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CODEPINK Summit on Saudi Arabia: Understanding the Kingdom and its Global Role

March 5, 2016 @ 8:00 am - March 6, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

$20 – $100


Join 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.

If you would like to learn about the roots and spread of Islamic extremism, seek solutions to violence in the middle east, support a US foreign policy that is based on respect for human rights, or are an advocate against global weapons proliferation, you should join us this weekend.

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.


  • Jamal Abdi, Policy Director of National Iranian American Council
  • Ali Al-Alahmed, The Gulf Institute
  • Abdulaziz Al-Hussan, Saudi human rights lawyer
  • Mohammed Al-Nimr, son of Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr
  • Rabyaah Althaibani, Yemeni-American activist
  • Daniel Arshack, attorney for imprisoned Saudi lawyer
  • Kristine Beckerle, Human Rights Watch
  • Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK
  • Phyllis Bennis, author, Institute for Policy Studies
  • Sunjeev Bery, Amnesty International
  • William Hartung, weapons expert, Center for International Policy
  • Chris Hedges, author
  • Raed Jarrar, American Friends Service Committee
  • Sharat G. Lin, scholar on Middle Eastern migrant labor
  • Matar Ebrahim Matar, Bahraini politician and activist
  • Ebtihal Mubarak, Saudi journalist
  • Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, Executive Director, International Civil Society Network (ICAN)
  • Vijay Prashad, author and professor, Trinity College
  • Robert Vitalis, author and professor, the University of Pennsylvania

Tickets can be purchased on CODEPINK’s website. Students are free, just message

See the full schedule of events for the summit here.


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