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Mideastwire.com Announces Three Upcoming Exchange Programs: Beirut, Tunis & Turkey

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

During their stay, students and professionals from around the world engage directly with some of the leading intellectuals, academics and political leaders in the country.

The First Exchange was launched in June 2008 in Beirut, Lebanon. Now, several years on, over 270 students from 44 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 Tenth Beirut Exchange will be held November 17-24, 2012;
The Second Tunis Exchange will be held January 3-13, 2013;
The Second Turkey Exchange will be held January 14-24, 2013.

For Arabic classes offered in the Tunis Medina starting October 29, 2012, please visit our Facebook Pages:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/342217845855326/
https://www.facebook.com/ArabicInTunis

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To view previous Exchange programs in Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Tunis and the Gulf, as well as media coverage of our efforts, visit http://www.thebeirutexchange.com

REQUEST AN APPLICATION for any Exchange via info@mideastwire.com

Note that tuition discounts, beyond standard financial aid allocations for those applicants with demonstrated need, are available for alumni of previous Exchange programs as well as students who wish to attend more than one Exchange. For more information, please email info@mideastwire.com

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THE TENTH BEIRUT EXCHANGE
November 17-24, 2012/Application deadline October 20, 2012
Limited spaces available/Rolling acceptance

The Beirut Exchange program rests on two tracks:

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

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

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Previous Speakers (partial list only):
Ahmad Asssir, Bilal Bin Rabbah Mosque of Sidon
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
Abdullah Dardari, Frm. Syrian Arab Republic
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
Rami Khouri, Daily Star & AUB
Eli Khoury, Quantum Communications
Karim Makdisi, AUB
Sayyid Mohammed Marandi, Tehran University
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
Mohammad Shattah, Frm. Republic of Lebanon
Milos Struger, UNIFIL
Fawwaz Traboulsi, AUB

To view a previous program for the Beirut Exchange visit http://www.thebeirutexchange.com

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Costs:

Tuition – $1,250; Partial financial aid is available for those students and individuals that can demonstrate need.

Accommodation – Recommended accommodation is at the Cavalier Hotel in Hamra, Beirut. Room rates vary depending on arrangements, but generally fall within the range of $300-$400 for the duration of the program (including breakfast). Alternative accommodation is available upon request, although most lectures will be held in the conference room of the Cavalier Hotel and across the street at our partner organization Altcity.me

Airfare – $600, approximate from the European Union.

Tuition is 50% refundable up to two weeks 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.)

REQUEST AN APPLICATION via info@mideastwire.com

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 THE SECOND TUNIS EXCHANGE
January 3-13, 2013/Application deadline November 15, 2012
Limited spaces available/Rolling acceptance

Mideastwire.com is pleased to announce the Second Tunis Exchange in partnership with CEMAT, the overseas research center of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies based in Tunis, Institut Tunis Dauphine and Tunisia Live. Like our other Exchanges, the ten-day program January 3-13, 2013 will engage students from around the world in a multifaceted discussion of some of the key issues facing Tunisia and the wider region.

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The Tunis Exchange program rests on two tracks:

Academic – Participants will attend a series of lectures led by leading professors and public intellectuals in Tunisia. Topics will include: Economic challenges facing Tunisia and North Africa; Political Islam and electoral politics; The status of women in Tunisia and the MENA region; Media coverage of the Arab revolts; Trade union politics in the post Ben Ali era; Emerging security challenges in the MENA region, as well as a range of other topics.

Dialogue with Leaders – Participants will have the opportunity to meet, listen and engage leading social, political, religious and economic leaders from across the spectrum in Tunisia.

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Program Format – The Tunis Exchange will be held over ten days in total. Students are expected to stay at the hotel Le Majestic, unless permission for offsite stay at alternative hotels or accommodations is requested, since most meetings will take place in the conference room at Le Majestic. Off-site meetings will entail bus travel as a group in and around Tunis. At least three days of the program will entail travel to other cities and regions in Tunisia for meetings with local activists, intellectuals, academics and political/religious leaders, including in Sidi Bouzid, Sfax and Gafsa.

