Forced Displacement, Regional Politics and the Middle East Autumn School 2016, Lebanon 03-12 October 2016

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Syria in 2011 over 4.5 million people have fled the country to find safe havens in neighbouring countries, including Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. As of 2016 Lebanon is host to over 1 million Syrian refugees in addition to a population of over 400,000 Palestine refugees that have been living in a protracted refugee situation in the country.
This year’s Autumn School will be hosted by the Lebanese American University (Beirut and Byblos Campus) and will address the questions and problems that shape the local response to the Syrian refugee crisis in light of the regional political environment. The programme will cover a range of topics, including
  • Theoretical approaches to the field of International Relations in the Middle Eastern context
  • War economies and post-conflict reconstruction
  • Refugee protection under international law (legal framework, UN mandates, the status Palestine refugees)
  • Hosting refugees: Camp vs. non-camp settlement of refugees (economic, geographic and sociological perspectives)

Call for Application (PDF)


The Autumn School is designed for early stage PhD students but is also open for applications from advanced Master Students. Fee waivers can be requested and limited travel and accommodation bursaries are available.
Registration fee: 200 Euro
Deadline: 20.05.2016

To apply, please send

  • Your CV
  • a Letter of Motivation, if applicable indicating the need for financial assistance
  • a one to two pages outline of your research project outlining your research questions, theoretical framework and methodology

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