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Applications Now Open for the Tenth Beirut Exchange August 12-19, 2013

The Exchange is an effort by and its partners to promote understanding and academic enrichment through a variety of city-focused conferences in and around the Middle East. During their stay, typically lasting from one to two weeks, students and professionals from around the world engage directly with some of the leading intellectuals, academics and political leaders in the country – representing all sides.

The First Exchange was launched in June 2008 in Beirut, Lebanon. Now, several years on, over 300 students from 46 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 August 12-19, 2013

To view previous Exchange Schedules in Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Tunis and the Gulf, as well as media coverage of our efforts, visit

Beirut Exchange Group on Facebook

Tunis Exchange Group on Facebook

Exchange Fanpage on Facebook

REQUEST AN APPLICATION for any Exchange via

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

August 12-19, 2013
Application Deadline I July 15/Deadline II July 31
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 academics and public intellectuals. Topics will include: The Arab uprisings; The Syria conflict; 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.

NOTE: Due to the current security situation in Lebanon, the Tenth Beirut Exchange will restrict its meetings and activities primarily within the Greater Beirut area.

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
·Mohammad Shattah, Frm. Republic of Lebanon
·Milos Struger, UNIFIL
·Fawwaz Traboulsi, AUB


Tuition – $1,300; 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 $350-$450 for the duration of the seven-day program (shared double room, including breakfast and all taxes). Alternative accommodation is available upon request, although most lectures will be held in the conference room of the Cavalier Hotel.

Airfare – $700, approximate from the European Union.

Tuition is 75% refundable up to one week before the program commences should the situation in Lebanon warrant a cancellation by (Airline tickets and accommodation should be purchased with travel insurance.)



Written by nickbiddlenoe

June 29, 2013 at 6:54 pm

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