The Foundation for International Education + AMIDEAST

The Foundation for International Education and AMIDEAST have partnered to offer an expanded summer 2012 program, Peace and Conflict Resolution in the Middle East and Beyond, now including the opportunity to study Intensive Arabic Language if your student chooses. We have added new scholarship support for the program, Amman homestays, and a study tour to Northern Ireland during the time students are in London.


There are now two scholarship opportunities for students:

· Your students may apply for the London-Amman Summer Study Abroad Scholarship Program for a $1000 scholarship program.

· Additionally we have just received a grant to award additional scholarship funding, in the amount of $2000 additional dollars.

Both these scholarships are described and applications are available for them on the FIE Scholarships page<> – please scroll down the page to London-Amman scholarship information. Some of your students may be eligible to apply for Diversity Network and Gilman Scholarships as well to help them attend this program. Both are described on the scholarships page.


In this unique program students focus on the theory of conflict resolution while in London, utilizing the Irish Troubles as a case study, and meeting with academicians as well as with practitioners who negotiated the Northern Ireland/U.K. settlement. They take this lens to Amman, Jordan, to examine the Arab-Israeli conflict, but also the many other critical regional conflicts, including issues with Syria, Iraq and Iran, Lebanon, and Yemen as well as the ever important inter-tribal conflict which impacts the region. In Amman students again meet with academicians who bring multiple perspectives to the table, as well as political, tribal and cultural leaders, in an effort to understand the complexity of the region, its challenges, and opportunities and obstacles embedded in peace negotiations. Students can then choose to stay in Amman for an intensive Arabic semester course in Beginning, Mid-level and Advanced Modern Standard Arabic.


Dr. Paul Arthur is Professor of Politics and former Director of the Graduate Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Ulster. Dr. Zaid Eyadat is associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Jordan and the chairperson of Human Rights and Human Development department. You may read a letter from the faculty about this program:

A Note From the Faculty<>

MORE INFORMATION: Please click here for an update on the program<>, including course descriptions and syllabi, faculty vita, study tour descriptions, and more. You may view a video made by a student in the inaugural 2011 program:
Participant Reflects on the 2011 Program<>

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Study-Abroad Opportunity

Al-Quds Bard Study Abroad Program
Abu Dis, Palestine

This distinctive program offers intellectually curious students an unparalleled academic experience: the chance to study with Palestinian students at a college dedicated to the pursuit of intellectual inquiry, the promotion of critical thinking, and the open exchange of ideas and opinions . The Al-Quds Bard College for Liberal Arts and Sciences — located in Abu Dis, a neighborhood divided from East Jerusalem by the separation wall — is at the vanguard of liberal education Palestine. As a result, it is a dynamic and intriguing location to spend a semester abroad.

Participants in the Al-Quds Bard Study Abroad Program will:

• Attend academically challenging classes taught in a seminar style, including courses analyzing a range of discourses surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict;
• Build meaningful connections with Palestinian students, both inside and outside of the classroom;
• Sharpen Arabic language skills, acquiring the vocabulary necessary to navigate daily life;
• Undertake an internship, putting into practice theories and ideas from readings and classroom debates; and
• Live in Ramallah, a vibrant Palestinian city, and participate in a wide range of cultural activities.
Application Deadlines

April 1st Fall 2012 Semester
November 1st Spring 2013 Semester

Generous scholarships are available for students with financial need.

For more information:

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FILM: “The Battle of Algiers”, 6:30 P.M. Olin LC 115, Wed. 2/8

The Battle of Algiers

directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966



Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, this 1966 film caused intense controversy on its initial release, and was banned in many Western countries. Since then, it has become an iconic film depicting the struggle of anticolonial revolt against imperial oppression in all its blood, sweat, and tragedy. It is the story of an Algerian man who rises up against the myriad quotidian repressions of life under French colonial rule to become a hero of the revolution. It is a beautiful movie, shot largely on-site in Algiers. It was nominated for Oscars in two separate years. Run time 121 min.

Olin LC 115, 6:30 P.M., Wed. 2/8

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Khalil Shikaki

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011
4:40 pm
Olin 203

Khalil Shikaki is the Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, on the West Bank. His surveys of Palestinian opinion over the past 20 years have made leaders across the political spectrum uncomfortable at one time or another, but they are widely regarded as the authoritative standard.  Likewise, his organization is now doing important work on the state of opinion and on government openness throughout the Arab world. Shikaki completed a doctorate in political science at Columbia in 1985; besides the reports on some one hundred public opinion surveys, he is the author of numerous papers on the conflict in publications such as Foreign Affairs and The Journal of Palestine Studies. Among numerous other special reports, he was one of the two principal co-authors of Strengthening Palestinian Public Institutions (Council of Foreign Relations 1999) and of Palestinian and Israeli Public Opinion: the Public Imperative in the Second Intifada (Indiana Un. Press, 2010).

Sponsored by: Middle Eastern Studies, Jewish Studies and the Levy Economics Institute

For more information please contact Kathleen Mullaly at ext. 7710 or

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FILM. “The Yacoubian Building”. 6:30 P.M. Wednesday, Nov. 30. Olin LC 115.

Cairo through Cinema: “The Yacoubian Building”

Wednesday, November 30th

6:30 P.M. Olin LC 115

“The Yacoubian Building”
directed by Marwan Hamed, Egypt, 2006
161 min.

