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Mideastwire launches The Damascus Exchange

May 29th, 2010 · No Comments · Culture

News translation service Mideastwire is starting its first Damascus Exchange allowing students from the west to gain first hand experience inside Syria.

Along with 20 hours of language tuition, the $2000 program provides meetings with political, religious and social figures. It runs from 1-15 August, with applications accepted until 20 June.

Mideastwire has been running a similar program in Lebanon for 3 years, and has also recently launched the Istanbul-Ankara Exchange.

Mornings start with Arabic language classes, followed by academic classes in the afternoon. The meetings with Syria’s leaders take place in the evenings and at weekends.

In Syria, the academic classes will be on the following subjects: Economic reform challenges; The evolving relationship between Syria and Turkey; Syria’s role in the Middle East peace process; Arab nationalism; Hydro-politics in the Levant; and, Doing business in Syria: Barriers, opportunities and practices.

Applications can be made at


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