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New MENA Programs: The Tunis & Beirut Exchanges June-July 2012

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 220 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 Beirut Exchange will be held June 10-24, 2012.
The Tunis Exchange will be held June 25-July 5, 2012.

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

REQUEST AN APPLICATION for the Tunis Exchange or the Beirut Exchange via info@mideastwire.com

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NEW PROGRAM—THE TUNIS EXCHANGE
June 25-July 5/Application deadline April 20, 2012
Limited spaces available/Rolling acceptance

Mideastwire.com is pleased to announce the first Tunis Exchange in partnership with CEMAT, the overseas research center of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies based in Tunis. Like our other Exchanges in the region, the ten-day program June 25-July 5, 2012 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 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 Scope – The Tunis Exchange will be held over seven days at El-Hana hotel in downtown Tunis. Students are expected to stay in the hotel, unless permission for offsite stay is requested and provided, as most meetings will take place in our conference room at the hotel. 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 Bizerte.

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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 Unemployed Graduates
Union of Tunisian Journalists
The Central Bank of Tunisia
Ministry of Culture
Ministry of Women’s Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Human Rights
Manouba University
Free University of Tunis
Tunis University
Association of Democratic Women
Tunisian Network for Social Economy
Tunisian Observatory for a Democratic Transition
Al-Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center
Tunisian League of Human Rights
Tunisian-American Chamber of Commerce
Tunisian Association of Young Entrepreneurs
Committee to Protect Journalists
Attounsia Newspaper
Tunisian Horizons
Zeitouna Bank
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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 the El-Hana hotel 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 $350-$450 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/

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The Ninth Beirut Exchange June 10-24, 2012
June 10-24/Application deadline April 10, 2012
Limited spaces available/Rolling acceptance

The Beirut Exchange program rests on three 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.

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 different levels of Arabic will be available.

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):
·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://thebeirutexchange.com/images/stories/products/1_-_ScheduleJan2012.pdf

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Costs:

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. Room rates vary depending on arrangements, but generally fall within the range of $300-$700 for the duration of the program (including breakfast). Alternative accommodation is available upon request.

Airfare – $600, 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 one week 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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March 8, 2012 at 6:49 pm

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