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Palestine/Israel: Surmounting Adversity

The objective of the course is to examine the current state of the Israeli Palestinian conflict with a particular focus on how groups and communities work to cope with the pervasive adversity that characterizes daily life in this context. 

This course will begin with an overview of where things are at related to the peace process and current diplomatic initiatives on the part of the Palestinian leadership to internationalize their quest for statehood. The course will then turn to how various stakeholders, both local and international, have helped, hindered, and/or exacerbated the current stalemate, including the efforts of the Quartet (the European Union, the United Nations, the United States, and Russia), as well as international donors. 

The course will conclude with an exploration of how individuals and groups organize to cope with conflict and the adversity that pervades their lives. These efforts will address both formal and informal initiatives, supported and opposed by different stakeholders.

American University in Cairo

The American University in Cairo was founded in 1919 by Americans devoted to education and service in the Middle East. Founding president, Dr. Charles A. Watson, wanted to create an English-language university based on high standards of conduct and scholarship and to contribute to intellectual growth, discipline, and character of the future leaders of Egypt and the region, as well as to improve America's understanding of the area. Today, AUC is a leading intellectual center in the Middle East and North Africa. AUC balances a strong commitment to liberal education with a concern for the region's needs for practical applications and professional specializations and its strong commitment to fostering understanding across world regions, cultures and religions.

American University of Sharjah

American University of Sharjah (AUS) was founded in 1997 as an independent, not-for-profit, English-medium coeducational institution. Although consciously based on upon American institutions of higher education, AUS is also expected to be thoroughly grounded in Arab culture and to be part of a larger process of the revitalization of intellectual life in the Middle East. In its early years, AUS benefited from associations with the American University in Beirut, Texas A&M University, and American University in Washington, D.C. In addition, the great majority of AUS faculty members earned their terminal degrees from institutions in North America.  AUS is emerging as a leading comprehensive university in the Gulf, serving students from the region and around the world. Approximately 3,500 students from 18 nations are enrolled at AUS.  The AUS campus is located in an Academic Village approximately five miles from Sharjah city. 

Please visit the Center for Global Engagement website for study abroad applications.

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