Middle East Organizations in Washington D.C.(5)

The RAND Corporation

1200 South Hayes Street, Arlington, VA 22203

Telephone Number: 703-413-1100

Fax Number: 703-413-8111

E-mail: correspondence@rand.org

Web Site: www.RAND.org

Year established: 1948

Description: RAND is a non-profit institution that seeks to improve public policy through research and analysis. RAND conducts research on a wide variety of topics in national and international security and domestic and international policy. RAND also manages four federally funded research and development centers. Project AIR FORCE (sponsored by the Air Force), the National Defense Research Institute (sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff), the Arroyo Center (sponsored by the Army), and the Critical Technologies Institute (sponsored by the Office of Science and Technology Policy). In 1994 RAND established the Greater Middle East Studies Center, now called the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy (CMEPP). The center’s mission is to create integrated multidisciplinary studies of the underlying socioeconomic, humanitarian, and political issues in the Middle East.


-Hosts conferences in Washington, Santa Monica, and abroad

-Publishes books, reports, professional papers, monographs, electronic archives, and documented briefings


-Bruce Hoffman, Director, Washington Office

-James A. Thomson, President and Chief Executive Officer


Refugees International (RI)

1705 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-828-0110

Fax Number: 202-828-0819

E-mail: ri@refintl.org

Web Site: www.refugeesinternational.org

Year established: 1979

Description: Founded in 1979, RI generates lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people around the world and works to end the conditions that create displacement. RI’s timely and effective communication of the plight of victims in humanitarian emergencies has earned RI an international reputation and has led to the amelioration of human suffering. RI monitors humanitarian and human rights crises worldwide, analyzes these crises, and then presents practical, action-oriented solutions that benefit refugees and other displaced people to governments, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the media.


-Presents its views on humanitarian issues to senior officials of the Administration in the US. Major media outlets regularly turn to RI for views and commentary on humanitarian issues.

-Takes a right-based approach based on the framework provided by the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol, and the 1999 Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. The characteristics of RI are independence, flexibility, and the cutting-edge quality of its advocacy.

-Publishes annual reports, bulletins, and newsletters


-Kenneth H. Bacon, President

-Joel Charny, Vice President


Rene Moawad Foundation

1625 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20007

Telephone Number: 202-338-3535

Fax Number: 202-338-3534

E-mail: rmf@dc.net

Web Site: www.rmf.org.lb

Year established: 1993

Description: The René Moawad Foundation is a non-profit US organization dedicated to the improvement of the quality of life of the Lebanese individual and to building a brighter future for the children of Lebanon. Its ultimate objective is the emergence of a cohesive and healthy society within a peaceful and prosperous Lebanon. The goals of the foundation are achieved through its humanitarian assistance programs and its educational and socioeconomic development projects. It promotes the social well-being and economic independence of the Lebanese people by ministering to their basic needs for health care and social services, while providing them with tools for educational and economic development.


-Creates medical, social welfare, and drug rehabilitation centers, distributes medicine and medical supplies to under-equipped medical centers, and provides mobile dispensaries to regions with no access to medical facilities, a community clinic in Northern Lebanon

-Provides adult literacy and education programs, education for working children; provides technical and vocational training; holds civic education conferences and seminars, establishes cultural centers

-Performs feasibility studies for agricultural projects; modernizes irrigation systems, trains agricultural manpower; builds agricultural cooperation and helps market agricultural products, supports development of local handicrafts and small industries

-Established Agricultural Center of the North (ACN)

-Holds conferences and workshops on issues advocating human rights, democracy, liberal values and governance and public legislative forum for research and debate on draft-laws.


-Nadia Abourizk Asad, Executive Director, USA

-Edward D. Soma, President


Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC)

50 F Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20001

Telephone Number: 202-638-6688

Fax Number: 202-638-6694

E-mail: rjc@rjchq.org

Web Site: www.rjchq.org

Year established: 1985

Description: The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), formerly known as the National Jewish Coalition (NJC), was founded to foster and enhance ties between the American Jewish community and the Republican Party. The organization’s goals are to sensitize Republican decision makers in Washington to the concerns of the Jewish community and generally to encourage Jewish participation in Republican politics. The RJC does this by building strong relationships with Republicans on Capitol Hill and with administration officials and by publishing information about Republican policies and officials for the benefit of its members. Among the policy issues on which the RJC focuses attention are the US-Israeli relationship, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the Middle East peace process.


