The 7th Yemen Exchange
Upcoming virtual event organized by the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies and The Exchange Foundation
Promoting professional and academic enrichment through direct engagement conferences in Western Asia & North Africa
The Exchange Foundation is a New York State registered 501(c)3 charitable organization. Donations support our Scholarship Fund for participants from around the world who will deepen the social, political and geographic diversity of the Exchange and who can demonstrate both financial need and a deep interest in the country where the Exchange takes place. All donations are tax deductible for US taxpayers.
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After an almost four year hiatus, the 20th Beirut Exchange Conference will take place online over 10 days, November 29-December 3 (Monday-Friday) and December 6-10 (Monday-Friday) from 9am-12:30pm (Eastern Standard Time) via Zoom.
November 29 - December 3 & December 6 - 10, 2021
To be held virtually over eight Thursday and Saturday mornings (EST time), in partnership with Georgetown University's Democracy and Governance Center.
May 27-June 19, 2021
(Applications are now open)
(Applications now closed)
The Exchange Foundation is an effort by the non-profit, 501 (C)3 Foundation for Global Political Exchange to promote professional and academic enrichment through a variety of small group, direct engagement conferences in Western Asia and North Africa.
During their stay, typically lasting five days to one week, participants from around the world listen to and question leading intellectuals, activists and politicians representing an array of different points of view in a specific country.
The first Exchange was launched in June 2008 in Beirut, Lebanon. Now, thirteen years on, more than 850 people from 51 different countries have attended 40 different Exchanges in the region.
Crucially, all funding for the Exchange comes from only two sources: The participants themselves who pay the participation fee or scholarship recipients who benefit from individual, charitable contributions designed specifically to broaden the social, political and geographic diversity of each Exchange table. As such, there is no government, commercial or non-profit support, an aspect that we believe provides a relatively neutral platform for dialogue and understanding.
Listen to and question leading intellectuals, activists and politicians from the Arab world
Broad social, political and geographic diversity of speakers
Creating a neutral platform for dialogue and understanding
More than 850 participants, 51 countries, 40 different Exchanges
The best immersion course on a country in transition I’ve seen.
Dr. Alfred Stepan
Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University
Time-tested technique and tactful diplomacy enables The Exchange to achieve an environment conducive to attention, dialogue and reflection.
Dr. Jalel Harchaoui
Research Fellow of the Conflict Research Unit of the Clingendael Institute
There could not exist a more thorough and intensive immersion into Lebanese history and politics than The Exchange.
Phd. candidate at UC Berkley
A well-oiled program that brings you an impressive number and selection of speakers from across the spectrum. Worth every penny!
I learned more in my 10 days at the Beirut Exchange than in any university course! This was a wonderful experience filled with fascinating speakers.
Senior Programs Advisor on Women, Peace, and Security, U.S. Department of State
CBS News reporter
Illuminating and life changing experience. I will recall the Exchange as one of the most authentic educational experiences of my life.
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Intensive & Immersive Courses on Western Asia & North Africa
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Gain direct insight and rare first-hand knowledge about the country from a wide range of perspectives.
Engage with speakers during the sessions and connect with them after the Exchange.
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Participants will have the opportunity to meet, listen and engage leading social, political and economic actors from across the spectrum in Western Asia and North Africa
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