The Middle East and North Africa

Group Israel trip - spring break.

The great diversity of countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and the complicated issues they face, ensure that many students will select Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization as one of their Fields of Study. Curricular offerings are enhanced by opportunities to write for the student led Al Nakhlah publication or to engage with the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, which supports research and conferences relevant to the region. Since 2014, Fletcher has also partnered with the International Committee of the Red Cross in a project studying migration flows through the Sahel region and North Africa.

Beyond the classroom and academically oriented extracurricular activities, students also participate in the Mediterranean Group, which helps to organize the annual Mediterranean Night Cultural Event, and have created groups to consider issues of timely importance, such as, in 2015, the Fletcher Syria Crisis Working Group.

Sample Courses
Recent Capstones
  • "Investment and Income Effects of Food Aid: The Impact of a BRAC Food for Training Program on Investments in Non-Durable and Durable Goods in South Sudan"
  • "A GIS-Based Analysis of Adherence to Minimum Humanitarian Standards in the Planning of Za'atari and Azraq Refugee Camps, Jordan"
  • "Advancing Water Security the Sahel: Prospects and Considerations for US Defense Sector Engagement"
  • "The Role of Memory in Peace and Reconciliation: The Case of The Lebanese Civil War (19750-1990)"
  • "Free Companies: Jihadi Group Origins and the Jihadi Industry"
  • "Analyzing Foreign Females and Males in ISIL through a Gender Perspective"
  • "The Subtle Dance of Escalation: A Case Study of the Conflict Over Oil Revenue Sharing in Iraq"
  • "Host communities and the local politics of integration: Jordan's response to the Syrian refugee crisis"
  • "Investing in Erbil’s Water Infrastructure: A Pathway Toward Sustainable Development in Iraqi Kurdistan?"
  • "Within the Colonial Context: What Are the Limits to the Self-Determination of Peoples? The Cases of the Western Sahara and Palestine"
  • "Patterns of Attack: Understanding Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb"
  • "Kuwaitis, Withouts, Illegals, Comorans: Citizenship, International Law and the Bidun"
  • "Resilient Monarchies: Security Sector Reform in Morocco and Bahrain"
  • "How Should Oman Continue its State-Support Programs for Women Working in the Handicrafts Industries?"
  • "Meet the New Boss? The Changing Role of Youth in Tunisian Politics, 2010- 2014"
  • "A Legal Red Line in a Moral Grey Cloud: The Syria Case in Perspective"
  • "Acculturation of Non-Democratic States in International Human Rights Regimes: A Case Study of Non-Democratic Muslim Countries"
  • "Civil Society: A force for transitional stability? The case of Tunisia"
  • "Not an Arab Spring! Identity Politics in North Africa: The Amazigh Question and Fragile Democracies"
  • "To What End? The Evolution of Israeli Counterinsurgency in the West Bank and Gaza Strip"
Alumni Clubs


Club Leaders: Jordan Herzberg (F98), Cecilia Sibony (F13)

Saudi Arabia

Club Leader: Jamil Al Dandany (F87)

United Arab Emirates

Club Leader: Paul Bagatelas & Christine Lauper Bagatelas (F87)

Selected Faculty Specialists

Leila Fawaz Fletcher School Ibrahim Warde Ayesha Jalal Fletcher School Andrew Hess Fletcher School Nadim Rouhana Fletcher School
Leila Fawaz Ibrahim Warde Ayesha Jalal Andrew Hess Nadim Rouhana

Selected Alumni

Farah Pandith Fletcher
Dalia Ziada The Fletcher School
Nathalie Bekdache Fletcher School
Farah Pandith
Council on Foreign Relations,
Senior Fellow; Strategic Advisor, Institute for Strategic Dialogue

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Dalia Ziada
Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies (Egypt), Executive Director

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Nathalie Bekdache
International Labour Organization, Lebanon - SME & MF Specialist

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