-Holds seminars and luncheons

-Sponsors campus representatives

-Offers internships

-Publishes RJC Bulletin (bi-monthly)


-Matthew Brooks, Executive Director


The Saban Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-797-6462

Fax Number: 202-797-2481

E-mail: SabanCenter@brookings.edu

Web Site: www.brookings.edu/SabanCenter

Year established: 2002

Description: Rapidly becoming one of the most dynamic centers of research and analysis of US policy in the Middle East, the Saban Center reflects the Brookings Institution’s commitment to expand dramatically its research and analysis of Middle East policy issues at a time when the region has come to dominate the US foreign policy agenda. The Saban Center’s purpose is to provide Washington policymakers with balanced, objective, in-depth and timely research and policy analysis from experienced and knowledgeable people who can bring fresh perspectives to bear on the crucial problems of the Middle East. The Center upholds the Brookings tradition of being open to a broad range of views. Its central objective is to advance understanding of developments in the Middle East through policy-relevant scholarship and debate. The Saban Center is undertaking original research in six areas: the implications of regime change in Iraq, including post-war nation-building and Gulf security; the dynamics of the Iranian reformation; mechanisms and requirements for fulfilling a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; policy for Phase III of the war on terror, including the Syrian challenge; and political change in the Arab world. The Center also houses the ongoing Brookings Project on US Policy Towards the Islamic World.


-Houses Middle East Studies Division of the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution

-Examines US relationships with the Middle East and MuslimWorld

-Holds conferences, research, and publications that deal with Iraq, Iran, Syria, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

-Houses a library with 75,000 total volumes and 700 total periodicals, some of which covers the Middle East. The focus of its collection covers economics, foreign policy, and government. For visits, please call.


-Martin Indyk, Director

-Kenneth Pollack, Director of Research


Salam Sudan Foundation

1615 L Street, NW, Suite 340, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-829-2055

Fax Number: 202-829-2055

E-mail: salamsudan@aol.com

Web Site: www.salamsudan.org

Description: Salam Sudan Foundation is an international non-profit organization advocating a universal culture of justice, peace, democracy, and human rights for decades and believes in its importance and urgency now more than ever.


-Holds seminars, conferences, and workshops

-Sponsors public education activities and materials (public speaking and media interviews)

-Conducts research/consulting in international, cross cultural, and inter-faith relations


-Hashim El-Tinay, President

-Amna Farah, Projects Manager


Search for Common Ground in the Middle East

1601 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20009

Telephone Number: 202-265-4300

Fax Number: 202-232-6718

E-mail: search@sfcg.org

Web Site: www.sfcg.org

Year established: 1982

Description: Search for Common Ground is an independent, non-governmental organization that seeks to transform the way the world deals with conflict: away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. Search for Common Ground in the Middle East (SCGME) is a multi-track program seeking to build a comprehensive process to contribute to regional peace, cooperation, and security in the Middle East. The program provides mechanisms for people in the Middle East to focus on common problems and work together toward common goals. SCGME’s principal focus is the promotion of non-violent action in the search for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, including working with Palestinian NGOs, production and exhibiting of programming on Israeli and Palestinian radio and television, and public opinion polling of popular support for non-violent action. On a regional level, SCGME convenes Arab and Israeli experts to develop joint strategies for responding to consequences of chemical and biological warfare. The program is headquartered in Jerusalem.


-Holds private conferences

-Houses internship program

-Maintains database of organizations

-Publishes Bulletin of Regional Cooperation in the Middle East (quarterly)


-John Marks, President and CEO


Seeds of Peace

1054 31st Street, NW, Suite 320, Washington, DC 20007

Telephone Number: 202-337-5530

Fax Number: 202-337-5646

E-mail: info@seedsofpeace.org

Web Site: www.seedsofpeace.org

Description: Seeds of Peace is a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to preparing teenagers from areas of conflict with the leadership skills required to promote coexistence and peacemaking. While the organization focuses primarily on the Middle East, its programs have expanded to include other regions of conflict. As of 2003, participants come from the Middle East, South Asia, the Balkans, and Cyprus. The entry point for the Seeds of Peace program is its international camp in Maine. Working with experienced facilitators and staff, teenagers participate in a wide variety of coexistence, educational, and recreational activities designed to create mutual understanding and respect. Follow-up programming is conducted year round in the US and abroad. Through the Seeds of Peace Center for Coexistence in Jerusalem, educational conferences, coexistence sessions, and reunions, the graduates are able to participate in a network of activities which strengthen and broaden the initial experiences at camp. Contact is also maintained through an alumni published newspaper, The Olive Branch, and through a daily list serve, SeedsNet.


-Hosts international camp

-Tracks its participants from the age of 14 through their early 20s. Over 100 graduates are now enrolled in universities and colleges throughout the US

-Hosts parallel program year round for the delegation leaders, the adult educators who accompany the young people to camp


-Aaron David Miller, President


Sister Cities International

1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20004

Telephone Number: 202-347-8630

Fax Number: 202-393-6524

E-mail: info@sister-cities.org

Web Site: www.sister-cities.org

Year established: 1956

Description: Sister Cities International (SCI) is a citizen diplomacy network creating and strengthening partnerships between US and international communities to increase global cooperation at a local level. SCI works to promote cultural understanding, social development, and economic growth and, as an international membership organization, officially certifies links between US communities and those abroad to ensure their sustained commitment and success in the mission of promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation – one individual, one community, one at a time. The SCI network represents more than 750 US communities, partnered with over 1,450 international communities in 122 countries, including US partnerships with Tehran, Jericho, and Jerusalem in the region.


