2009 Emerging Leaders for Democracy Conference Series

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

The Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) in cooperation with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Georgetown University’s Center for Democracy and Civil Society, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) are now accepting applications for our 3rd annual regional conferences in the Middle East.  The 2009 Conferences will be hosted in partnership with the Center for Strategic Studies at Jordan University, the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, and the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies. The conferences will examine political reform dynamics in Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt and the role of U.S. foreign policy.  The purpose of the conferences is to generate recommendations for U.S. policymakers for how to improve its impact and to effectively encourage democratic reform.

The conference will include panel discussions featuring Arab and American experts on U.S. foreign policy initiatives, progress of political reform in the region, and the role of the U.S. and Europe in assisting this process. The conference topics will include:

Elections & Political Processes
Religious Freedom & Inclusion
Women’s Rights & Empowerment
Human Security & Development

The conferences will take place in Amman, Beirut, and Cairo.  Americans living in the US 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. Since the number of spaces is limited, participants will be chosen by competitive application. We seek an ideologically and geographically diverse group of participants.
Meals during the conference will be covered for all participants, and modest travel/accommodation scholarships are available for local participants not residing in the capital cities. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide transportation for participants outside of the host country.
To apply to participate in one of the conferences, please fill out and  submit the online application by following the links to the application in English or Arabic.

Applications must be received no later than the following dates:

Amman conference: September 14, 2009
Beirut conference: September 20, 2009
Cairo conference: September 25, 2009

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, but early applications will be given priority. If you have any questions, please e-mail 2009conferences@pomed.org.

المشروع للديمقراطية في الشرق الأوسط بالتعاون مع معهد الولايات المتحدة للسلام، مركز الديمقراطية والمجتمع المدني في جامعة جورجتاون، ومؤسسة اخوان روكفلر
لتقديم طلباتكم للاشتراك في مؤتمراتنا السنوية في الشرق الأوسط

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