THE TENTH BEIRUT EXCHANGE
August 12-19, 2013/Application Deadline I July 15, 2013/Deadline II July 31, 2013
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 academics 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.
NOTE: Due to the current security situation in Lebanon, the Tenth Beirut Exchange will restrict its meetings and activities primarily within the Greater Beirut area.
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
·Mohammad Shattah, Frm. Republic of Lebanon
·Milos Struger, UNIFIL
·Fawwaz Traboulsi, AUB
Tuition - $1,300; 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 $350-$450 for the duration of the seven-day program (shared double room, including breakfast). Alternative accommodation is available upon request, although most lectures will be held in the conference room of the Cavalier Hotel.
Airfare - $700, approximate from the European Union.
Tuition is 75% refundable up to one week before the program commences should the situation in Lebanon warrant a cancellation by Mideastwire.com. (Airline tickets and accommodation should be purchased with travel insurance.)
View a previous program for the Beirut Exchange here