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Mideastwire.com & Partners Announce Four Upcoming Direct Engagement Conferences: Yemen, Erbil, Beirut and Tunis Exchanges

The Exchange is an effort by Mideastwire.com and its partners to promote professional and academic enrichment through a variety of small group, direct engagement conferences in the Middle East and North Africa. 

During their stay, typically lasting five days to one week, participants from around the world listen to and question leading intellectuals, activists and politicians representing an array of different points of view in a specific country.

The first Exchange was launched in June 2008 in Beirut, Lebanon. Now, nine years on, more than 550 people from 51 different countries have attended 35 different Exchanges in the region.

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UPCOMING EXCHANGES

April 12-16 – The 1st Yemen Exchange (Hosted in Beirut)
June 18-25 – The 18th Beirut Exchange (Hosted in Beirut)
July 1-8 – The 9th Tunis Exchange (Hosted in Tunis)
July 9-16 – The 1st Erbil Exchange (Hosted in Erbil)
June/July/August – Summer Arabic In Tunis
TBA: May 21-25 – The 1st Libya Exchange (Hosted in Tunis)

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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 and alumni comments, visit:

The Exchange
http://www.thebeirutexchange.com

Mideastwire.com
https://mideastwire.com/page/index.php

The Beirut Exchange Group on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/groups/10975175535/

The Tunis Exchange Group on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/groups/342217845855326/

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

Note that participation fee discounts are available for alumni of previous Exchanges as well as participants who wish to attend multiple Exchanges. For more information, please email info@mideastwire.com. Furthermore, all of our programs are funded on the basis of fees paid by the participants themselves: There is no government, private or non-profit support, an aspect that we believe provides a relatively neutral platform for dialogue and understanding.

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THE FIRST YEMEN EXCHANGE

April 12-16, 2017

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Application Deadline I March 15/Deadline II April 1, 2017
35 slots only/Rolling acceptance

The First Yemen Exchange (convened in Beirut, Lebanon) is co-hosted by the Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies (SCSS) and Mideastwire.com. During the five day program, participants from around the world will listen to and engage with Yemeni politicians, civil society figures and analysts, gaining direct and intensive insight into Yemen from several differing perspectives. As such, the Exchange is a fundamental part of SCSS’s attempt to increase the content, space and conversations on Yemen with the hope that increased dialogue and understanding will ultimately help to create the conditions for sustainable peace-building. The five day Yemen Exchange rests on two tracks:

Professional & Academic – Participants will attend a series of lectures led by prominent academics, analysts and activists from Yemen and the wider region. Themes will include, among others:

– The factors that spurred Yemen’s 2011 Arab Spring-inspired uprising;
– The underlying issues that doomed the internationally backed transition;
– The root causes of the rise of Yemen’s Houthi rebels;
– The diverse regional factors that increasingly drive Yemen’s conflict(s);
– The economic roots of unrest in Yemen;
– The role of regional actors in Yemen’s ongoing conflict(s);
– The rise of newly empowered actors in the ongoing civil war;
– The dynamics and shifts of Yemeni partisan politics in relation to armed groups;
– The humanitarian fallout from the war;
– The role of the media and civil society organizations;
– Youth politics and activism;
– The role played by women and the work done by Yemeni female activists.

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

INVITED INDIVIDUAL & INSTITUTIONAL SPEAKERS (Partial List Only):

NOTE: Accepted applicants will receive the full list of confirmed speakers one month prior to the opening of the Exchange, as well as readings pertinent to the sessions.

– Farea Muslimi, Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies/Middle East Institute
– Adam Baron, European Council on Foreign Relations
– Mustafa Noman, Writer/Former Diplomat
– Abdulghani al-Iryani, Independent Analyst
– Maged al-Madhaji, Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies
– Yezid Sayigh, Carnegie Middle East Center
– Ahmed Luqman, Director General of The Arab Labor Organization & Former Minister
– Ali Ashal, MP Al-Islah Party
– Bushra al-Maqtari, Yemeni Socialist Party
– Abdulrahman al-Saqqaf, Secretary General of the Yemeni Socialist Party
– Abu Bakr al-Qirbi, The General Peoples Congress Party/Frm. Minister of Foreign Affairs
– Abdullah Noman, Secretary General of the Yemeni Nasserist Party
– Khaldoun Bakuhail, Independent Politican
– Hussein al-Awadhi, Former Governor of al-Jawf and Tribal Leader
– Mansour Rageh, Central Bank of Yemen
– Jamila Ali Raja, Former Diplomat and Member of the National Dialogue Conference
– Wameedh Shakr, Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies
– Ghaida Al-Rashidi, Southern Activist
– The Houthis
– The Justice and Building Party