-Sponsors Sustainable Development Network, Open World Leadership Program, Emergency Preparedness Programs

-Hosts annual conference

-Offers Numerous grant programs in areas such as education, community problem solving youth, HIV/AIDs, humanitarian assistance, and practical training

-Publishes newsletter (bi-monthly)


-Glenn Gray, President

-Tim Honey, Executive Director

-Rick Ferrer, Publications Director and Web Manager


The Smithsonian Institution-Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Smithsonian Institution, PO Box 37012, MRC 707, Washington, DC 20013-7012

Telephone Number: 202-633-4880

Fax Number: 202-357-4911

E-mail: asiainfo@asia.si.edu

Web Site: www.asia.si.edu

Year established: 1923

Description: The Freer Gallery of Art houses an Asian art collection that is among the world’s finest. The Smithsonian’s first art museum, the Freer, also holds a group of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American works donated by Charles Lang Freer. Among the Freer collection, which spans some 5,000 years-from the third millennium BC to the early twentieth century-are South Asian paintings, manuscripts, and sculpture; Iranian ceramics, manuscripts, metalwork, paintings, and sculpture; Iraqi manuscripts and ceramics; and Turkish manuscripts, ceramics, metalwork, and sculpture. The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery is a national museum of Asian art. Year round, it presents exhibitions drawn from its growing permanent collection and other institutions in the United States and around the world. Its collection of objects dates from the fourth millennium BC to the late twentieth century and includes Near Eastern works in silver, gold, bronze, ceramic, stone, and bronze sculpture from South and Southeast Asia, and a major collection of Islamic paintings and manuscripts from Iran and Mughal India.


-Houses a library containing some 65,000 volumes and more than 200 periodicals on Asian art; member of the Research Libraries Information Network database, which provides access to the collections of most of the major art and East Asian libraries in the United States; Freer facility for the study of photographs and slides, the latter being available for loan

-Archives, under the administration of the library, include the Herzfeld Papers documenting early Near Eastern architecture; the Myron Bement Smith Collection offering an extensive visual documentation of Islamic art, architecture, and culture; the Vever collection of eleventh- to nineteenth-century Indian and Persian arts of the book, such as paintings, bookbindings, and works in calligraphy

-Holds public education programs and workshops for teachers and students

-Sponsors free public programs, including music, dance, films, lectures, and symposia on topics related to the collections

-Promotes scholarship and original research by the curatorial staff and sponsors research projects undertaken by allied scholars

-Publishes free quarterly calendar listing exhibitions and events

-Houses the Freer/Sackler Gallery Library, which holds 68,000 total volumes and slide images, some of which cover Middle Eastern art and archaeology. For visits, please call.


-Julian Raby, Director


Society for International Development, Washington Chapter-Middle East Roundtable (SIDW)

1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 720, Washington, DC 20009-5728

Telephone Number: 202-884-8590

Fax Number: 202-884-8499

E-mail: sid@aed.org

Web Site: www.sidw.org

Year established: 1957

Description: The purpose of the Middle East Roundtable is to establish an educational forum for communicating information and knowledge, and exchanging ideas and experience among individuals to raise awareness of the importance of development in creating an environment more conducive for progress. To achieve its mission, the Middle East Roundtable features speakers who address specific issues related to social, economic, and political development.


-Holds annual conference and annual dinner

-Publishes Development Connections, a quarterly newsletter


-Jack Downey, President

-Alina Zyszkowski, Executive Director


Sudan-American Foundation For Education, Inc. (SAFE)

4141 N. Henderson Road, Suite 1205, Arlington, VA 22203

Telephone Number: 703-525-9045

Fax Number: 703-351-0782

E-mail: burchinal@erols.com

Web Site: www.sudan.com/safe

Year established: 1985

Description: The Sudan-American Foundation For Education, Inc. (SAFE) seeks to improve educational opportunities for children and youth in the Sudan. SAFE does this by delivering donated books, equipment, and other educational materials needed by schools, colleges, universities, and libraries in Sudan.


-Donates books journals, and educational equipment and supplies to people in Sudan


-Ismail Abdalla, President

-Lee G. Burchinal, Executive Director


Sudan Care Foundation, Inc.

PO Box 1823, West Bethesda, MD 20827

Telephone Number: 301-987-5670

Fax Number: 301-897-8316

E-mail: webmaster@sudancare.org

Web Site: www.sudancare.org

Description: Sudan Care Foundation, Inc. is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, specifically: to relieve poverty and distress by the provision of emergency humanitarian assistance to displaced persons in Sudan and its neighboring countries; to support community-based economic and social initiatives to develop and strengthen civil society in Sudan; to promote for women and children, equal opportunities in community programs and initiatives; to foster in Sudan the values of democracy and respect for human rights; to educate individuals and organizations around the world about civil society and humanitarian issues in Sudan and; to promote programs to educate indigent and displaced Sudanese.


