About al Nakhlah

About SWAIC - Program on Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization

The primary goal of this program is to imbue students with a multi-disciplinary approach in analyzing the political, economic, cultural and social conditions of Southwest Asia in order to prepare Fletcher graduates to successfully assume leadership positions in both the public and private sectors in this ever changing region of the world. This professional approach to education coupled with additional activities outside of the classroom that include guest lectures, intellectual discussions, trips and diplomatic training programs continue to make the program one of the most informative, academically stimulating and popular at The Fletcher School. Students of the program come from a wide variety of backgrounds from locations in every corner of the globe after having held positions in government, international business, and academia. This eclectic mix certainly make discussions in and out of the classroom rewarding and extremely thought provoking, thus ultimately providing students with a "Global Perspective."

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Advisory Board

Professor Andrew C. Hess, Ph.D
Director, Program on Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization
The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Professor Leila Fawaz, Ph.D
Director, The Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies
The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Professor Richard H. Shultz, Jr, Ph.D
Director, International Security Studies Program
The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Mansoor al-Nehayan
Ph.D Candidate
The Fletcher School, Tufts University



Al Nakhlah welcomes contributions from all Fletcher students and alumni. Each issue will include 5-8 carefully researched, clearly written articles between 2,500 and 3,500 words in length that offer unique insight on issues of importance for the Southwest Asian region, including the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Caucasus.

Submissions must be students' original work and must be meticulously referenced according to the Chicago Manual of Style. Al Nakhlah will assume first copyrights for all published articles.

Al Nakhlah may also include book reviews, photographs, and essays contributed by members of The Fletcher community.


The views and opinions expressed in articles are strictly the author's own, and do not necessarily represent those of Al Nakhlah, its Advisory and Editorial Boards, or the Program for Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization (SWAIC) at The Fletcher School.