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Program Format:

The Yemen Exchange will be held over the five days at the conference room of Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Beirut, from 9am until 6pm. In order to promote small group dynamics, the number of participants will be capped at 35. Sessions themselves will be conducted on an individual rather than a panel basis for all speakers and will allow ample opportunity for question time (translation into English will be provided when necessary). All sessions will also be held under strict Chatham House rules, although we customarily work with our speakers to approve any quotes/references that participants may need for their own work.

Costs:

Participation Fee – $1,200; Reductions are available for alumni of our previous programs and those participants who register for more than one Exchange.

Accommodation – $115 for a single room per night at the five star Crowne Plaza Hotel under our group booking (breakfast, taxes and airport pickup are included). Shared rooms are also available (we will arrange for sharing with other participants) and are priced at $60 per participant.

Airfare – $500, approximate from the European Union.

About the Co-Directors:

Farea Al-Muslimi is chairman and co-founder of Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies and a non-resident fellow at both the Carnegie Middle East Center and Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. In August 2016, UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon appointed Al-Muslimi to the Advisory Group of Experts for Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security, a study mandated by UN Security Council Resolution 2250 to examine the positive contribution of youth to peace processes and conflict resolution and effective responses at local, national, regional and international levels. Al-Muslimi’s writings and analysis on Yemen and the wider region have been published in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, New York Times, The Independent, The Guardian, Al-Hayyat, As-Safir, Al-Monitor, as well as several other publications. In 2013, Foreign Policy named him to its list of Top 100 Global Thinkers, and in 2014 The Guardian named Al-Muslimi to its Top 30 under 30 list of young leaders in digital media around the world.

Adam Baron is a co-founder of the Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies as well as a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Baron is also a regular commentator on Yemeni affairs for media outlets including Al-Jazeera English, CNN, Foreign Policy and the BBC. Between 2011 and 2014, he was the Yemen correspondent for The Economist, the Christian Science Monitor and McClatchy Newspapers. He holds a bachelor of arts in Religion and Arab Studies from Williams College and a Masters Degree in International Peace and Security from the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London.

Nicholas Noe recently served as Regional Organizing Director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign in Michigan where he managed the Get Out The Vote (GOTV) operation for the crucial areas of Wayne County and Dearborn City. Previous to this, Mr. Noe lived in Beirut (2004-2016) and in Tunis (2012-2014) where he was a co-editor of the Heinrich Boell Foundation’s journal on the Middle East, Perspectives, and co-founder of the news translation service Mideastwire.com (2005-Present) covering the Middle East media. He regularly provides analysis and commentary for Al-Jazeera International, BBC and several US and European publications and is the author of a White Paper for the New America and Century Foundations entitled: “Re-Imagining the Lebanon Track: Towards a New US Policy.” He is also the editor of the 2007 book “Voice of Hezbollah: The Statements of Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah” and was a visiting fellow with the European Council on Foreign Relations in 2014. Mr. Noe graduated with honors from Cambridge University (MPhil, International Relations, 2006) where he was elected a scholar of Selwyn College and Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University (1999).

REQUEST AN APPLICATION via info@mideastwire.com

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THE EIGHTEENTH BEIRUT EXCHANGE

June 18-25, 2017

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Application Deadline 1 April 15/Deadline II May 25, 2017
20 slots only/Rolling acceptance

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

Professional & Academic – Participants will attend a series of lectures led by prominent academics, analysts and activists from Lebanon and the wider region. Themes will include, among others: 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; and the deployment of sectarianism.

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 Eighteenth 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.

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THE COMPLETED PROGRAM OF THE SIXTEENTH BEIRUT EXCHANGE:

NOTE: Accepted applicants will receive the full list of confirmed speakers one month prior to the opening of the Exchange, as well as readings pertinent to the sessions.