-Provides emergency humanitarian assistance to displaced Sudanese

-Promotes opportunities in programs for women, children, and the elderly


Tangier-American Legation Museum Society

c/o SAIS Johns Hopkins, 1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-663-5676

Fax Number: 202-663-5683

E-mail: talm@wanadoo.net.ma

Web Site: www.maroc.net/legation

Year established: 1976

Description: The Tangier-American Legation Museum Society maintains the American legation — the former chancery and residence of American ministers in Tangier, Morocco — as a historic landmark of the United States. It operates the museum, which is also a research conference center, an educational center, a research library containing some 5,000 volumes and historical documents related to US-Moroccan history and relations, and an English-language library for local students. It also serves as a Moroccan-American friendship society, particularly in the Washington area, having periodic lectures and other cultural events. The society is associated with the American Institute for Maghrib Studies.


-Sponsors lectures and exhibits

-Conducts research report sessions at the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association

-Houses a research library on North Africa, especially Morocco and US-Moroccan relations and literature

-Hosts researchers in history and social sciences and research conferences (with research results published in scholarly journals or separate publications).


-Thor Kuniholm, Resident Director

-I. William Zartman, President


The Textile Museum

2320 S Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008-4088

Telephone Number: 202-667-0441

Fax Number: 202-483-0994

E-mail: info@textilemuseum.org

Web Site: www.textilemuseum.org

Year established: 1925

Description: The Textile Museum features textile arts from antiquity to the present. The museum’s collections are non-Western in focus, with special emphasis on Islamic, Southeast Asian, and pre-Columbian Latin American textiles. Six to eight changing exhibitions each year highlight these collections, as well as textile traditions not represented in the collections. The museum’s Textile Learning Center provides visitors an opportunity to learn about the textile arts through hands-on activities.


-Holds lectures, seminars, workshops, and other educational programs

-Houses museum bookstore and shop

-Publishes Textile Museum Bulletin (quarterly), Textile Museum Journal (annually)


-Ursula McCracken, Director


Tomorrow’s Youth Organization

6862 Elm Street, Suite 720, McClean, VA 22101

Telephone Number: 703-879-8833

Email: info@tomorrowsyouth.org

Website: www.tomorrowsyouth.org

Year established: 2007

Description: Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that works in disadvantaged areas of the Middle East, working to help children, youth, and parents to realize their potential as active and responsible family and community members. Through a number of local programs, TYO offers high-quality early childhood programs that enhance children’s social, intellectual, and physical development. The organization believes that such programs contribute to healthy families and ultimately to productive, healthy, and peaceful communities. TYO’s operations are currently concentrated in three refugee camps and other at-risk neighborhoods in Nablus.


-Core Child Program offers non-formal classes in art, English, Health, IT, music and Sports for children ages 4-8.

-Offers a range of community involvement programs.

-Publishes bilingual quarterly newsletter in English and Arabic.

-Offers internships to interested American students.


-Shauna Johnston, Director of Operations


United Association for Studies and Research (UASR)

5524 Hempstead Way, North Springfield, VA 22151

Telephone Number: 703-750-9011

Fax Number: 703-750-9010

E-mail: uasr@aol.com

Web Site: www.uasr.org

Year established: 1989

Description: The United Association for Studies and Research, Inc. (UASR) was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1989 by a number of scholars, journalists, and businessmen to examine the causes of conflict in the Middle East and North Africa, the political trends that shape the indigenous populations’ future, and the relationship of these areas to technologically advanced nations. UASR was formed to satisfy a broad agenda that includes the study of on-going issues in the Middle East, such as the Arab-Israeli conflict. In addition, UASR’s founders envisioned an organization that would promote greater dialogue and understanding among ideologically disparate groups in the Arab and Islamic worlds. UASR includes in its goals the promotion of constructive debate among observers of the region. UASR’s work is also geared towards building bridges between the Western and Muslim worlds. The mutual misunderstanding among the people of these civilizations is counterproductive. UASR aims to clarify perspectives on all sides of the ideological spectrum.


-Holds roundtable discussions on such topics as Islam and the West, Islamic movements, human rights, democracy, development, etc.

