Middle East News – May 17th

Gaza, where Israel has recently begun military exercises again

-Iran has begun to covertly ship weapons to the Syrian government, in violation of a UN ban – CNN

– A new Al Qaeda video in the organization’s new stronghold of Yemen reveals underlying regional suspicion that the Yemeni government is merely a United States puppet – CNN

– Israel has begun military operations near the Gaza Strip, leading some to believe hostilities may reignite in the area – CNN

– Iraq’s version of Guantanamo Bay (roughly) is still open over a year after the government said it had shut down,  human rights groups say – CNN

– Tensions between Turkey and Israel have increased again after an Israeli jet flew into Turkish air space – BBC

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International Programs in Turkey and Lebanon – Summer 2012

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Politics in the Field
Turkey Exchange (Istanbul & Ankara)/July 5-15 2012

Politics in the Field, an initiative of the International Forum for Democracy and Peace, offers a unique political trip to Turkey to experience the country’s newly ascertained political culture, economic power, and regional as well as international role in the world, first hand. Turkey seeks to pursue an active role in its region, however, the debates about Turkey’s newly proactive foreign policy are predominantly carried out by western and global media outlets. The participants will be allowed to make their own decisions about Turkey’s new political role via dialogue with some of Turkey’s leaders themselves.

The Turkey trip will take place in Istanbul and Ankara. Downtown accommodation, domestic transportation, and all meetings/visits will be covered via the program fee, while participants will be expected to arrange their own round-trip flights from their home cities to Istanbul.

The Turkey trip will focus on the role of  Turkey in the Arab Spring, Turkey ahead of it’s new constitution, Turkey and the Kurdish question and Turkey’s much debated new foreign policy in regard to its position on the Syrian crisis.

The participants will have a series of round table meetings, and field trips in both cities. The trip will include;

* Meetings with MP’s from all political parties represented in the parliament, and high level bureaucrats; NGO’s; Syrian opposition representatives in Turkey; Academics; and interest group representatives.

* Additionally, there will be opportunities for an exchange of ideas with minority leaders; Visits to religious institutions; Lunch/dinner meetings with journalists; Guided field trips to historical, religious, and political landmarks; and visits to media institutions.

Politics in the Field is now forming the schedule from the pool of institutions below and independent academics, experts and journalists:

AK Party
CHP – Republican People’s Party
MHP – Nationalist Movement Party
BDP- Peace and Democracy Party
Turkish Airlines
Ministry for European Union Affairs of Turkey
Istanbul Municipality

US Consulate in Istanbul

Istanbul Bilgi University

Hagia Sophia

MUSIAD

TUSIAD

Religious Affairs Department of Turkey

HABERTURK TV

Skyturk TV

Anitkabir

SETA

TIKA

Istanbul Modern

Galata Mevlevihanesi (Rumi House)

Topkapı Palace

Beyoglu Municipality

Jewish Community of Turkey

Armenian Community of Turkey

Greek Community of Turkey

Turkish Grand Assembly

TOKI – State owned construction firm

Invest in Turkey – Turkish Prime Ministry

Istanbul 2020

Istanbul Stock Exchange

HSBC Bank

Is Investment

 

The Turkey Exchange (Istanbul & Ankara) will take place July 5-15 2012. The participation fee is $2,000 and includes domestic transportation, accommodation in Istanbul and Ankara, and various expenses regarding the visits.

To request an application, email: participate@politicsinthefield.com

The application deadline is May 21, 2012

 

http://www.politicsinthefield.com

Politics in the Field is an initiative of the International Forum for Democracy and Peace

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The Learning to CARE Institute is pleased to inform you about a special opportunity for youth (18-30) of Lebanese heritage from throughout the world to participate in the Heritage Volunteer Program. This 3-week program (June 25th-July 16th) will include learning, volunteering, and touring on a program especially designed for youth from the Lebanese diaspora. Participants will learn about Lebanese culture and history, gain a better understanding of the Lebanese migration experience, see many different areas of the country and make their own contribution to Lebanese society.

The group will stay in three different base camps for a week each – in the mountains, the Bekaa valley, and Beirut – from which they will go out to volunteer, tour, and interact with the different people of Lebanon. An important feature of the program will be the opportunity for participants to get to know other youth of Lebanese heritage from many different countries as well as youth from different parts of Lebanon itself.