“Cairo: a 70-year-old building of once-luxury flats with tenements on the roof. Zika, an aging libertine, feuds with his sister. Pius Haj Azzam takes a second wife, in secret, to satisfy sexual drive within religious bounds. Bothayna, poor and beautiful, supports her family, wanting to do so with dignity intact. Her former fiancé, Taha, the janitor’s son, humiliated by the police, turns to fundamentalism. Hatem, a gay editor, seduces and corrupts a young man from the sticks. Two brothers, Copts, one a tailor and one Zika’s factotum, connive for property. Allah is on most everyone’s lips, and corruption is in their hearts. European values, both refined and worldly, provide a subtext.”


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OPEN HOUSE | Wednesday, November 16 4-6p.m. | Olin LC 208

Middle Eastern Studies

**Open House**

Wednesday November 16 4-6pm

Come and meet MES faculty and students. Find out about Spring courses and study abroad programs.

Refreshments will be served.

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LECTURE | Syria and the Arab Uprisings | Wednesday, November 9 · 6:30pm – 8:30pm | OLIN LC 115

Middle Eastern Studies Speaker Series

“Syria and the Arab Uprisings”

Bassam Haddad, Assistant Professor, Department of Public and International Affairs, Director of the Middle East Studies Program, George Mason University

Wednesday, November 9 · 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Olin LC 115

After eight months of protests and violent regime response, the fate of the uprising in Syria continues to be intractable. With a highly cohesive regime at the top and a heterogeneous society that has failed to mount sustained and widespread collective action, we are faced with a stalemate that defies ready-made scenarios. In this talk Bassam Haddad will address some of the structural causes and dynamics of the Syrian uprisings, in order to shed light on possible outcomes.

Co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program, Center for Civic Engagement and Political Studies Program.

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LECTURE | New Muslim Elites In Istanbul | Tuesday, November 1 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm | OLIN LC 115

“Bourgeois Piety On the Exurban Periphery: Gated Communities and New Muslim Elites In Istanbul”

Jeremy F Walton, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, New York University

In recent years, anthropologists of religion have become increasingly attentive to the transformative relationship between new arrangements of public and private space, on the one hand, and practices and discourses of piety, on the other. From suburban mega-churches to transnational Islamic banking, contemporary formations of piety both presuppose and constitute new social and political geographies. Walton relies on fieldwork conducted in the gated community of Beylikdüzü, located on the outskirts of Istanbul, to broach a broad ensemble of questions concerning the relationship among urban space, class, and Islam in Turkey. Most generally, how does the site of the exurban gated community constitute a crucible for the forging of a sociability and collective identity that is both bourgeois and Muslim? What practices and self-conceptions coordinate Islam and class on the urban periphery? Finally, how do different scales and ideologies of space—the intimacy of the bourgeois home, the gendered and kin-based social networks within the community, the ideologically figured pious homogeneity of the neighborhood, and the potentially treacherous heterogeneity of the city as a whole—inflect, ground and authorize Muslim identity and Islamic practice? In pursuit of these questions, Walton analyzes a variety of ethnographic material, including interviews conducted with neighborhood residents and mass media speculations about class, urbanity and Islam in Istanbul more generally.

This event is part of the Environmental and Urban Studies Colloquium

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FILM | “Terrorism and Kebab” | Wednesday, November 2 · 6:30pm – 8:30pm | Olin LC 115

Film Series: Cairo Through Cinema

“Terrorism and Kebab”

Wednesday, November 2 · 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Olin LC 115

Directed by Sherif Arafa
Egypt, 1992, 105mins
Arabic with English subtitles

“Terrorism and Kebab” is a farce denouncing the absurdity of bureaucracy in modern Egypt. Adel Imam, Egypt’s leading comic actor, is a father who wants to move his son to a school closer to home. He goes to El-Mugamaa, the center of Cairo’s monolithic bureaucracy, to pick up the required documents. Frustrated by the lack of response, he ends up attacking a fundamentalist official and, when armed police respond to the situation, a machine gun accidentally finds its way into Imam’s hands.

As a terrorist, his demands to the Minister of Internal Affairs are simple: Shish Kebab made of high-class lamb. After having a hearty meal with his hostages, however, his demands become more political.

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FILM | “Adrift on the Nile” | Wednesday, October 19 · 6:30pm | Olin LC115

Film Series: Cairo Through Cinema

Cairo Through Cinema: “Adrift on the Nile”

Wednesday, October 19 · 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Olin LC115

“Adrift on the Nile”
Directed by Hussein Kamal
Egypt, 1971, 115mins
Arabic with English subtitles

In “Adrift on the Nile” we meet a group of hedonistic middle-aged friends who gather each night on a luxurious houseboat for dancing, love-making and smoking hashish. When a young news reporter visits the houseboat to write a story on the group, she is outraged to learn the tragic depths of their social alienation.

Based on the novel by the Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz, this 1971 production offers a revealing look at the Egyptian elite on the eve of the 1967 War. By this time, Nasser had ushered in an age of enormous social change, leaving the sons and daughters of the old bourgeoisie high and dry.

Directed by Hussein Kamal, “Adrift on the Nile” features the atmospheric cinematography of Mostapha Emam and a delightful musical number in color.

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