-Publishes Middle East Affairs Journal (quarterly), books, occasional papers, policy papers


-Ahmad Yousef, Executive Director and Editor of Middle East Affairs Journal


United Palestinian Appeal, Inc. (UPA)

1330 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Suite 104, Washington, DC 20037

Telephone Number: 202-659-5007

Fax Number: 202-296-0224

E-mail: contact@helpupa.com

Web Site: www.helpUPA.com

Year established: 1978

Description: United Palestinian Appeal (UPA) is a non-political, non-profit, unaffiliated, and tax-exempt charity. With a humanitarian mission, UPA helps Palestinians mainly in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the areas of health care, welfare, education, community development, children’s services and other programs promoting skill development, job creation, and a civil society. UPA is a participating agency of the Combined Federal Campaign and a member of the Independent Charities of America, and is recognized by the US Agency for International Development as a private and voluntary organization.


-Provides funds to support development projects that help urban and rural communities and benefit the largest number of people

-Donates a significant share of resources to the critical and acute health care needs of Palestinians and to health institutions

-Provides partial scholarships for needy and qualified Palestinian students at home and funds projects to improve and modernize Palestinian education and schools

-Funds programs caring for sick and handicapped children and matches sponsors with needy children in the Palestinian territories and refugee camps, who then receive monthly allowances

-Publishes annual report


-Haidar Abdel Shafi, Chairman


United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce

1212 Potomac Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007

Telephone Number: 202-333-8702

Fax Number: 202-333-8703

E-mail: chamber@usacc.org

Web Site: www.usacc.org

Year established: 1995

Description: The USACC is an independent non-profit American organization whose purpose is to improve and broaden business cooperation, understanding, dialogue and the bonds of friendship between the American people and the people of Azerbaijan.


-Houses Azerbaijan Trade and Cultural Center

-Publishes Investment Guide to Azerbaijan (annual)

-Holds Annual Conference


-Seymour Khalilov, Executive Director


United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)

800 North Capitol Street, Suite 790, Washington, DC 20002

Telephone Number: 202-523-3240

Fax Number: 202-523-5020

E-mail: communications@uscirf.gov

Web Site: www.uscirf.gov

Year established: 1998

Description: The US Commission on International Religious Freedom is a federal government commission headquartered in Washington, DC. The Commission was created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-292) to monitor religious freedom in other countries and advise the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress on how best to promote it.


-Publishes Country Reports


-Michael K. Young, Chair


United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Office of International Justice and Peace

3211 4th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017

Telephone Number: 202-541-3199

Fax Number: 202-541-3339

Web Site: www.usccb.org/sdwp

Year established: 1922

Description: The United States Catholic Conference is the public policy agency of the American Catholic Bishops.


-Monitors US policy toward the Middle East

-Serves as liaison with the Catholic Church in the Middle East

-Issues occasional statements and publications regarding the Middle East


-Gerard Powers, Director


United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

1200 17th Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036-3011

Telephone Number: 202-457-1700

Fax Number: 202-429-6063

E-mail: usip_requests@usip.org

Web Site: www.usip.org

Year established: 1984

Description: The United States Institute of Peace was created by an act of Congress to promote education and training, research, and public information programs on the peaceful resolution of international conflict.  The Institute’s special Middle East program augments existing programs and directs special projects on issues affecting peace and stability in the Middle East, South Asia, and Central Asia.  Study groups feed ideas informally to the Executive Branch of the US Government and Congress on regional arms control, Arab-Israeli peacemaking, bilateral and multilateral security arrangements, and the role of the United Nations.  These and other topics are also special foci of the grant and fellowship programs.


-Provides fellowships through the Jennings Randolph program to enable outstanding scholars, professionals, and doctoral students to carry out original research and education projects that focus on international conflict resolution

-Offers financial support for research, education, training, and information dissemination through unsolicited and solicited grants

-Sponsors the National Peace Essay contest for high school students, summer seminars for high school and college faculty, and conflict resolution training programs

-Holds lectures, conferences, and workshops

-Publishes Peace Watch, newsletter, Peace Reports, Special Reports

-Houses the Jeannette Rankin Library Program which holds more than 11,000 books and journals on international conflict resolution and mediation. For visits, please call


-Chester Crocker, Chairman

-Richard Solomon, President

-Harriet Hentges, Executive Vice President


US-Algeria Business Council (US-ABC)

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 270, Washington, DC  20004

Telephone Number: 202-289-2022

Fax Number: 202-289-2625

E-mail: dickholmes@us-algeria.org

Web Site: www.us-algeria.org

Year established: 2002

Description: The United States Algeria Business Council is the result of an Algerian and American business initiative. The Council founders recognize the impetus of Algeria towards a market economy and its desire to integrate into the global economy and to generate broad new business opportunities. Algerian business leaders view membership in the Council as an opportunity to attract American investment and the transfer of American technologies and business skills to Algeria as well as an opportunity to promote Algerian exports beyond oil and gas. American business leaders view Algeria’s market opening, human and economic resources as providing them with a new market with long-run business opportunities including privileged access for Algeria-based American manufacturers to European markets through Algeria’s EU Association Agreement.


