director and Editor of the Middle East Report


Minaret of Freedom Institute

4323 Rosedale Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

Telephone Number: 301-907-0947

E-mail: mfi@minaret.org

Web Site: www.minaret.org

Year established: 1993

Description: The dual mission of the Minaret of Freedom Institute is to educate Muslims on the importance of liberty and free markets to a good society, while educating non-Muslims about the beliefs and contributions of Islam and the political realities of conflict between the two cultures.


-Publishes online articles

-Sponsors student essay contests


-Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, President  and Director


Mosaic Foundation

1420 Beverly Road, Suite 240, McLean, VA 22101

Telephone Number: 703-288-4500

Fax Number: 703-288-4501

E-mail: info@mosaicfound.org

Web Site: www.mosaicfound.org

Description: The Mosaic Foundation is a charitable and educational organization founded by the spouses of Arab ambassadors to the United States. The Mosaic Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of women and children, while fostering cultural, educational, and professional dialogues between the peoples of the Arab world and the United States.


-Donates to support outstanding work at the community, national, and international levels on behalf of women, children, and families and to increase understanding of the culture and history of the Arab world in the United States

-Offers grants


-H.R.H. Princess Haifa Al-Faisal, Chair and  President


Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)

529 14th Street, Suite 994, NW, Washington, DC 20045

Telephone Number: 202-879-6726

Fax Number: 202-879-6728

E-mail: sarah@mpac.org

Web Site: www.mpac.org

Year established: 1988

Description: MPAC aims to effect positive change in public opinion and in policy with the purpose of realizing its vision. The scope of the mission includes, but is not limited to, the following: promoting an American Muslim identity, fostering an effective grassroots organization, training a future generation of men and women who share our vision, promoting an accurate portrayal of Islam and Muslims in mass media and popular culture, educating the American public (both Muslim and non-Muslim) about Islam, building alliances with Muslim and non-Muslim groups, and cultivating relationships with opinion and decision makers


-Publishes position papers


-Salam Al-Marayati, Executive Director (Los Angeles)

-Sarah Eltantawi, Communications Director (Washington)


National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)

1707 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-296-2588

Fax Number: 202-331-7792

E-mail: action@ncjwdc.org

Web Site: www.ncjw.org

Year established: 1890

Description: The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a broad-based volunteer organization working with many topics, ranging from women’s issues to foreign policy issues.  NCJW believes that the survival and security of the State of Israel are central to the Jewish people and therefore endorses the United States’ assistance and support for Israel, as well as informational and educational programs in the United States that create a better understanding of Israel and promote exchange between the two countries.


-Monitors legislation concerning a variety of domestic issues and Israel

-Publishes Washington newsletter


-Sammie Moshenberg, Washington Director

-Sandy Garrett, Executive Director


National Council on US-Arab Relations

1140 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1210, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-293-0801

Fax Number: 202-293-0903

E-mail: info@ncusar.org

Web Site: www.ncusar.org

Year established: 1983

Description: The National Council on US-Arab Relations offers programs designed to improve understanding, dialogue, and bonds of friendship between the peoples of the Arab world and the United States.  The council administers 15 educational programs, including study visits, grants, teacher workshops, internships, Model Arab Leagues, and a speakers bureau.


-Sponsors grass-roots educational projects including cross-cultural exchanges, secondary school teacher-training workshops, outreach activities, informational mailings, Model Arab Leagues, and publications

-Offers scholarships and fellowships for seasonal programs in Arab and Islamic studies in Bahrain, Egypt, Israel and the Occupied Territories, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates for university faculty, university students, and high school juniors

-Holds annual US-Mideast Policymakers Conference in Washington, DC, bringing together business, academic, government, and military officials to engage in dialogue over important issues relating to the Middle East

-Offers internship to undergraduate and graduate students, usually for a nine-week period, supplemented by a seminar and lecture series. Interns are placed at the National Council and other Middle East related organizations in the DC area.

-Publishes Annual Review, President’s Report (quarterly) special reports on various countries, occasional papers, and Gulf Cooperation Council reports


-John Duke Anthony, President and CEO


National Democratic Institute for

International Affairs (NDI)

2030 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-728-5500

Fax Number: 202-728-5520

E-mail: contactndi@ndi.org

Web Site: www.ndi.org

Year established: 1984

Description: The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is a non-profit organization working to strengthen and expand democracy worldwide. Calling on a global network of volunteer experts, NDI provides practical assistance to civic and political leaders advancing democratic values, practices, and institutions. NDI works with democrats in every region of the world to build political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and to promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. NDI currently has as part of its Middle East and North Africa Division programs in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen.


