UAE Security Forum 2021:
U.S.-Gulf Relations in a Changing Region


DECEMBER 7-9, 2021


Since its launch in 2016, the UAE Security Forum has played a vital role as a venue where U.S. and regional partners gather to find creative solutions to some of their most pressing common challenges. This year’s forum assessed geopolitical trends in the region. AGSIW brought together academics, policymakers, and practitioners to identify key risks, examine current mitigation efforts, and recommend policy solutions for governments and the private sector.





Day 1: Tuesday December 7, 2021

  • Retrenchment and Realignment: Taking Stock of Regional Developments

    Ali Alfoneh, Senior Fellow, AGSIW
    Hasan Alhasan, Research Fellow, Middle East Policy, International Institute for Strategic Studies
    Mohammed Baharoon, Director General, b’huth
    Sanam Vakil, Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Program, Chatham House

    Moderator: Hussein Ibish, Senior Resident Scholar, AGSIW


Day 2: Wednesday December 8, 2021

  • U.S. Security Interests in a Changing Region

    Jon Alterman, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, Center for Strategic and International Studies
    David B. Des Roches, Non-Resident Fellow, AGSIW; Associate Professor, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University
    Kirsten Fontenrose, Director, Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative, Atlantic Council
    Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow and Vice President for Policy, Middle East Institute

    Moderator: Ambassador William Roebuck, Executive Vice President, AGSIW

Day 3: Thursday December 9, 2021

  • A Conversation With H.E. Anwar Gargash, Diplomatic Advisor to the President of the UAE

    Moderator: Ambassador Douglas Silliman, President, AGSIW

  • Can Closer Economic Ties Lead to Shared Prosperity?

    Amjad Ahmad, Director and Resident Senior Fellow, empowerME, Rafik Hariri Center, Atlantic Council
    Scott Livermore, Chief Economist, Oxford Economics Middle East
    Steve Lutes, Vice President, Middle East Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    Alia Moubayed, Managing Director, Jefferies

    Moderator: Robert Mogielnicki, Senior Resident Scholar, AGSIW

  • A Conversation With Brett McGurk, National Security Council Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa

    Moderator: Ambassador Douglas Silliman, President, AGSIW