– Richard Holmes, President and CEO


US Committee for Refugees (USCR)

1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-347-3507

Fax Number: 202-347-3418

E-mail: uscr@irsa-uscr.org

Web Site: www.refugees.org

Year established: 1958

Description: The US Committee for Refugees defends the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, and displaced persons worldwide.  USCR documents and reports on the conditions faced by refugees, asylum seekers, and displaced persons, regardless of their nationality, race, religion, ideology, or social group.


-Publishes World Refugee Survey (annually), Refugee Reports (monthly), and occasional issue papers


-Lavinia Limon, Executive Director

-Hiram Ruiz, Director of Communications


US Copts Association

529 14th Street, NW, Suite 1081, Washington, DC 20045

Telephone Number: 202-737-3660

Fax Number: 202-737-3661

E-mail: copts@copts.com

Web Site: www.copts.com

Year established: 1996

Description: US Copts Association is dedicated to raising awareness regarding the plight of the Copts within Egypt and educating the Coptic community both in Egypt and abroad on issues of human rights, democracy, and religious freedom.


-Monitors news related to Copts in Egypt

-Publishes Coptic Daily Digest


-Michael Meunier, President


US-GCC Corporate Cooperation Committee

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

Telephone Number: 202-293-7499

Fax Number: 202-293-0903

Year established: 1990

Description: The US-GCC Corporate Cooperation Committee comprises a growing number of major American multinational corporations.  The committee’s objectives are to promote US-GCC trade, investment, and commercial partnerships, and to raise American awareness of the innumerable benefits to the United States from increased relations with the GCC.  The committee has continuously sought to improve understanding and knowledge of the GCC in the United States at the leadership level.


-Hosts briefings with industry leaders and US Government officials

-Coordinates corporate visits to the GCC member states

-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

-Houses a library

-Publishes Weekly Gulf Wire newsletter highlighting the most up-to-date political, economic, and legislative news within the six GCC states, industry specific economic reports, and occasional papers


-John Duke Anthony, Secretary


US-Iraq Business Council

1215 17th Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036

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Telephone Number: 202-452-8561

Fax Number: 202-452-1028

E-mail: cetinkayae@usiraqbc.com

Web Site: www.usiraqbc.com

Year established: 2002

Description: Approved and authorized by the US Treasury Department for its activities in October 2002, the Council’s mission is to boost the private sector, enhance the welfare of the Iraqi people, the growth of the democratic process in Iraq, and the integration of a democratic Iraq into the world’s economy. The Council’s focus is the encouragement of efforts for the reconstruction of Iraq, and assistance for private investments by various business sectors into Iraq — America’s new trade partner.


-Emine Cetinkaya, Director


US-Kazakhstan Business Association (USKBA)

1200 G Street, NW, Suite 827, Washington, DC 20005

Telephone Number: 202-434-8791

Fax Number: 202-638-3040

E-mail: ExDir@uskba.net

Web Site: www.uskba.net

Year established: 1999

Description: The USKBA’s focus is primarily on business initiatives and its main objectives are to: maintain an ongoing liaison with Kazakhstani government officials in the US and in Kazakhstan to provide the appropriate fora for visiting Kazakhstani officials to meet its members and ensure regular, productive contact; provide a forum for the exchange of views and information on business matters between the business and government leaders of both the United States and Kazakhstan; provide timely communications to all members regarding business opportunities and business conditions in Kazakhstan; grow the membership in order to serve as an effective, collective voice of US business interests in Kazakhstan; act in concert with other Councils and Chambers to promote economic growth in the Caspian region as appropriate to Association objectives; and serve as a forum to promote awareness of Kazakhstan in the US, in support of members’ business initiatives.


-Publishes a newsletter, Kazakhstan: An Investment Prospectus, Investing in Kazakhstan: Strategies for Success, Cultural Distinctions Between Kazakhstani and Western Business Practice


-William C. Veale, Executive Director


US- Qatar Business Council

6862 Elm Street, Suite 720, McLean, VA 22101

Telephone Number: 703-847-2319

Fax Number: 703-847-6384

E-mail: info@usqbc.org

Web Site: www.usqbc.org

Year established: 1996

Description: The US-Qatar Business Council was established in 1996 with the goal of promoting commercial relations between the United States and the State of Qatar. It is a non-profit, private sector organization which provides a forum for discussion of key economic, commercial, and other issues of interest to American companies doing or planning to do business in Qatar. The Council also provides information and sponsors events and programs which provide insight into Qatar and its international and business environment. In early 1997, the Council opened its office in Washington, where it conducts its major activities.