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

Thursday, January 12
9:30am – Nicholas Noe, Mideastwire.com 
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 
8:30am – Rami Khouri, AUB
11am – Farea Muslimi, Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies
12:30pm – Omar Nashabe, Consultant for Defense Counsel, STL
3:30pm – 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
12:30pm – May Akl, Free Patriotic Movement
2:30pm – Antoine Habchi, The Lebanese Forces
5pm – Mustapha Alloush, The Future Movement

Sunday, January 15
11:30am – Imran Riza, UNIFIL
2:30pm – 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
1:30pm – 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
2:30pm – Shadi Karam, Frm. Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister
4pm – Closing Session

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Program Format:

The Beirut Exchange will be held over the seven days in downtown Beirut and will open with an orientation and security briefing at 8pm on June 18. The Exchange will close by 2pm on June 25, although from June 19-24 we will generally convene from 9am until 7pm, including in locations outside of the conference hotel in Beirut. In order to promote small group dynamics, the number of participants will be capped at 20. Sessions themselves will be conducted on an individual rather than a panel basis for all speakers and will generally allow ample opportunity for question time (consecutive translation into English will be provided when necessary). All sessions will also be held under strict Chatham House rules, although we customarily work with our speakers to approve any quotes/references that participants may need for their own work. 

Costs:

Participation Fee – $900; Partial financial aid is available for those participants that can demonstrate need as well as alumni of our previous programs.

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

Airfare – $500, approximate from the European Union.

About the Co-Directors:

Yamen Soukkarieh graduated in 1999 with a Communication Media Degree from the Lebanese American University in Beirut. Since that time, he has worked as a producer and cameraman for numerous Lebanese and international media organizations, including with CNN, Arte and Al-Jazeera, among others.

Nicholas Noe is co-founder of the Beirut-based news translation service Mideastwire.com covering the Middle East media and the co-director of The Exchange program.

REQUEST AN APPLICATION via info@mideastwire.com

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THE NINTH TUNIS EXCHANGE

July 1-July 8, 2017

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Application Deadline I April 15/Deadline II May 25, 2017
20 slots only/Rolling acceptance

As with our other Exchanges, the seven-day program will engage participants from around the world in a multifaceted discussion of some of the key issues facing Tunisia and the wider region. The Tunis Exchange program specifically rests on two tracks this Summer:

Professional & Academic – Participants will attend a series of lectures led by prominent academics, analysts and activists from Tunisia and the wider region. Themes will include, among others:

– The history and internal transformations of Ennahda, including organizational and ideological evolution since the revolution;

– The post-revolutionary evolution of the UGTT, Tunisia’s powerful labor union, and its role in politics (including implications of its role as primary mediator in the National Dialogue of late 2013);

– The composition, platforms of, and alliances between major parties (including Jebha Chaabia, Nidaa Tounes and Afeq Tounes, among others);

– The state of the Tunisian economy, including regional inequalities, budget transparency and decentralization, etc.;

– Security sector reform and the response to terrorism;

– Institutional and legislative reform needs following the passage of Tunisia’s constitution, focusing particularly on reform of the Ministry of Interior (security sector) and Ministry of Justice (judicial sector), Tunisia’s two most problematic ministries;

– Human rights in the new Tunisia (addressing issues such as freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, status of women, use of torture and the terrorism debate);

– Salafism, its composition (political, quietist, jihadi) in Tunisia and its relationship to and implications for party politics, stability, and governance moving forward;

– Taking stock of what Tunisia has done regarding transitional justice, what steps are planned to realize the recently passed transitional justice law, and what more needs to be done;

– The role of the media and civil society organizations;

– Youth politics and activism within and outside formal party structure.

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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THE COMPLETED SCHEDULE OF THE EIGHTH TUNIS EXCHANGE:

NOTE: Accepted applicants will receive the full list of confirmed speakers one month prior to the opening of the Exchange, as well as readings pertinent to the sessions.

