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July 2 | World Affairs Council of Greater Houston | Luncheon: Qatari Ambassador Al-Thani

With the world’s third largest natural gas reserves and as the largest global exporter of LNG, Qatar is a major economic, geopolitical and cultural force in the Middle East and beyond. As a key ally, Qatar hosts the largest U.S. military base in the Persian Gulf. With its financial resources and as the home of Al Jazeera, Qatar is a powerful media and political influencer throughout the Arab world.

Along with becoming a leading power in the region, Qatar has also recently been at odds with some of its neighbors on issues such as: its rapprochement with Iran and Turkey; the role of political Islam; or its support of the UN-backed Libyan government in Tripoli - which is under attack from General Haftar, the militia leader backed by Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Ambassador Al-Thani will discuss the outlook for Qatar, its evolving strategic regional roles and its ever growing influence in the broader Middle East.

About the Speaker

His Excellency Sheikh Meshal Bin Hamad Al-Thani,Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the United States of America, assumed his post in Washington D.C. in 2016. Previously, he was the Qatari Ambassador to France from 2013 to 2016 and the Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations from 2011 to 2013.

From 2007 to 2011, H.E. Al-Thani served as Ambassador of Qatar to Brussels where he chaired the Qatari Mission to the EU. He previously acted as the Qatari Liaison with NATO from 2004 to 2007. His prior service in the U.S. includes being a member of the Qatari diplomatic mission in Washington D.C. from 2000 to 2004 and the Qatari Mission to the UN in New York from 1998 to 2000.

Ambassador Al-Thani is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and his diplomatic career began at the Department of European and American Affairs. He received his Master's in international relations from the American University, Washington D.C. Ambassador Al-Thani is married with three children.

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For questions regarding this program, please call the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston at 713-522-7811 or email

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July 11 | World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky | America and the New Global Superpower Competition

Join the World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky to help host General Ben Hodges, Commander of the U.S. Army Europe from 2014 to 2017. General Hodges now serves as the Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies for the Center for European Policy and Analysis. He will discuss how America should respond in this new competition with integrated military, diplomatic, and private investment initiatives. 

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July 16 | World Affairs Council of Greater Houston | On the Struggles for Democracy and the Future of Libya

Since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has experienced extreme turmoil and instability. Major developments happening in Libya place peace in the background and democracy far away. Ambassador Wafa Bughaighis will speak more to this, utilizing her experience as the Government of National Accord's ambassador to the U.S. Join the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston to learn more about the future of Libya at this event.

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July 17 | World Affairs Council of Hilton Head | Summer Forum: Lynne Cope Hummell

Lynne Cope Hummell is the editor of The Bluffton Sun and The Hilton Head Sun, two independetly owned community newspapers. Lynne earned a bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. This month's Summer Forum will open up a discussion surrounding journalism and community relations shaped by her years of experience as a journalist, director, and volunteer in the Hilton Head area. 

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July 19 | World Affairs Council of Atlanta | Qatar: Unpacking the Crisis

Qatar is on the hot seat. Several countries in the Persian Gulf as well as other Arab nations have begun a blockade on the oil wealthy Arab state on accusations of supporting terror. Protests have mounted from London to Istanbul demanding that the blockade be lifted.

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July 21 | World Affairs Forum (Stamford) | Political Tribes

Join Amy Chua, renowned author, professor, and laywer, for a forum event hosted by the World Affairs Forum discussing "Political Tribes." Amy was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2011, along with several other awards for her work and expertise in international business transactions, law and development, ethnic conflict, and globalization and the law. 

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July 29 | World Affairs Council of Greater Houston | A Taste of Thailand - Dinner with Honorary Consul

Join us for a three course Thai dinner where we will taste traditional cuisine and learn more about the country and its customs from Thailand's Honorary Consul, Charles Foster.

Ready for more? You can join the Council on a journey through Thailand in March of 2020!

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About the Speaker

Charles C. Foster is the chairman of Foster LLP and is based in our Houston office. Recognized as a Best Lawyer in America, Chambers USA Senior Statespeople, Who's Who Legal: Corporate Immigration Thought Leader, and Top 100 attorney in Houston, his practice focuses primarily on representing multinational companies and foreign investors regarding U.S. immigration law. >> Click here to read full bio

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