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Applications Now Available: The 17th Beirut Exchange Politics Conference March 19-26, 2017

The Exchange is an effort by and its partners to promote understanding and academic enrichment through a variety of city-focused conferences in the Middle East and North Africa.

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 a variety of different viewpoints.

The First Exchange was launched in June 2008 in Beirut, Lebanon. Now, nine years on, more than 500 people from 51 different countries have participated, with many continuing on as diplomats in their home countries, as staff for NGOs serving the region and as social entrepreneurs.

The next Exchange will be held in Beirut March 19-26, 2017.

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

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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

MARCH 19-26, 2017
Application Deadline I February 10, 2017/Deadline II February 28, 2017
Limited spaces available/Rolling acceptance

The seven-day Beirut Exchange program rests on two tracks:

Academic – Participants will attend a series of lectures and colloquia led by leading academics and public intellectuals in Lebanon. Topics will include: Recent protest movements in Lebanon; The Arab Uprisings; The Syrian conflict and its regional implications; The Islamic State; The Special Tribunal for Lebanon; The United Nations role in Lebanon and the region; Engaging political Islam; Asymmetrical conflict: The July 2006 Lebanon War; Human Rights in Lebanon and the wider Middle East; Sectarianism and its deployment, as well as a range of other topics.

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

NOTE: Due to the current security situation in Lebanon, the Seventeenth Beirut Exchange will generally restrict its meetings in and around Beirut, although at least one trip to the North and one trip to the South is planned.

The Completed Program of the January 2017 Beirut Exchange:

Wednesday, January 11
8pm – Opening Orientation & Security Briefing

Thursday, January 12
9:30am – Nicholas Noe,
12pm – Sami Gemayel, Kataeb
1:30pm – Karim Makdisi, American University of Beirut
5:30pm – Bassam Khawaja, Human Rights Watch
7pm – Bashir Saade, Stirling University

Friday, January 13
8:30 – Rami Khouri, AUB
11am – Farea Muslimi, Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies
12:30pm – Omar Nashabe, Consultant for Defense Counsel, STL
3:30 – Group Discussion
4pm – Ayman Mhanna, Global Forum for Media Development
7pm – Abdallah Dardari, UN/ESCWA & Frm. Vice Premier of Syria

Saturday, January 14
10am – Sari Hanafi, AUB
12:30 – May Akl, Free Patriotic Movement
2:30 – Antoine Habchi, The Lebanese Forces
5pm – Mustapha Alloush, The Future Movement

Sunday, January 15
11:30am – Imran Riza, UNIFIL
2:30 – Mleeta Museum @ South Lebanon
7pm – Walid Jumblatt, The Progressive Socialist Party

Monday, January 16
9am – Mohammad Afif, Hizbullah
11am – Rabih Shibley, AUB
1pm – Yassine Jabber, The Amal Movement
2pm – Alain Aoun, FPM
3:30pm – UNRWA
6pm – Nicolas Pouillard, IFPO
8pm – Marwan Maalouf, Menapolis/#YouStink

Tuesday, January 17
10am – Ammar Moussawi, Hizbullah
1:30 – The Special Tribunal for Lebanon
4pm – Christina Lassen, The European Commission in Lebanon
6pm – Liz Sly, Washington Post
7pm – Nicholas Blanford, Daily Star/Times of London

Wednesday, January 18
10:30am – Patriarch Beshara Rai
1pm – Osama Hamdan, HAMAS
2:30 – Shadi Karam, Frm. Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister
4pm – Closing Session

Tuition – $900; Partial financial aid is available for those students and individuals that can demonstrate need.

Accommodation – $420; Except for those students already residing in Lebanon, we recommend that all participants in the Exchange reside at the conference hotel during the seven-day program (only accepted students will be notified of the hotel location). The hotel, located near downtown Beirut, is priced at $60 per person/per night, including all taxes and breakfast, for a shared double room (we will arrange for sharing). Single rooms are available for $100 per night. Note that we can also help arrange for less expensive, private housing near to the conference room which will be priced at approximately $40 per person, per night.

Airfare – $400, approximate from the European Union.

At the discretion of the student, tuition is 50% refundable up to three weeks before the program commences. (Airline tickets and accommodation should be purchased with travel insurance.)


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December 31, 2016 at 12:39 am

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