A view of Doha, QuatarA view of Doha, Quatar

From Dr. Mandel:

I just returned from Israel, Qatar, Dubai, and Oman, with my annual MEPIN seminar in the Middle East, having had the privilege to meet with leading members of their foreign ministries, religious authorities, media outlets, think tanks, and so much more. In addition, we met with the U.S. Ambassador to Qatar and his military attache, as well as the U.S. Charge D’affair (no Amb. approved yet) and military attache in Oman, which offered the U.S. perspective on these countries, Iran, and the region.

There are many photos I could not take because of restrictions, but a representative sample of what we saw and who we met is listed below. 

A roster of some of the meetings

• Former U.S. Ambassador to Oman Marc Sievers, who accompanied us to Oman

• Minister of Information, Sultanate of Oman, Dr. Abdulla Al-Harrasi 

• Director of the Gulf Studies Center, Professor Mahjoob Zweiri

• Omani professor Mohammed Saad al-Muqaddam, an expert on Iran

• Qatari Foreign Ministry with ministry spokesman, Dr. Majed Al-Ansari

• Program Manager Gulf Strategy Fund British Embassy Doha, Abdul Alkurdi

• H.E. Saleh Mohammed Talib Al Zaharini, Member of the Omani State Council and chairman of Apex Press and Publishing

• Chairman of Gaza Reconstruction, Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mohammed Ismail Al-Emadi

• Qatari Maj. General, Military, and Security Advisor, Mohammed Abdullatif Al-Mannai

• Managing Director of Al Jazeera, Giles Trendle

• Professor Moshe Koppel, Founder of the Kohelet Think Tank on Judicial Reform

• Former Knesset Member Dan Meridor

• Israeli Amb. Oded Yosef, Deputy Director Middle East Dept., head Oman desk, an expert on Hamas, Iran, and Palestinians

• Israeli Ambassador Bruce Kashdan, expert on Gulf and Abraham Accords

• Iris Ambor, head of the Qatar desk at the Israeli Foreign Ministry

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