-Sponsors programs in new democracies, societies in conflict and non-democratic countries with strong democratic movements. Working in these areas, NDI seeks to consolidate existing democratic institutions and nurture peaceful transitions to democracy.

-Publishes reports on political development in new democracies


-Kenneth Wollack, President

-Les Campbell, Senior Associate and Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa


National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

1101 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

Telephone Number: 202-293-9072

Fax Number: 202-223-6042

E-mail: jane@ned.org

Web Site: www.ned.org

Year established: 1983

Description: The National Endowment for Democracy is a private, non-profit organization created in 1983 to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through non-governmental efforts. The Endowment is governed by an independent, non-partisan board of directors. With its annual congressional appropriation, it makes hundreds of grants each year to support pro-democracy groups in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union.


-holds lectures

-Publishes annual report, democracy newsletter and Journal of Democracy


-Carl Gershman, President


National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC)

1625 K Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20006

Telephone Number: 202-887-0278

Fax Number: 202-452-8160

E-mail: nftcinformation@nftc.org

Year established: 1914

Description: The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) is the premier business organization advocating a rules-based world economy. Founded in 1914 by a group of American companies that supported an open world trading system, the NFTC and its affiliates now serve more than 300 member companies through offices in Washington and New York.


-Holds seminars

-Holds various committees and rountables to keep members current and to provide forums to share experiences and knowledge on a specific subject, including trade, international tax, export and project finance, global compensation, international benefits, expatriate management, global mobility, global human resources, Asia Pacific/China human resources, and Latin America human resources.


William A. Reinsch, President


National Gulf War Resource Center

8605 Cameron Street, Suite 400, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Telephone Number: 800-882-1316

E-mail: hq@ngwrc.org

Web Site: www.ngwrc.org

Year established: 1995

Description: The National Gulf War Resource Center (NGWRC) seeks to help veterans of recent and current wars and operations. It is an international coalition of advocates and organizations providing information, support and referrals for all those affected by the complexities of current and recent combat operations (1990 to current). NGWRC is focused on providing information about the following:

• Gulf War Illness

• Other toxin-induced illnesses

• Traumatic Brain Injury

• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


-Publishes newsletter

-Conducts research on Gulf War veterans and their families


National Peace Foundation

666 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Telephone Number: 202-783-7030

Fax Number: 202-783-7040

E-mail: npf@nationalpeace.org

Web Site: www.nationalpeace.org

Year established: 1982

Description: The National Peace Foundation seeks to advance conflict resolution and peace education, support the continued development of the United States Institute of Peace, and create effective working relationships among individuals, organizations, and educational institutions interested in conflict resolution and peacemaking.


-Facilitates training in conflict resolution and shared decision making

-Publishes Peace Reporter (quarterly) and other publications


-Landis Jones, Executive Director


National Security Archive

2130 H Street, NW, Suite 701, Washington, DC 20037

Telephone Number: 202-994-7000

Fax Number: 202-994-7005

E-mail: nsarchiv@gwu.edu

Web Site: www.nsarchive.org

Year established: 1985

Description: The National Security Archive is a non-governmental, non-profit institution that is simultaneously a research institute on international affairs, a library and archive of declassified US documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a public-interest law firm defending and expanding public access to government information through the FOIA, and an indexer and publisher of US documents in books, microfiche, and electronic formats.  The archive is designed to apply the latest in computerized indexing technology to the massive amount of materials already released by the US Government on international affairs, make them accessible to researchers and the public, including through the Internet, and go beyond that base to build comprehensive collections of documents on specific topics of greatest interest to scholars and the public.


-Fulfills public requests for documents and information

-Houses reading room open to the public

-Produces publications such as The Iran-Contra Scandal: The Declassified History, a series of documents published especially for the classroom and general public

-Holds series of large microform collections of documents on US foreign policy, including Iran: The Making of US Policy, 1977-1980, Afghanistan: The Making of US Policy, 1973-1990, Iraqgate: Saddam Hussein, US Policy and the Prelude to the Persian Gulf War, 1980-1994

-Publishes briefing books of selected documents available on the Internet


-Thomas S. Blanton, Director


National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce

1023 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

Telephone Number: 202-289-5920

Fax Number: 202-289-5938

E-mail: nusacc@aol.com

Web Site: www.nusacc.org

Year established: 1997

Description: The National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to strengthening business and trade relations between the United States and the Arab world.  Its goals are to foster economic opportunities and a cultural understanding between the American and Arab business communities. Membership in the chamber is open to all companies, especially those seeking to establish business interests with Arab countries as well as Arab companies with business interests in the United States.