Tuesday, January 3
6pm – Opening Orientation & Security Briefing
7pm – Monica Marks, Oxford University

Wednesday, January 4
8am – Ouided Bouchamaoui, Tunisian Employers’ Association
10am – Amine Ghali, Al-Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center
11:45am – Lobna Jeribi, Solidar Tunisie
2:30pm – Chawki Tabib, National Anti-Corruption Commission
4pm – Moncef Marzouki, Al-Irada
6:30pm – Salwa el-Gantri, International Center for Transitional Justice

Thursday, January 5
9am – Filippo Di-Carpegna, UNDP
1pm – Lotfi Zeitoun, Ennahda
2pm – Rached Ghannouchi, Ennahda/MP Naoufel Jemali
4:30pm – Chafik Sarsar, Independent High Authority for Elections
6pm – Chokri Mabkhout, Manouba University
7pm – Noomane Fehri, Afek Tounes

Friday, January 6
8:30am – Olfa Lamloum, International Alert
10am – Meherzia Laabidi, Ennahda
2:30pm – Discussion section
4pm – Tadrek Laamouchi, Tunisian Assoc. for Management & Social Stability
5pm – Rachid Torkhani, Jebhat al-Islah
6pm – Moez Joudi, Tunisian Governance Association
7:30 – Tarek Kahlaoui, Al-Irada

Saturday, January 7
9am – Kamel Morjane, Al-Moubadara
11:30am – Malek Khadraoui, Inkyfada
2:45pm – Corrina Mullin, Tunis University
4pm – Farah Hached, Labo Démocratique
5:30pm – Wafa Ben Hassine, Access Now

Sunday, January 8
1pm – Chaima Bouhlel Al-Bawsala
3pm – Huda Mzioudet, Investigative Journalist
5pm – Thierry Bresillon, Le Monde Diplomatique
6:30pm – Achraf Aouadi, I-Watch

Monday, January 9
9:30 – Discussion Session
11:30 – Alfred Stepen, Columbia University
12:30 – The Truth and Dignity Commission
2pm – Sabrine Goubantini, Nidaa Tounes
4pm – Hafidha Chakir, Tunisian Association of Democratic Women
6pm – Salah Zeghidi, SOS Terrorism/UGTT 
8:30pm – Huda Slim, Machroua Tounes

Tuesday, January 10
9am – Khaled Zribi & Bilal Sahnoun, The Tunisian Stock Exchange
11:30am – Taieb Bakkouche, Arab Maghreb Union
12:30am – Selim Abdessalem, International Legal Assistance Consortium
1:30pm – Airport/End Program

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Program Format:

The Tunis Exchange will be held over the seven days in downtown Tunis and will open with an orientation and security briefing at 6pm on July 1. The Exchange will close by 2pm on July 8, although from July 2-7 we will generally convene from 9am until 7pm, including in locations outside of the conference hotel. In order to promote small group dynamics, the number of participants will be capped at 20. Sessions themselves will be conducted on an individual rather than a panel basis for all speakers and will generally allow ample opportunity for question time (consecutive translation into English will be provided when necessary). All sessions will also be held under strict Chatham House rules, although we customarily work with our speakers to approve any quotes/references that participants may need for their own work. 

Costs:

Participation Fee  – $900; Partial financial aid is available for those participants that can demonstrate need as well as alumni of our previous programs.

Accommodation – $350 for seven nights in a shared double room (we will arrange for sharing with other participants). Room rates at our conference hotel – IBIS/Novotel – vary depending on arrangements, but generally fall within the range of $60 per night, per student for a shared double room (breakfast, taxes and airport pickup are included). Alternative accommodation, including in a single room at IBIS (approximately $85 per night), is available upon request. Students are also welcome to arrange for their own housing.

Airfare – $300, approximate from the European Union.

About the Co-Directors:

Monica Marks is a North Africa analyst, Rhodes Scholar, and visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Her work, which focuses primarily on Islamism and institutional reform in Tunisia, has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed academic publications and news outlets including The Guardian, The New York Times, Foreign Policy as well as think tanks such as the Barcelona-based Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT), the Carnegie Endowment, and the Brookings Doha Center. A former Fulbright Scholar to Turkey, Ms. Marks returned there to work as an instructor at Istanbul’s Bogazici University in 2013 and again in 2014.  She is currently a doctoral candidate at St Antony’s College Oxford.

