HOW CAN WE ENCOURAGE PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST?
Make sure its young leaders are friends, not enemies.
The Atkin Fellowship for Arab-Israeli Dialogue, which is based within the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King's College London, has one fundamental aim: to encourage stability in the Middle East.
The fellowship gives young leaders from the Middle East the opportunity to meet and study at King’s, providing them with a vibrant but politically-neutral environment, where they can form close friendships and share ideas, whatever their political viewpoint.
We bring together young people of different professional backgrounds from Israel and its neighbouring countries, in order to foster mutual respect and trust on all sides of the conflict. This network of like-minded individuals can then go on to help engender greater political understanding across the region.
The ICSR is groundbreaking on several levels: not only is it the first global centre for knowledge and leadership to focus on the issues of radicalisation and political violence, but it’s also the first initiative in which both Arab and Israeli academic institutions are openly collaborating.
Since its inception in 2008, 24 fellows from across the Middle East have come to London to develop their ideas on how to further peace and mutual understanding in the Middle East - through research, debate and constructive dialogue in a politically-neutral environment.
Applicants to the programme come from government, business, academia and the media. All hold positions from which they can shape politics and public opinion in Israel and the Arab world. Past fellows have included journalists, academics, politicians and activists.
We organise annual reunions to consolidate the fellows’ friendships and give them the opportunity to meet and share updates and ideas about their work in the region.
The Atkin Fellowship is only possible because of generous donations from people who want to see a more peaceful world. The 24 fellows we have welcomed so far are a great start, but they're just the beginning.
Be part of our efforts to build a foundation for peace in the Middle East by supporting this valuable work here at King’s.
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