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November 17-24, 2012/Application deadline October 20, 2012. 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 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.

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.

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:


Tuition - $1,250; 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 $300-$400 for the duration of the program (including breakfast). Alternative accommodation is available upon request, although most lectures will be held in the conference room of the Cavalier Hotel and across the street at our partner organization

Airfare - $600, approximate from the European Union.

Tuition is 50% refundable up to two weeks before the program commences should the situation in Lebanon warrant a cancellation by (Airline tickets and accommodation should be purchased with travel insurance.)


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