-Certifies commercial, shipping, and related documents

-Maintains government relations with US and Arab governments and agencies in the United States and overseas to develop, monitor, and recommend legislation affecting US-Arab trade

-Holds programs including trade delegations, briefings, seminars, conferences, and training sessions

-Researches and gathers information on commercial opportunities, export regulations, and conditions affecting the trade and investment climate

-Provides cultural and other relevant information

-PublishesTrade Line (weekly), position papers, How to Do Business in the Arab World, directories, handbooks, and other business-related publications


-Marjorie Adams, President

-Mazhar M. Samman, Executive Vice President


Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA), National Defense University

Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC 20319

Telephone Number: 202-685-4131

Fax Number: 202-685-4997

E-mail: nesa-center@ndu.edu

Web Site: www.ndu.edu/nesa

Year established: 2000

Description: The mission of the NESA Center at the National Defense University is to enhance stability in the Near East and in South Asia by providing an academic environment where strategic issues can be addressed, understanding deepened, partnerships fostered, defense-related decision-making improved, and cooperation strengthened among military and civilian leaders from the region and the United States. NESA Center is funded by the Department of Defense.


-Holds executive seminars, regional or sub-regional conferences in Washington or the region.

-Publishes newsletter and occasional papers


-John Sigler, Acting Director

-Joseph McMillan, Academic Chair


New Israel Fund

1101 14th Street, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20005-5639

Telephone Number: 202-842-0900

Fax Number: 202-842-0991

E-mail: info@nif.org

Web Site: www.nif.org

Year established: 1979

Description: The New Israel Fund (NIF) works to strengthen Israel’s democracy, and to promote freedom, justice and equality for all Israeli citizens. These principles are guaranteed in Israel’s Declaration of Independence and a central element of Jewish tradition. A philanthropic partnership of Israelis, North Americans, and Europeans, NIF has led the development of Israel’s vibrant public interest sector, providing financial and technical support to hundreds of national and community-based organizations. Today, NIF’s focus is on fighting for civil and human rights, promoting tolerance and pluralism and closing economic and social gaps in Israeli society.


-Provides information, resource materials, and speakers on social issues confronting Israel

-Offers study tours to Israel

-Publishes annual reports, bi-weekly e-mail update


-Peter Edelman, President


The Nixon Center

1615 L Street, NW, Suite 1250, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-887-1000

Fax Number: 202-887-5222

E-mail: mail@nixoncenter.org

Web Site: www.nixoncenter.org

Year established: 1994

Description: While genuinely non-partisan, the Center has a philosophy of an enlightened pursuit of national interest.  The specific goal of the Center is to explore ways of enhancing American security and prosperity while taking into account the legitimate perspectives of other nations.  With the end of the Cold War, the US found itself without a clear-cut foreign policy direction.  It is the Center’s objective to work on developing new guiding principles for United States global leadership in a dramatically new international environment, combining hardheaded pragmatism and fundamental American values.


-Publishes articles and monographs, program briefs, online weekly at www.inthenationalinterest.com


-Dimitri K. Simes, President


Pakistan Association of the Greater

Washington Metropolitan Area, Inc.

PO Box 8466, Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8466

Telephone Number: 301-570-8925

Fax Number: 301-414-8050

E-mail: pakistan_association@yahoo.com

Web Site: www.geocities.com/pakistan_association

Description: The Pakistan Association is unaffiliated with any government or political party, operates as a non-profit organization, and aims to: promote goodwill, understanding, and fellowship among Pakistani-Americans and community at large; organize national, cultural, and social events to promote art, music, literature, and other cultural aspects of Pakistani life; organize trade shows, food festivals and antique shows and create a network to locate business opportunities for community members; educate the community on political, social, and economic issues and raise awareness of their rights and responsibilities; and coordinate efforts to represent the Pakistani community’s perspective on various issues.