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Invited Institutional Participants (partial list only):
En-Nahda Party
Congress for the Republic Party
Ettakatol Party
Constitutional Democratic Rally Party
The Democratic Modernist Pole Party
Worker’s Communist Party
Progressive Democratic Party
Tunisian General Trade Union
Union of Tunisian Journalists
The Central Bank of Tunisia
Ministry of Women’s Affairs
Ministry of Human Rights
Manouba University
Tunis University
Association of Democratic Women
Tunisian Network for Social Economy
Tunisian Observatory for a Democratic Transition
Tunisian League of Human Rights
Tunisian-American Chamber of Commerce
Tunisian Association of Young Entrepreneurs
Committee to Protect Journalists
Attounsia Newspaper

To view a previous program for the Tunis Exchange visit http://www.thebeirutexchange.com

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Costs:

Tuition – $1,500; Partial financial aid is available for those students and individuals that can demonstrate need.

Accommodation – Seven nights of the program will be spent at Hotel Le Majestic in downtown Tunis, while at least three nights will be spent at hotels outside of Tunis. Room rates vary depending on arrangements, but generally fall within the range of $450-$500 total for a shared double room during the duration of the program (breakfast is included). Alternative accommodation, including in a single room, is available upon request.

Airfare – $450, approximate from the European Union.

REQUEST AN APPLICATION via info@mideastwire.com

For more about CEMAT, visit http://www.cematmaghrib.org/
For more about Institut Tunis Dauphine, visit http://www.tunisdauphine.tn/
For more about Tunisia Live, visit http://www.tunisia-live.net

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THE SECOND TURKEY EXCHANGE
January 14-24, 2013/Application deadline November 15, 2012
Limited spaces available/Rolling acceptance

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Mideastwire.com and politicsinthefield.com are pleased to announce the Second Turkey Exchange. The ten-day program January 14-24 will be held over eight days in Istanbul and two days in Ankara, immersing students and professionals from around the world in some of the key issues facing Turkey and the surrounding region.

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The Turkey Exchange rests on two tracks:

Academic – Participants will attend a series of seminars led by leading Turkish academics, journalists, businesspeople and public intellectuals. Topics will include: Turkey and the Syrian Revolution; The future of Turkey-EU and Turkey-US relations; Turkey’s role in the Middle East Peace process; Economic reform challenges now and on the horizon; Pipeline politics and Turkey’s energy role; The AKP party in domestic and regional relations; The Kurdish question; Terrorism and the PKK; Turkey’s constitution and justice system; Women in Turkey; Hydro-politics and Turkish foreign policy, among other topics.

Dialogue with Leaders – Participants will have the opportunity to meet and engage social, political and economic leaders from across the spectrum in Turkey.

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Invited Participants & Institutions (partial list only):
AK Party
CHP – Republican People’s Party
MHP – Nationalist Movement Party
BDP – Peace and Democracy Party
Prime Ministry of Turkey
Foreign Ministry of Turkey
Ministry for European Union Affairs of Turkey
Religious Affairs Ministry of Turkey
Jewish Community of Turkey
Armenian Community of Turkey
Istanbul Municipality
US Consulate, Istanbul
Istanbul Stock Exchange
Radikal Newspaper
Taraf Newspaper
International Crisis Group Turkey
Istanbul Policy Center
Syrian National Council
SETA
MUSIAD
TUSIAD
HABERTURK TV
Skyturk TV
Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan
Prof. Remzi Sanver
Prof. İlter Turan
Prof. Volkan Ediger
Prof. Mehmet Altan
Prof. Michalengelo Guida
Soli Özel
Mustafa Akyol
Abdurrahman Dilipak
Hasan Cemal
Ceyda Karan

To view a previous program for the First Istanbul-Ankara Exchange held in July 2010 visit http://www.thebeirutexchange.com

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Program Format:

The first six days as well as the final two days of the Exchange will take place at the Madison Hotel in downtown Istanbul, although there will be several bus trips to meetings arranged outside the conference center. Two days of the Exchange will be spent in the capital, Ankara, where a series of meetings with political and diplomatic leaders will be convened.

Costs:

Tuition – $1,500. Partial financial aid is available for those students and professionals that can demonstrate need, including being a current recipient of financial aid.

Hotel – $120 for Ankara (shared double room, 2 nights) @ the Ickale Hotel http://www.hotelickale.com/tr/. $480 for Istanbul (shared double room, eight nights) @ the Madison Hotel http://www.madison.com.tr/

Airfare – $400 approximately from the EU.

Apply before November 15, 2012:

To request a downloadable application and/or financial aid information, please email  info@mideastwire.com.

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About the Organizations:

Mideastwire.com is a Beirut-based media monitoring company that translates the Arabic and Persian language media into English.

For more about PIF, visit politicsinthefield.com

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September 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm

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