Founded in 1983 and based in Washington, D.C, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is an American non- profit, non-governmental, educational organization dedicated to improving American knowledge and understanding of the Arab world. The National Council’s vision is a relationship between the United States and its Arab partners, friends, and allies that rests on as solid and enduring a foundation as possible. Such a foundation, viewed from both ends of the spectrum, is one that would be characterized by strengthened and expanded strategic, economic, political,
commercial, and defense cooperation ties; increased joint ventures; a mutuality of benefit; reciprocal respect for each other’s heritage and values;
and overall acceptance of each other’s legitimate needs, concerns, interests, and objectives.
The National Council’s mission is educational. It seeks to enhance American awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the Arab countries, the Mideast, and the Islamic world. Its means for doing so encompass but are not limited to programs for leadership development, people-to-people exchanges, lectures, publications, an annual Arab-U.S. policymakers conference, and the participation of American students and faculty in Arab world study experiences.As a public service, the Council also serves as an information clearinghouse and participant in national, state, and local grassroots outreach to media, think tanks, and select community, civic, educational, business, and professional associations. In these ways the Council helps
strengthen and expand the overall Arab-U.S. relationship.