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National Summit on Saudi Arabia: Understanding the Kingdom and Its Global Role

When: Saturday, March 5, 2016, 8:00 am to Sunday, March 6, 2016, 5:00 pm
Where: Clarke School of Law • 4340 Connecticut Avenue • Washington D.C.




Dates: March 5- 6, 2016
Times: Saturday, 8:00am to 9:00pm | Sunday, 8:00 am to 5:00pm
Location: The UDC David A. Clarke School of Law (4340 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008)

CODEPINK, along with The Nation Magazine, Institute for Policy Studies, Peace Action, and many other organizations (see below), is hosting a two-day summit examining the policies and practices of Saudi Arabia and U.S.-Saudi ties. 

This Summit will address issues such as human rights; Saudi internal and foreign policy; and the prospects for change inside the kingdom and in U.S.-Saudi relations.
Human rights advocates, diplomats, scholars, authors, and grassroots activists will come together in this first-of-its-kind international summit examining the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Who Should Attend?

You should attend:

  • If you would like to learn about the roots and spread of Islamic extremism.
  • If you seek solutions to violence in the Middle East.
  • If you support a US foreign policy that is based on respect for human rights.
  • If you are an advocate against global weapons proliferation.

At the Summit on Saudi Arabia, you will be able to connect with scholars, human rights advocates and other activists to discuss these issues and more. By attending panel discussions and workshops, you will gain tools and information to speak about these issues in your community, and join a network of change-makers seeking a reform in the US-Saudi relationship. 


$20 - $100 sliding scale, including lunch. Click here to buy your ticket!


  • Chris Hedges, author
  • Vijay Prashad, author and professor at Trinity College
  • Rabayah Althaibani, Yemeni-American activist
  • Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK
  • Mohammed Al-Nimr, son of Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr
  • Joe Stork, Human Rights Watch
  • Ali al Alhmed, The Gulf Institute
  • Raed Jarrar, American Friends Service Committee
  • Gabriel Justice, Saudi-American author and U.S. Veteran
  • Robert Vitalis, author and professor at the University of Pennsylvania 
  • William Hartung, weapons expert, Center for International Policy
  • Kristine Beckerle, Human Rights Watch
  • Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the International Civil Society Network (ICAN) 
  • Andrew Hammond, doctoral candidate at Oxford University
  • Ebtihal Mubarak, Saudi journalist
  • Matar Ebrahim Ali Matar, Bahraini politician and activist
  • Abdulaziz Al Hussan, Saudi human rights lawyer
  • Dr. Sharat G. Lin, scholar on Middle Eastern migrant labor
  • Phyllis Bennis, author and fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies

And more! Find their bios here, and check back in periodically for updates!


  • Campaign for Peace and Democracy
  • Center for Inquiry
  • Coalition to End the U.S.-Saudi Alliance
  • Fellowship of Reconciliation
  • Food Not Bombs
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation
  • Historians Against the War
  • Institute for Policy Studies
  • Just Foreign Policy
  • Middle East Crisis Committee
  • Peace Action
  • People Demanding Action
  • Popular Resistance
  • RootsAction
  • The Gulf Institute
  • The Markaz
  • The Nation Magazine
  • U.S. Labor Against the War
  • United For Peace and Justice
  • United Methodist General Board of Church and Society
  • United National Anti-War Coalition
  • Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars
  • Veterans For Peace
  • Voices for Creative Nonviolence
  • WESPAC Foundation
  • WNY Peace Center
  • World Beyond War

Any Questions?

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Don't forget to join our Facebook event, where we will also be posting updates on speakers and co-sponsors!

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