With support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Middle East Center will establish the Boston Consortium on Arab Region Studies (BCARS) in partnership with faculty around the Boston area; the Consortium will also include scholars and policy analysts from Beirut and Cairo.

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Prof. Denis Sullivan, Co-Director of the Middle East Center, is the Principal Investigator and Director of this initiative. Rami Khouri, the Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at American University of Beirut, is the principal Arab region partner with Northeastern on this new initiative.

Together, BCARS scholars and policy analysts will mobilize their collective resources to promote greater understanding of the Arab Awakening through transdisciplinary scholarship and research.

The Arab Awakening (aka, “Arab Spring”) has presented a crisis for scholars and policy makers alike, compounding the historical and ongoing struggle of the American public to understand Arab cultures, Arab contributions to humanity, and American interests related to the Middle East as a whole.

BCARS will provide an international forum where Arab region scholars from Boston and Arab institutions can meet and work collaboratively to advance research, strengthen a scholarly community, and mentor the next generation of scholars and policy analysts.