The director of the Learning to CARE Institute and coordinator of this program, Dr. Patricia Nabti, is a cultural anthropologist with a focus on the Arab World who has taught at both Stanford University and the American University of Beirut, and has done important research on Lebanese migration worldwide. She has become a world-class specialist on volunteerism, and is currently the regional representative to the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) for the Arab nations. Patricia has addressed many Beirut Exchanges on the subject of volunteering and civil society in Lebanon.

For more information about the Heritage Volunteer Program, visit http://www.ecovoluntours.com and to learn more about the Learning to CARE Institute, visit http://www.learningtocare.com.

American Research Institute in Turkey Fellowship Opportunities

ARIT RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS 2013-2014

American Research Institute in Turkey / National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Fellowships for Research in Turkey, 2013-2014.  ARIT/NEH Advanced Fellowships cover all fields of the humanities, including prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature, and linguistics as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history for applicants who have completed their academic training. The fellowships may be held for terms ranging from four months to a full year.  Stipends range from $16,800 to 50,400.

 

ARIT Fellowships for Research in Turkey, 2013-2014, pending funding.  ARIT Fellowships are offered for research in ancient, medieval, or modern times, in any field of the humanities and social sciences.  Post-doctoral and advanced doctoral fellowships may be held for various terms, from one to three months up to terms of a year.  Stipends range from $4,000 to $16,000.

 

Applications for ARIT fellowships must be submitted to ARIT before November 1, 2012.  The fellowship committee will notify applicants by late January, 2013.

ARIT LANGUAGE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS 2013, pending funding.

 

ARIT – Princeton Summer Fellowships for Intensive Advanced Turkish Language at Bogazici University, Istanbul, summer 2013, pending funding.  The program supports intensive study of advanced Turkish language at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, including air fare, tuition, and stipend.  The application deadline is February 1.

 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE PROGRAM IN TURKISH LANGUAGE

 Critical Language Scholarship Institutes in Turkish Language.  The program provides support for intensive study of Turkish language at all levels, including air fare, tuition, and stipend.  Courses are held in several locations in Turkey.  The competition is administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.  For more information, please see the program website at http://www.clscholarship.org/index.html.  The application deadline is around November 1 – exact date to be announced.

Document with further contacts and information

Arabic, Persian, Turkish Language Immersion Institute – Summer 2012

The UW-Madison Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Immersion Institute (APTLII) is an eight-week intensive summer language immersion program for undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. Courses are offered for academic credit at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels (depending on sufficient enrollment). Outside of the classroom, students commit to using their target language at all times – in their shared living space on campus, at meals, and at co-curricular activities that combine to create a language immersion experience.

Each language class is equivalent to two semesters of study, with full academic year credit. Instruction is given in small groups taught by native speakers and experienced language teachers. The classes are intensive, involving a minimum of 4.5 hours contact hours Mondays through Fridays, plus extra hours for homework.

In addition to formal classes, on most afternoons and evenings students participate in co-curricular activities covering a range of topics relating to the history and culture of the region. This combination of formal classes, cultural and language activities, movies, field trips, and language tables provide students with opportunities to expand their vocabulary and practice using the language in different settings.

Visit the website for more information about this exciting language immersion opportunity.

Internships Opportunities in the Middle East for Summer 2012

Here are two great opportunities for Middle East Studies students to utilize their education in an international setting this summer

– Politics in the Field

Turkey Exchange (Istanbul & Ankara)/July 5-15 2012

Politics in the Field, an initiative of the International Forum for Democracy and Peace, offers a unique political trip to Turkey to experience the country’s newly ascertained political culture, economic power, and regional as well as international role in the world, first hand. Turkey seeks to pursue an active role in its region, however, the debates about Turkey’s newly proactive foreign policy are predominantly carried out by western and global media outlets. The participants will be allowed to make their own decisions about Turkey’s new political role via dialogue with some of Turkey’s leaders themselves.

The Turkey trip will take place in Istanbul and Ankara. Downtown accommodation, domestic transportation, and all meetings/visits will be covered via the program fee, while participants will be expected to arrange their own round-trip flights from their home cities to Istanbul.

The Turkey trip will focus on the role of  Turkey in the Arab Spring, Turkey ahead of it’s new constitution, Turkey and the Kurdish question and Turkey’s much debated new foreign policy in regard to its position on the Syrian crisis.

