Biden's Foreign Policy in the Middle East and North Africa, Recipes for Success or Failure?
Mr. AbiNader will review initial steps taken by the Biden Foreign Policy team to reshape US policy towards the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region including countering Iran and terrorism, bolstering allies, promoting human rights, and re-establishing humanitarian and economic assistance programs. He will also review Congressional responses and initiatives and how they impact Biden’s agenda. AbiNader will identify how these policies serve US interests and contribute to regional stability, security, and development, and the challenges and opportunities in the upcoming year.
Jean has been working on US-Arab political, economic, and security issues for more than 40 years, starting as Peace Corps training director in Yemen in 1974. He has been involved in US-Arab advocacy since coming to Washington, DC in 1978. AbiNader produces blogs, position papers, press statements, information materials, and policy studies related to US policy in the region, most recently posting articles analyzing scenarios for post-election US relations with the Arab world on several international websites.
He has traveled extensively in the region, including Iran, Israel, and Turkey; served as the President/CEO of the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director of the Moroccan American Trade and Investment Center, and is currently Policy Director at the American Task Force on Lebanon.
AbiNader consults on strategic communications and organizational change for both international and US clients; has led a graduate level seminar at Georgetown University; lectured at American University on international development and challenges in intercultural negotiations; and leads a seminar on effective negotiations at Al-Akhawayn University in Morocco. His blogs can be found on www.atfl.org and his website: www.abinaderadvisoryservices.com.
He has been a Springfield resident for 20 years. He has two children, son Faris working in the financial services sector, and daughter Millan doing post-doctoral research at the University of Arizona on intimacy abuse. While he does not have pets, he has been known to spoil the squirrels and birds in his backyard.
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