31st Annual Plenary Meeting

Bill Weld and Sir James Mitchell

The InterAction Council held its 31st Annual Plenary Meeting in Manama, Bahrain from 9 to 11 May 2013.

This meeting was comprised of the following sessions:

  • Present State of the World
  • The Water-Energy Nexus
  • Bridging the Religious Divide
  • Nuclear Non-Proliferation


InterAction Council Members

1.     The Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien, Co-Chairman (former Prime Minister), Canada

2.     H.E. Dr. Franz Vranitzky, Co-Chairman (former Chancellor), Austria

3.     H.E. Mr. Andreas van Agt (former Prime Minister), The Netherlands

4.     H.E. Mr. Bertie Ahern (former Prime Minister), Ireland

5.     H.E. Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Quraishi (former Governor of Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority), Saudi Arabia

6.     H.E. Dr. Oscar Arias (former President), Costa Rica

7.     H.E. Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (former Prime Minister), Malaysia

8.     The Rt. Hon. James Bolger (former Prime Minister), New Zealand

9.     H.E. Mr. Yasuo Fukuda (former Prime Minister), Japan

10.  H.E. Dr. Abdel Salam Majali (former Prime Minister), Jordan

11.  The Rt. Hon. Sir James Mitchell (former Prime Minister), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

12.  H.E. Mr. Benjamin Mkapa (former President), Tanzania

13.  H.E. Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo (former President), Nigeria

14.  H.E. Mr. Andrés Pastrana (former President), Colombia

15.  H.E. Mr. Jerry Rawlings (former President), Ghana

16.  H.E. Mr. Constantinos Simitis (former Prime Minister), Greece

17.  H.E. Dr. George Vassiliou (former President), Cyprus

18.  H.E. Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga (former President), Latvia


19.  Dr. Thomas Axworthy, President and CEO, Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation (Canada)

Associate Members

20.  Mr. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chair and former CEO, Nestlé Group (Austria)

21.  The Rt. Hon. Baroness Margaret Jay of Paddington, Former Leader of the House of Lords (U.K.)

22.  Mr. Bill F. Weld, former Governor of Massachusetts (U.S.A.)

Special Guests

23.  H.E. Dr. Muhammad Abdul Ghaffar, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (Bahrain)

24.  Prof. Nobuyasu Abe, Director, Centre for the Promotion of Disarmament and Non-proliferation, Japan Institute of International Affairs (Japan)

25.  H.E. Dr. Majid A. Al-Moneef, Secretary-General, Supreme Economic Council (Saudi Arabia)

26.  H.E. Dr. Abdulrahman H. Al-Saeed, Advisor, The Royal Court (Saudi Arabia)

27.  H.E. Dr. Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary-General, Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (Bahrain)

28.  H.E. Mr. Yukiya Amano, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)

29.  Dr. Reza Aslan, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations (U.S.A.)

30.  Reverend Hani Aziz, National Evangelical Church Pastor and Head of Bahrain Society for Tolerance and Interfaith Co-Existence (Bahrain)

31.  Dr. Cheon Seongwhun, Director, Centre for North Korean Studies, Korea Institute for National Unification (Korea)

32.  Mr. Nicholas Fogg, Former Head of Religious Studies, Marlborough College (U.K.)

33.  Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Executive Director, Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy (U.K.)

34.  Mr. Gholamali Khoshroo, Special Advisor to H.E. Mr. Seyyed Mohammad KhātamÄ« (Iran)

35.  The Most Hon. Lord Michael Lothian, Member, House of Lords; Chairman, Global Strategy Forum (U.K.)

36.  Mr. Fouad Makhzoumi, Chairman, Future Group Holdings and Future Pipe Group (Lebanon)

37.  H.E. Dr. Abdul-Hussain Bin Ali Mirza, Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs (Bahrain)

38.  Dr. Rabi H. Mohtar, Executive Director, Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute (U.S.A.)

39.  Dr. Ahmad Moussalli, Professor of Political Science and Islamic Studies, American University of Beirut (Lebanon)

40.  Dr. Carole Nakhle, Energy Economist, Surrey Energy Economics Centre (U.K.)

41.  Mr. Bob Sandford, IAC Senior Water Advisor; EPCOR Chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative in support of the United Nations Water for Life Decade (Canada)

42.  Dr. Alexander Zhebin, Director, Center for Korean Studies, Institute for Far Eastern Studies (Russia)

43.  Mr. Qays H. Zu’bi, Senior Partner, Zu’bi & Partners Attorneys & Legal Consultants; Honorary Consul of Canada to Bahrain (Bahrain)

The InterAction Council is thankful for the support of the Court of the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain in ensuring this meeting’s success.

The InterAction Council also wishes to gratefully acknowledge the following governments for their generous support this year.

The Government of Canada

The Government of Japan

The Government of Korea