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Participant Reviews of Our Political Engagement Conferences – Tunis & Beirut

Some participant reviews from our recent Exchanges – thanks so much to our alumni for their support! Please do contact folks below if you have any questions about the program that might demand an “insider” point of view.
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This was an insightful and thought provoking exchange in the midst of various challenges in Lebanon.  – Jan Wilkens, Beirut ‘14, Jan.Wilkens@wiso.uni-hamburg.de

Given the current instability in Lebanon and the Middle East, the Beirut Exchange contained an impressive array of intellectuals, officials, and practitioners from across the spectrum. With years of on-the-ground experience and different points of view, these individuals provided an in-depth and comprehensive picture of an extremely complex and constantly changing political landscape. The local access and knowledge the Exchange offered would have been difficult, if not impossible, to attain through independent research. The level of organization and professionalism was equally impressive. – Eric Lob, Beirut ‘14, eric.lob@gmail.com

A well-oiled program that brings you an impressive number and selection of speakers from across the spectrum. Worth every penny! – Oliva Holt-Ivry, Tunis June ‘14, olivia.h.ivry@gmail.com

Illuminating and life changing experience. I will recall the Exchange as one of the most authentic educational experiences of my life.  – Sahar Rizvi, Tunis ‘13, sr51907@hotmail.com

There could not exist a more thorough and intensive immersion into Lebanese history and politics than the exchange facilitated by Mideastwire. Incredibly knowledgeable and passionate program leaders and a fantastic cohort of fellow students, made for a truly unique and unforgettable two week exposure to the country’s current state and main political actors. I could not be more grateful for all that I learned! – Nathan Wexler, Beirut Jan ‘15, natwex@gmail.com

Every aspiring journalist should attend the Beirut Exchange. I have learned more in my 10 days at the Beirut Exchange than in any university course! This trip is a wonderful experience filled with fascinating speakers and very worthy peers. I am so grateful to the Mideastwire for arranging everything. – Nicole Sganga, Beirut Jan ’15, nsganga@nd.edu

The exchange has been an amazing educational experience. It has offered me the opportunity to meet various academic and political figures as well as other experts on Lebanon and the region. Furthermore, it provided information and opinions on Lebanese politics from the whole spectrum of the political scene, which enriched my knowledge of the region and its local dynamics. But most importantly, by the end of the exchange, I had a lot of food for thought and possible directions for my research as well as for my future studies on a PHD level. I am definitely applying for the next exchange.— Zakia Aqra, Beirut Jan ’15, zakia.aqra@gmail.com

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April 7, 2015 at 1:14 pm

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