-Publishes US-Qatar Journal


US-Saudi Arabian Business Council

1401 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 720, Washington, DC 20005

Telephone Number: 202-638-1212

Fax Number: 202-638-2894

E-mail: ussaudi@us-saudi-business.org

Web Site: www.us-saudi-business.org

Year established: 1993

Description: The US-Saudi Arabian Business Council is a non-profit organization created to improve the knowledge and understanding of Saudi Arabia within the US business community, and vice versa, and to promote trade and investment between the two countries. The Council also seeks to create awareness of the opportunities for small and medium sized business in both countries. The Business Council has built a membership base of leading companies in the United States and Saudi Arabia and interacts regularly with US and Saudi Arabian officials to promote issues of mutual interest to American and Saudi firms. The Council maintains offices in Washington, DC and Riyadh.


-Certifies commercial documents for exports to Saudi Arabia

-Houses library of economic and business information about Saudi Arabia

-Promotes joint ventures and trade opportunities

-Holds plenary meetings, alternating between Riyadh and Washington, DC  and seminars on doing business in Saudi Arabia and opportunities for investment

-Publishes newsletter, US-Saudi Business Brief, The Saudi Expert Guide: A Resource for US Media, and A Business Guide to Saudi Arabia, a comprehensive guide to doing business in Saudi Arabia


-Alfred C. DeCrane, US Co-Chairman

-Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Quraishi, Saudi Arabian Co-Chairman


United States-Tajikistan Chamber of Commerce

1250 24th Street, NW, Suite 350, Washington, DC, 20037-1124

Telephone Number: 202-776-7779

Fax Number: 202-776-7765

E-mail: ustajcc@aol.com

Year established: 1999

Description: The United States-Tajikistan Chamber of Commerce is a professional, not-for-profit organization engaged exclusively in promoting business, commerce, academic pursuits, cooperation, and goodwill among its members and the peoples of the United States and Tajikistan in general.


Washington Institute for Near East Policy

1828 L Street, NW, Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-452-0650

Fax Number: 202-293-0173

E-mail: info@washingtoninstitute.org

Web Site: www.washingtoninstitute.org

Year established: 1995

Description: The Washington Institute for Near East Policy is a private, educational foundation supporting scholarly research and informed debate on US interests in the Near East.


-Holds the Washington Institute Policy Forum bringing together scholars, journalists, and government policymakers from the United States and abroad to evaluate events in the Middle East and exchange ideas on US policy

-Hosts conferences, roundtable discussions, and seminars on issues related to US policy in the Near East

-Maintains permanent staff of experts and fellows who research Near East issues relevant to US policy

-Publishes Policy Papers series, Policy Focus research memoranda, conference proceedings, Policy Watch (analysis by fax), books and special reports


-Dennis Ross, Director

-Robert Satloff, Director of Policy and Strategic Planning


Washington Kurdish Institute (WKI)

605 G Street, SW Washington, DC 20024

Telephone Number: 202-484-0142

Fax Number: 202-484-0140

E-mail: wki@kurd.org

Web Site: www.kurd.org

Description:  The Washington Kurdish Institute is a non-profit, research and educational organization whose motto is “For Kurdish People Worldwide.” Geography, politics and history have conspired to render 30 million Kurds the largest stateless people in the Middle East. Unrepresented at the United Nations, on Embassy Row, or in other international fora, critical issues affecting Kurds and countries in which they live are debated in world capitals, yet Kurdish voices are rarely heard. WKI amplifies informed, independent perspectives of issues which affect Kurds and bear directly on regional stability and US national interests. To achieve its objectives while being effective in the human rights and foreign policy communities, the Board of Directors and Executive Director Mike Amitay believe the Institute must maintain strict non-partisanship and uncompromised support for international human rights standards. The Advisory Committee includes prominent scholars, human rights practitioners, Middle East and foreign policy experts, and Kurds from around the world. WKI has projects in the US and in Iraq.


Established the Halabja Post Graduate Medical Institute (HMI) in 1999 in Iraqi Kurdistan where health professionals study and treat the long term effects of chemical, biological, and radiological weapons

-Collaborates with regional governments and local and international NGOS to provide basic health care and medicine to those with no access to health services, including refugees and displaced persons

-Compiles news articles from domestic and international sources on Kurdish-related issues which are distributed free of charge

-Teaches Kurdish language classes

-Houses a small library of Kurdish-language materials


-Najmaldin Karim, President and Board of Directors

-Mike Amitay, Executive Director


Washington Peace Center

1426 9th Street, NW, Suite 306, Washington, DC 20001

Telephone Number: 202-234-2000

Fax Number: 202-234-7064

E-mail: wpc@igc.org

Web Site: www.washingtonpeacecenter.org

Year established: 1963

Description: The Washington Peace Center is an organization committed to nonviolent social change.  Program emphasis includes both international and domestic issues.  Domestic concerns focus on racism, poverty, and the effects of militarism on society.  International concerns include a particular emphasis on the Middle East, Central America, and the Caribbean.  Through education and direct action, the center tries to find a connection among the various issues facing our society and the world at large.


