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The Arab-Israeli Peace Institute in Honor of Nelson Mandela

The MENA Leaders for Change Program

The Arab-Israeli
Peace Institute

In Honor of Nelson Mandela

See The MENA Leaders For Change Program >

A ground-breaking peace studies program to supply the young leaders of the MENA region with the necessary tools to create a future of self-sustaining and durable peace.

Young leaders from the MENA region will learn online directly from the men and women who pioneered, implemented and sustained the processes of peace negotiation, human rights, reconciliation and citizen journalism in South Africa, Rwanda, Ireland, the Balkans and the Middle East. For more, please click here.

Application Process

Detailed online application including 4 short essay questions

The MENA Leaders for Change Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, launched in November 2012.  This intensive program for emerging peace leaders consisted of online training and face-to-face workshops in collaboration with the US Institute of Peace, Vanderbilt University and the Harvard Program on Negotiation. Over the course of two years (four semesters), a total of 350 young leaders from the MENA region participated in the program:

  • 130 Israelis
  • 130 Palestinians
  • 90 MENA region

The top 150 students participated in the two year-end workshops held in Jordan in 2013 and 2014 and 45 projects were developed and are being pursued by participants through seed funding, mentorship opportunities, and a network of supporters through the US State Department Alumni Program.





Application Process

Detailed application including 4 short essay questions
Reviewed/scored by 2 different staff members
Interviews via phone/skype