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Israel and the Post-Arab Spring: An Interactive View of the New Middle East (SPME2010/48795)


Study Abroad Program in Israel Summer & Winter 2016 "Coexistence in the Middle East"


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Program Director: Mr. Javier Gelbwaser

Course Instructor: Dr. Nir Boms


July 3 -  27, 2017


Registration & Dorm Check In: July 3, 2017

Final Day for Dorm Check Out: July 27, 2017

Academic Hours: 45 | Credits: 3

Tuition: $1650 | Housing: $775

Class schedule: TBD


Please note, this course can be taken as a single course or as a component of the 9 credit program  Coexistence in the Middle East.


This course offers a first-hand perspective on the arising challenges and opportunities in a post-Arab Spring Middle East from the unique context of Israel: a meeting point between Western and Middle Eastern civilizations; the Holy Land for Christians, Jews and Muslims; and a key point of interest and dispute for the international community. Through field trips and engaging dialogue with regional players, participants will gain personal insight into the religious, cultural and political forces shaping the changing reality of the region and their influence on Israel's future.



Site Visits and Meetings


Through multiple field trips and encounters, this program offers the unique opportunity to gain first-hand access to key places and regional actors. Subject to the availability of guest speakers, participants will have the opportunity to meet with:

  • Diplomats and Government Officials
  • Representatives of International Organizations
  • Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders
  • NGO Activists
  • Academics and professional figures


Course and Study Visits Outline


Please note that due to the dynamic character of the Middle East and our intention to focus on the current issues in the region, the following list of topics may be updated.

  • New opportunities and challenges in a Changing Middle East
  • Jerusalem and the role of religion and faith in the Middle East
  • The Question of the Arab Spring
  • Iran and the Nuclear Program
  • Syria's Civil War and Lebanon
  • Egypt after the Mubarak Regime
  • The International Community and the Middle East
  • Dissidents and New Media

Field trips and encounters will be finalized at a later date. As a reference only, participants may refer to last year's itinerary for the Coexistence in the Middle East program.






Dr. Boms is a research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University and at the International Center for Counter Terrorism in Hertzliya. He is a member of the board of the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education and the Co-Founder of, a network of bloggers from the Middle East that focuses on freedom of expression and the promotion of dialogue in the region. Dr. Boms served as the Vice President of the Washington based Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD). His articles have appeared in The Washington Times, Iran Times International, and The Jerusalem Post among other international publications.


Dr. Boms received his PhD. from the University of Haifa and his dissertation deals with the Influence of Information Technology on the Creation of Civic Society in Syria and Iran.



Application Information


Please note that it is recommended to take part in both courses of the  Coexistence in the Middle East Program: " Narratives and Realities: Inside the Israeli Palestinian Conflict" and "Israel and the Post-Arab Spring: An Interactive View of the New Middle East." These courses are designed to complement each other and together they offer a more complete and valuable experience.


To enroll in the full Coexistence in the Middle East Program (two courses) please select both courses from the list of "Summer Courses" in the online application.


Please note:

  • The number of participants in this course is limited.
  • Priority will be given to applicants to both courses.
  • When registering for more than one course, participants will be offered a 10% discount off of the total tuition fee. 

For an overview of which courses can be combined, please take a look at the Summer Courses 2016 Time Table.


Applicants currently enrolled in or who have completed an MA program are able to earn graduate credits for their participation in a summer course. More information on earning graduate credits is available on our website.


Take a look at our Online Application Instruction Video and the  Overview of the Application Guidelines with useful information on how to complete and submit your online application.


To apply for this program, please click on the following button:


   Application Deadline: May 15th, 2017


Further Information


To receive updates on this program or information relevant to your campus or location please fill out the following online form.

For further academic information, visit the Study Abroad Summer Program Coexistence in the Middle East website or send an Email.

For further application information, contact the Department of Summer Courses and Special Programs at Rothberg International School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.



Promotional Films


To get an impression of the Coexistence in the Middle East program, please take a look at the following films:


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