James J. Bötkös and Akram Elias
I consider Akram as one of the greatest experts of current international politics. We meet each other regularly in the most improbable places on the planet. Once we discussed Iranian geopolitics until dawn in the hall of a big hotel in Budapest. His analyses were so fascinating that I would have gladly listened to him for much longer.
He has worked extensively with the U.S. Department of State and numerous private and international organizations to provide public diplomacy, cross-cultural analysis and training. He is the founder and President of Capital Communications Group, Inc. (“CCG”), a Washington D.C.-based firm that provides services in public diplomacy, cross-cultural communication, and international business networking. In the area of public diplomacy, Akram, prior to founding CCG, worked for 10 years as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State accompanying delegations of foreign dignitaries primarily from North Africa and the Middle East in support of the department’s public diplomacy efforts. Since 1995, Akram has been contracted by the U.S. Department of State and numerous private organizations such as Meridian International Center, Freedom House, the Institute of International Education and World Learning Inc. In addition, Akram, who is fluent in Arabic and French, provides in-depth analyses on social, cultural and political trends in countries of the Middle East and North Africa.
He has authored numerous articles on this topic, and wrote the original treatment for Mr. Dreyfuss Goes to Washington and co-produced it with Academy Award Winner Richard Dreyfuss. The documentary aired for the first time on November 26, 2001, on the History Channel, and won three prestigious Telly Awards. Akram has since been featured in several documentaries on PBS, the History Channel, Discovery Channel and National Geographic.
Akram Elias blogs primarily on public diplomacy and international relations, particularly as they apply to homeland and national security matters. In particular, I recommend his vision on The Real New Middle East Order – Part IV: “An Emerging New Order” – September 7th, 2011, Security Debrief, The George Washington University, Homeland Security Policy Institute.