Nicholas Noe is co-founder of the Beirut-based news translation service Mideastwire.com covering the Middle East media and the co-director of The Exchange program.

REQUEST AN APPLICATION via info@mideastwire.com

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THE FIRST ERBIL EXCHANGE

July 9-16, 2017

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Application Deadline I May 1/Deadline II June 1, 2017
25 slots only/Rolling acceptance

The Erbil Exchange is co-hosted by the French Association Noria (www.noria-research.com), and Mideastwire.com. During the seven days in July, participants from all over the world will listen and engage local politicians, civil society figures and analysts. The aim is to provide direct and intensive insight from several differing perspectives into Erbil and Iraqi Kurdistan in general, as well as when it comes to the disputed areas between the Islamic State, Erbil and Baghdad. The seven-day Erbil Exchange program rests on two tracks:

Professional & Academic – Participants will attend a series of lectures led by prominent academics, analysts and activists from Erbil and the wider region. Themes will include, among others:

– The hegemony of the Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP);
– The KDP-Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) relationship inside the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG);
– The rise of the political op
– The relationship between the KRG and Baghdad;
– Kirkuk and the disputed territories;
– The political game around the Islamic State;
– The political dynamics of the battle for Mosul;
– Gender and politics in Kurdistan;
– NGO and the clientelist game;
– The place of Minorities in KRG and the Kurdish sectarian system;
– Shi’i militia structures;
– The PKK and the Struggle for Sinjar;
– Kurdish Iranian parties in KRG;
– The Kurdish political parties and the Syrian Civil War.

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

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INVITED INDIVIDUAL & INSTITUTIONAL SPEAKERS (Partial List Only):

NOTE: Accepted applicants will receive the full list of confirmed speakers one month prior to the opening of the Exchange, as well as readings pertinent to the sessions.

The Kurdish Democratic Party
Hesmat Rejat, Director of the ex-PDK office in Mosul
Hemen Hawrami, Head of the Office of Foreign Relations KDP
Sheikh Shamo Shekho Namoo, MP at the Kurdish Parliament
Khasro Goran, Ex-Deputy Governor of Ninewa
The Barzani Foundation
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan
Saadi Ahmed Pire, Member of the Political Office of PUK
Khaled Shwani, PUK Member
Adnan Mufti, PUK Political Office Member
Rizgar Ali, Head of PUK-Erbil
Halo Penjweeni, Head PUK-Mosul
The Goran Party
Awad Amin, Independent Kurd (ex-Goran)
Kurdistan University
Duhoc University
Salahadin University
The American University of Kurdistan
Bayar Dosky, American University of Kurdistan
Sheikh Adjmi, Hawija
Hatem Taï, Political Analyst (Kirkuk)
Atheel al-Nujayfi, Mosul
Amar Kaya, Advisor of ex-Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaffari
Riyaz Sarikahya, President of the Turkmeneli Party (Kirkuk)
Chevan Hussein, Leader of the Kurdish Democratic Party for Syria (PDKS)
Khaled Domlee, Journalist
Jabar Qader, Director of Hawler Newspaper

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Program Format:

The Erbil Exchange will be held over seven days at the conference room of the Dedeman Hotel in Erbil and will open with an orientation and security briefing at 6pm on July 9. The Exchange will close by 2pm on July 16, although from July 10-15 we will generally convene from 9am until 7pm, including in locations outside of the conference hotel in Erbil. In order to promote small group dynamics, the number of participants will be capped at 25. Sessions themselves will be conducted on an individual rather than a panel basis for all speakers and will generally allow ample opportunity for question time (translation into English will be provided when necessary). All sessions will also be held under strict Chatham House rules, although we customarily work with our speakers to approve any quotes/references that participants may need for their own work. 

Costs:

Participation Fee – $900; Reductions are available for alumni of our previous programs and those participants who register for more than one Exchange.

Accommodation – $100 for a single room per night at the Dedeman Hotel under our group booking only (breakfast, taxes and airport pickup are included). Shared double rooms are also available upon request and are priced at $60 per participant (we will arrange for sharing with other participants).

Airfare – $700, approximate from the European Union.

