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Beirut exchange program Jan 4-18 (applications due Nov 15)

The Exchange is an effort by Mideastwire.com and its partners to promote engagement and understanding through a variety of city-focused, student conferences in and around the Middle East.

The first Exchange was launched in June 2008 in Beirut, Lebanon. Now, several years on, over 170 students from 40 different countries have participated, with many going on to work as diplomats in their home countries, for NGOs serving the region and as social entrepreneurs.

The next Exchange will be held in Beirut January 4-18, 2012.

To view The Exchange website and previous Programs, visit:

REQUEST AN APPLICATION via info(at)mideastwire.com


January 4-18/Application deadline November 15, 2011
Limited spaces available/Rolling acceptance

In an effort to further its commitment to promoting dialogue and understanding, Mideastwire.com is pleased to announce the Eighth Beirut Exchange program. The two-week program January 4-18, 2012 will engage students from around the world in a multifaceted discussion of some of the key issues facing the region.

The Beirut Exchange program rests on three tracks:

Academic - Participants will attend a series of lectures and colloquia led by leading academics and public intellectuals. Topics will include: The Arab Uprisings; The Special Tribunal for Lebanon; The United Nations as peacekeeper and mediator; Engaging political Islam; Pax Syriana in Lebanon; Asymmetrical conflict: the July 2006 Lebanon war; Human Rights in the Middle East and other topics.

Language - Participants will have the option of attending approximately 20 hours of Arabic language instruction at the Saifi Arabic Institute for Arabic Language in Beirut. Modules for both colloquial and formal Arabic will be available at different levels.

Dialogue with Leaders - Participants will have the opportunity to meet, listen and engage social, political and economic leaders from across the spectrum in Lebanon - with a particular (though not exclusive) emphasis on exposure to leading Islamist and opposition currents.


Previous Speakers (partial list only):

·Omar Bakri, Iqra Islamic Trust for Research and Islamic Studies
·Bilal Baroudi, As-Salam Mosque Tripoli
·Nicholas Blanford, Times of London
·Richard Chambers, International Foundation for Electoral Systems
·Alastair Crooke, Conflicts Forum
·Robert Fisk, The Independent
·Toufic Gaspard, Economist
·Hanin Ghaddar, NOW Lebanon
·Timur Goksel, American University of Beirut
·Judith Palmer Harik, Matn University
·Nadim Houry, Human Rights Watch
·Farid El-Khazen, AUB
·Eli Khoury, Quantum Communications
·Karim Makdisi, AUB
·Sayyid Mohammed Marandi, Tehran University
·Michael Miller, European Commission
·Ibrahim Mussawi, Al-Intiqad
·Omar Nashabe, Al-Akhbar
·Nir Rosen, Journalist
·Osama Safa, Lebanese Center for Policy Studies
·Paul Salem, Carnegie Middle East Center
·Michel Samaha, Frm. Republic of Lebanon
·Milos Struger, UNIFIL
·Fawwaz Traboulsi, AUB
·Michael Young, Daily Star


Tuition - $2,000; Partial financial aid is available for those students and individuals that can demonstrate need.

Accommodation - Recommended accommodation is at our facility, Saifi Urban Gardens (wwwsaifigardens.com). Room rates vary depending on arrangements, but generally fall within the range of $300-$700 for the duration of the program. Alternative accommodation is available upon request.

Airfare - $800, approximate from the European Union.

Please note that all academic programming will take place at Saifi Urban Gardens, Gemmayze, Beirut.

Tuition is 50% refundable up to three days before the program commences should the situation in Lebanon warrant a cancellation by Mideastwire.com. (Airline tickets and accommodation should be purchased with travel insurance.)

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