The Exchange

The Exchange

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The Exchange is an effort by Mideastwire.com 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 a variety of different sides.

The first Exchange was launched in June 2008 in Beirut, Lebanon. Now, several years on, almost 400 students from 48 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 following four Exchanges will be offered over the coming months:

* The GCC Exchange (Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Doha), June 6-June 14
* The 3rd Turkey Exchange (Istanbul & Ankara), June 21-July 4
* The 14th Beirut Exchange (Two Week Program), July 5-July 19
* The 6th Tunis Exchange, July 21-July 31

Participant testimonials:

This was an insightful and thought provoking exchange in the midst of various challenges in Lebanon.  – Jan Wilkens, Beirut ‘14, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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