The participants will have a series of round table meetings, and field trips in both cities. The trip will include;

* Meetings with MP’s from all political parties represented in the parliament, and high level bureaucrats; NGO’s; Syrian opposition representatives in Turkey; Academics; and interest group representatives.

* Additionally, there will be opportunities for an exchange of ideas with minority leaders; Visits to religious institutions; Lunch/dinner meetings with journalists; Guided field trips to historical, religious, and political landmarks; and visits to media institutions.

Politics in the Field is now forming the schedule from the pool of institutions below and independent academics, experts and journalists:

AK Party
CHP – Republican People’s Party
MHP – Nationalist Movement Party
BDP- Peace and Democracy Party
Turkish Airlines
Ministry for European Union Affairs of Turkey
Istanbul Municipality

US Consulate in Istanbul

Istanbul Bilgi University

Hagia Sophia

MUSIAD

TUSIAD

Religious Affairs Department of Turkey

HABERTURK TV

Skyturk TV

Anitkabir

SETA

TIKA

Istanbul Modern

Galata Mevlevihanesi (Rumi House)

Topkapı Palace

Beyoglu Municipality

Jewish Community of Turkey

Armenian Community of Turkey

Greek Community of Turkey

Turkish Grand Assembly

TOKI – State owned construction firm

Invest in Turkey – Turkish Prime Ministry

Istanbul 2020

Istanbul Stock Exchange

HSBC Bank

Is Investment

 

The Turkey Exchange (Istanbul & Ankara) will take place July 5-15 2012. The participation fee is $2,000 and includes domestic transportation, accommodation in Istanbul and Ankara, and various expenses regarding the visits.

To request an application, email: participate@politicsinthefield.com

The application deadline is May 7, 2012

 

http://www.politicsinthefield.com

Politics in the Field is an initiative of the International Forum for Democracy and Peace

**********
The Learning to CARE Institute is pleased to inform you about a special opportunity for youth (18-30) of Lebanese heritage from throughout the world to participate in the Heritage Volunteer Program. This 3-week program (June 25th-July 16th) will include learning, volunteering, and touring on a program especially designed for youth from the Lebanese diaspora. Participants will learn about Lebanese culture and history, gain a better understanding of the Lebanese migration experience, see many different areas of the country and make their own contribution to Lebanese society.

The group will stay in three different base camps for a week each – in the mountains, the Bekaa valley, and Beirut – from which they will go out to volunteer, tour, and interact with the different people of Lebanon. An important feature of the program will be the opportunity for participants to get to know other youth of Lebanese heritage from many different countries as well as youth from different parts of Lebanon itself.

The director of the Learning to CARE Institute and coordinator of this program, Dr. Patricia Nabti, is a cultural anthropologist with a focus on the Arab World who has taught at both Stanford University and the American University of Beirut, and has done important research on Lebanese migration worldwide. She has become a world-class specialist on volunteerism, and is currently the regional representative to the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) for the Arab nations. Patricia has addressed many Beirut Exchanges on the subject of volunteering and civil society in Lebanon.

For more information about the Heritage Volunteer Program, visit http://www.ecovoluntours.com and to learn more about the Learning to CARE Institute, visit http://www.learningtocare.com.

Turkish Night Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

This Sunday the Madison Association of Turkish Students will be hosting a Turkish Night at 6:00 pm in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.  There will be Turkish food, music, dancing and other activities and admission will be free.  All UW students are welcome to attend this event whether they know anything or nothing about Turkish culture previously.  It will be a good opportunity to either learn more about a new culture or enjoy a culture you are already enamored with and a part of.  

Turkish Studies Lecture on Tuesday April 17th, 2012

Next week the Center for Turkish Studies and the Madison Association of Turkish Students will be presenting a lecture entitled “The Never-Ending Peace Talks and the Future of Cyprus” given by Birol Yesilada.  It will take place on Tuesday April 17th at 4:00 pm in 5233 Humanities.  Birol is a professor of Political Science and International Studies at Portland State University and will be speaking about the past, present and future political climate in Cyprus, home to one of the more unknown civil conflicts of the past couple decades.

Don’t miss this chance to learn more about this hot button issue and what direction Professor Yesilada believes the conflict (or hopefully peace) takes in the near future.