POMED is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for our upcoming series of conferences in the Middle East.  These will bring together young American and European professionals with reformists working in the Middle East to examine political reform dynamics in Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt and the role of U.S. foreign policy on the prospects for reform in those countries.  Ultimately, the conferences will produce recommendations for U.S. policymakers on how to improve the American impact in the region and how to more effectively and constructively support democracy.

Each conference will include panel discussions from Arab and American experts on U.S. foreign policy initiatives, assessments of the state of political reform in the region, and the role of the U.S. and Europe in assisting this reform.  Primary topics of discussion will include: Elections & Political Processes; Religious Freedom and Inclusion; Women’s Rights and Empowerment; and Human Security and Development.

The 2009 conference schedule is as follows:

Amman, Jordan: October 7 – 9, 2009
Beirut, Lebanon: October 26 – 28, 2009
Cairo, Egypt: November 4 -6, 2009

Americans living in the U.S. or in the region, Europeans, as well as local young professionals residing in those respective countries ages 23-35 are encouraged to apply.  Each conference will include 15 Middle Easterners and 15 Americans and Europeans.

Applications are currently being accepted for all events, but due dates are quickly approaching and early applications will be given priority.

To view the complete conference announcement and complete an application please visit the following links:

https://mideastdc.org/activities/conferences/ (English)

https://mideastdc.org/arabic-conference-info/  (Arabic version)