-Provides information and activities on a range of issues

-Offers space for meetings, events, phone banking, staff provides support and advice to local and visiting groups on logistics, permits, sound, media, meeting space, housing, and coalition work

-Educates and takes action on international and domestic issues

-Produces critical work in the DC Coalition to Stop the US War on Iraq

-Publishes a newsletter, calendar of educational, political, and cultural events, and two annual directories: Media Guide for Activists and Peace and Justice Action Guide

-Coordinates Economics for the People.


-Jennifer Carr, Coordinator


Women for Women International

1850 M Street, NW, Suite 1090, Washington, DC 20036

Telephone Number: 202-737-7705

Fax Number: 202-737-7709

E-mail: general@womenforwomen.org

Web Site: www.womenforwomen.org

Description: Women for Women International provides women survivors of war, civil strife, and other conflicts with tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty into a civil society that promotes and protects peace, stability, and self-sufficiency. Women for Women International currently operates in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Rwanda, Nigeria, Afghanistan/Pakistan, and Colombia. In response to the potential humanitarian crisis in Iraq, Women for Women International has launched an Emergency Response Fund. This fund will enable the organization to bring programs to women survivors of conflict in Iraq and other crisis areas around the world.


-Sponsors various humanitarian programs


Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20560

Telephone Number: 202-691-4000

Fax Number: 202-691-4001

E-mail: mccarters@wwic.si.edu

Web Site: www.wilsoncenter.org

Year established: 1968

Description: Founded by  Congress as a living memorial to the nation’s 28th president, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is an institute of advanced study in the social sciences and humanities.  A wide diversity of scholarly interests is represented in the residential fellowship program for research at the post-doctoral level.  Its fellows are awarded periods of study from four months to one year.  Middle Eastern affairs are brought into the institute through the center’s Division of International Studies.


-Houses scholars-in-residence program

-Hosts lectures, seminars, discussions, and colloquia

-Publishes Centerpoint, newsletter; special reports; papers and books

-Houses The Kennan Collection at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars library has approximately 8000 books in the social sciences and humanities.  The library  is open by appointment.


-Lee H. Hamilton, President and Director

-Robert S. Litwak, Director of International Studies

-Haleh Esfandiari, Consulting Director, Middle East Project

World Affairs Council of Washington, DC

1800 K Street, NW, Suite 1014, Washington, DC 20006

Telephone Number: 202-293-1051

Fax Number: 202-293-3467

Email: clee@worldaffairsdc.org

Web Site: www.worldaffairsdc.org

Year established: 1980

Description: The World Affairs Council of Washington, DC is a member of the National Council of World Affairs Organizations and is affiliated with the New York-based Foreign Policy Association.  As a non-partisan, community-based organization, it offers every citizen the opportunity to study and participate in international policy issues.

The council’s main objective is to provide a forum for the open consideration of international issues and to open channels between the public and key officials involved in foreign policy decisions.  All major international issues, including the Middle East, are subjects for council programs and activities.


-Holds series of public forums and programs for corporations and businesses

-Hosts International Issues Group for young professionals  and outreach program for students and high school teachers


-Donna Evans, President


World Sindhi Institute (WSI)

733 15th Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005

Telephone Number: 202-637-3244

Fax Number: 202 -637-3246

Email: WSIHQ@worldsindhi.org

Web Site: www.worldsindhi.org

Year established: 1997

Description: The World Sindhi Institute (WSI), for Human Rights in Sindh, Pakistan, is a, non-profit organization based in Washington, DC  WSI was founded to bring to the attention of the international community the grave situation in Sindh, the southeastern province of Pakistan.  Through a nonviolent advocacy, activist and academic campaign, WSI informs others of the human rights and environmental atrocities occurring in Sindh.  With support from contributors and volunteers  from around the world, WSI Board of Directors and Advisors, and a small staff of employees, WSI strives to achieve human rights and security for Sindhis in a stable Pakistan.


-Publishes Sindh Watch Magazine, Pakistan Periscope, Terrorist Trails

-Holds speakers series


-Munawar Laghari, Executive Director


Worldwatch Institute

1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1904

Telephone Number: 202-452-1999

Fax Number: 202-296-7365

Email: worldwatch@worldwatch.org

Web Site: www.worldwatch.org

Year established: 1974

Description: Worldwatch Institute is an independent, non-profit research organization established to alert decision makers and the general public to emerging global trends in the availability and management of human and natural resources.  The research program analyzes issues from a global perspective and within an interdisciplinary framework.  It is designed to fill the gap left by traditional analyses in providing information needed by decisionmakers in today’s rapidly changing world.  Although global in focus, the Institute’s topics are often applicable to the Middle East.


-Gathers information network in the fields of economics, demography, energy, agriculture, environment, health, trade, development, etc.

-Publishes State of the World (annually); World Watch (bi-monthly); Environmental Alert book series; World Watch paper series; Vital Signs; books and papers translated into more than 25 languages


-Christopher Flavin, President

Courtesy: Data available from The Middle East Institute



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