-Organizes Eid celebrations, chand raat, meena bazar, Pakistan Day picnic, national celebrations, musical events, educational seminars, community forums, spring dinner for young professionals, exhibitions.

-Holds women’s empowerment activities

-Publishes newsletter


-Lubna Ejaz, President


Palestine Center

2435 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037

Telephone Number: 202-338-1290

Fax Number: 202-333-7742

E-mail: info@palestinecenter.org

Web Site: www.palestinecenter.org

Year established: 1991

Description: The Palestine Center is an educational program of the Jerusalem Fund, a Washington-based non-profit organization. The Center is dedicated to the study and analysis of the relationship between the United States and the Middle East, with particular emphasis on the Palestine problem and the Arab-Israeli conflict. The Center seeks to bring into focus the implications of specific US policies with regard to the Palestine question and to provide a much-needed Palestinian/Arab perspective that will address the political, academic, and media establishments in the Arab world. In pursuing its goals, the Center sponsors forums and seminars to address these issues and publishes the proceedings. In addition, the Center commissions independent studies.


-Hosts conferences, symposia, and panel discussions

-Publishes special reports and a newsletter six times per year

-Provides educational documents for members of Congress, academics, researchers, students, and the media

-Publishes special reports, opinion pieces for the record, information briefs, and policy briefs


-Hisham Sharabi, Chairman


Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence and Palestinian Center for Democracy and Elections

PO Box 39127, Friendship Station, NW, Washington, DC 20016

Telephone Number: 202-244-0951

Fax Number: 202-244-6396

E-mail: peace@palestinian.net

Year established: 1983

Description: The goal of the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence is to provide education and training for a non-violent solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Elections promotes electoral democracy.


-Michael Beer, Director


Partners for Peace

1250 4th Street, SW, Suite WG-1, Washington, DC 20024

Telephone Number: 202-863-2951

Fax Number: 202-863-2952

E-mail: info@partnersforpeace.org

Web Site: www.partnersforpeace.org

Year established: 1986

Description: Formerly the American Alliance for Palestinian Human Rights, established in 1986 and merged in 1991, Partners for Peace provides a public platform for the voices of Israeli and Palestinian women working for a peaceful and just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


-Sponsors a series of tours of the United States by three women from Israel and Palestine called, “Jerusalem Women Speak: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision”

-Provides professional training workshops in media relations for activists across the country

-Collaborates with and/or facilitates projects undertaken by other organizations by providing them with media and public relations expertise.

-Advocates for human rights in Israel and Palestine.

-Publishes a directory of Middle East organizations working at least in part on Israeli-Palestinian issues.

-Monitors the media, places editorials in publications, and promotes news stories related to its human rights work.


-Michael Brown, Executive Director

-Jerri Bird, President


The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced

International Studies (SAIS)

1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-663-5600

Fax Number: 202-663-5727

E-mail: mjring@jhu.edu

Web Site: sais-jhu.edu

Year established: 1944

Description: The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of The Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC, is one of the nation’s leading graduate schools devoted to the study of international relations. The school is neither a vocational, purely scientific, nor a liberal arts school dedicated to the pursuit of learning for learning’s sake. At SAIS, the wisdom of universities, business, and labor merge with the knowledge and expertise of those currently engaged in government, foreign affairs, and international economic practice. The school’s Middle East Studies Program is the country’s first graduate program on modern Middle East.


-Publishes SAIS Reports, newsletter (bi-monthly) highlighting new faculty, research institutes, academic programs, student and alumni accomplishments as well as major events at the school

-Publishes the SAIS Policy forum Series and SAIS Working Papers Series, making available to scholars and the general public occasional monographs dealing with international political, economic, and security issues

-Publishes SAIS Review, written by students, dedicated to advancing the debate on leading contemporary issues of world affairs


-Fouad Ajami, Director of Middle East Studies Program


Project Interchange

1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 1201, Washington, DC 20005

Telephone Number: 202-833-0025

Fax Number: 202-331-7702

E-mail: pi@ajc.org

Web Site: www.projectinterchange.org

Year established: 1982

Description: Project Interchange is the only national organization solely dedicated to providing educational seminars in Israel for America’s policy and opinion makers. Over 3,500 American leaders have participated in Project Interchange’s intensive seminar in Israel.


-Organizes 15 seminars each year in Israel

-Organizes national and local follow-up programs in the United States


-Carol Stern, Executive Director



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