The US–Middle East Youth Network aims to engage and connect college students and youth throughout the Middle East and the United States to exchange and discuss politics and foreign policy from a unique perspective.
The US–Middle East Youth Network began in the early weeks of 2013, when a small group of students at Georgetown University, some who had traveled extensively in the Middle East and some who had no understanding or prior connection to the Middle East, concluded that the lack of understanding and connection between Americans and Middle Easterners (two areas of the world that have had a tumultuous history in the twentieth century) was a real problem, and one where all could benefit from a greater sense of understanding and personal relationships. From there, they came together to develop an online platform aimed at creating a greater sense dialogue and exchange between students and youth in the United States and around the Middle East.
This year we want a healthy discussion between students in the United States and the Middle East around current events. When something happens in Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, New York, or Washington, we want to see students exchanging views, offering their insight, and asking questions of each other around the event. We want students comfortable posting their views on an issue, and an ensuing discussion between contributors from all three countries. Hopefully from here, we can develop teams of contributors to work on more lengthy policy development together. We’re really excited for 2016. With our new site online and our writers excited to contribute, we’re already on the right track. We think that we’ve stumbled upon a really compelling vision that students in all places can get behind and benefit from, and we are looking forward to developing this interchange of viewpoints along with all of you.