About the Co-Directors:

Arthur Quesnay is Assistant Researcher and PhD Research Fellow in Political Science at the ERC-funded Sociology of Civil Wars program at the Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Paris 1) since 2015. He was previously (2010-2014) a Junior Research Fellow in Iraq at the Institut français du Proche-Orient (IFPO). His doctoral thesis focuses on sectarian conflicts in Northern Iraq, where he conducted extensive fieldwork since 2009. He has also conducted parallel fieldwork in Libya (2011-2012) and Syria (2012-2013 and 2016) with insurgent groups. Taken together, his work highlights social and political transformation through the Middle East Civil Wars. As co-director of Noria MENA Programme, Mr. Quesnay calls for social scientists to adopt new methodological and conceptual approaches to understanding these extreme situations and for combining micro and macro analyses.

Robin Beaumont is a PhD candidate in Political Studies at the Paris-based École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). A former student at École Normale Supérieure (ENS, Paris), he joined the European Research Council-funded program WAFAW in 2014, and is currently based in Amman, Jordan, as an associate to the French Institute for Near Eastern Studies (Ifpo). His research explores the reconfigurations of Shia political authority in post-2003 Iraq through a study of the structure of, and relationships between, the religious field (marja’iyya), the Iraqi State, and the various Shia militias.

Nicholas Noe is co-founder of the Beirut-based news translation service Mideastwire.com covering the Middle East media and the co-director of The Exchange program.

REQUEST AN APPLICATION via info@mideastwire.com

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SUMMER ARABIC IN TUNIS

June/July/August

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The ACT Center is pleased to partner with Mideastwire.com and offer students from around the world the opportunity to study Arabic this Summer in the vibrant heart of downtown Tunis!

SUMMER COURSE OFFERINGS:

1) Summer Term 1 – May 29-June 23
2) Summer Term 2 – July 3-July 28
3) Summer Term 3 – July 31-August 25

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Modern Standard Arabic:

— Weekday Mornings 9am-12pm/Monday-Friday (20 days);
— 60 hours total;
— $390 tuition per term;
— Small group MSA classes (from 3-6 students) are available at the following levels: 

* Beginner (Alif Baa+Al-Kitaab 1, Units 1-7)
* High-Beginner (Al-Kitaab 1, Units 8-14)
* Intermediate (Al-Kitaab 1, Units 15-20+ACT Media Book 1)
* High-Intermediate (Al-Kitaab 2+ACT Media Book 2)
* Advanced (Al-Kitaab 3+ACT Media Book 3)

Tunisian Dialect:

— Weekday Afternoons 2pm-4pm/Monday-Friday (20 days);
— 40 hours total;
— $260 tuition per term;
— Small group Tunisian Dialect classes (from 3-6 students) are available at the following levels: 

* Beginner Tunisian Dialect (ACT Dialect Book 1)
* Intermediate Tunisian Dialect (ACT Dialect Book 2)
* Advanced Tunisian Dialect (Media & Politics Immersion)

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APPLICATION DEADLINE I APRIL 1/DEADLINE II MAY 1

— Limited spaces available/Rolling acceptance
— Email actcenter.contact@gmail.com to sign up!

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About Us:

Since its establishment in 2013, ACT has steadily risen to become one of the leading Arabic language schools in the Middle East and North Africa. Located in the Tunisian capital, Tunis, ACT offers semi-intensive and intensive group/individual classes for students from around the world throughout the year. ACT’s teaching team is composed of highly qualified teachers from Tunisia and the wider region, specializing in local dialects as well as formal Arabic instruction. Led by its director, Mohammed Labidi, ACT also regularly conducts language classes for the NGO community, foreign embassies and journalists. Like Us on Facebook and please email actcenter.contact@gmail.com for more information if you have any additional queries.

Mideastwire.com is an Internet-based news service that employs a team of translators around the region to gather important stories from and about the Middle East. Established in Beirut, Lebanon in June 2005, we cover news from all 22 Arab countries, Iran, and the Arab media Diaspora generally. Thus our reach extends across the North Africa region as well as to the UK and other countries that host Pan-Arab media. For more information, including in regards to our politics conferences in the region, please visit www.mideastwire.com.

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