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20 March 2017


TO: Ambassador Al Otaiba

FR: The Harbour Group

RE: CAP/CNAS/AEI Study Tour to UAE

We have been working with Brian Katulis at CAP and Ilan Goldenberg at CNAS to plan and execute an
Embassy-supported study tour of national security experts to the UAE this spring.


The delegation would arrive in Abu Dhabi on Friday, May 8, with two days of meetings in Abu Dhabi and
one day of meetings in Dubai. Some of the group will go on to KSA and others plan to travel to Beirut.


The delegation will consist of 10-15 senior and mid-level national security and foreign policy experts
from CAP, CNAS, and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

The following participants have already confirmed:

Michele Flournoy, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CNAS

Rudy Deleon, Senior Fellow, CAP
Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow, CAP
Danielle Pletka, Senior Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, AEI
Ilan Goldenberg, Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program, CNAS
Kim Kagan, Founder and President, Institute for the Study of War
Elisa Catalano Ewers, Adjunct Senior Fellow, CNAS
Nicholas Heras, Bacevich Fellow, CNAS
Thanassi Cambanis, Fellow, The Century Foundation

Invitations have been extended to the following list:

Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Rich Lowry, Editor, The National Review
Matt McInnis, Resident Fellow, AEI
Roger Zakheim, Visiting Fellow, AEI
Stephen Hayes, Editor-in-Chief, The Weekly Standard
Richard Fontaine, President, CNAS
Elizabeth Rosenberg, Senior Fellow and Director, CNAS
Vikram Singh, Vice President for National Security and International Policy, CAP
Laura Rosenberger, Former Hillary Clinton Foreign Policy Advisor
John Podesta, Founder, CAP


The proposed list of meetings is below. In addition to senior UAE national security and FP officials, we
propose to expose the group to some new elements which may include the national service program;
the space program; and a glimpse of the cultural scene in the country.

Abu Dhabi
o Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces
HH Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
o Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed
o US Ambassador to the UAE Barbara Leaf
o Commander of the UAE Presidential Guard General Mike Hindmarsh
o National Security Advisor Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed
o UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash
o Mubadala Deputy Group CEO Waleed Al Mokarrab Al Muhairi
o Masdar Chairman Dr. Sultan Al Jaber
o Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) Managing Director HH Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed
Al Nahyan (or Executive Director HE Khalil Mohammed Foulathi)
o twofour54 Chairwoman Noura Al Kaabi
o UAE Space Agency Chairman HE Khalifa Mohamed Al Romaithi
o Director, National Service Program

o VIP Tour of Etihad Museum
o Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Future Minister Mohammed Al Gergawi
o Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center Director General HE Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani

Embassy/CPC Support

CAP will use its existing program budget to manage planning and organization for the visit. (AEI and
CNAS will not accept direct grants from the Embassy.)

The Embassy will cover business class fares for the group estimated at US$150K. We will request that
CPC cover hotels, meals and local transportation.

Richard or Matt and Sarah will accompany the group to the UAE.

Next Steps

In terms of next steps, Embassy action is needed:

Embassy approval for dates, participants, program/meetings, and budget

Request CPC assistance for local transportation and hotels
Prepare and send meeting request letters