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 all sides.
The first Exchange was launched in June 2008 in Beirut, Lebanon. Now, several years on, over 350 students from 44 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 next Exchange will take place January 4-14 , 2015 in Beirut. For more information about the Twelfth Beirut Exchange, click here.