Summer-Winter Schools

ORSAM Middle East Winter School

The Middle East remains to be an important region within global politics. Located at the crossroads of three continents (Africa, Asia, and Europe), the region connects the East to the West through land and maritime trade routes. With its vast oil and gas resources, it has been of significant value to the world economy. Besides, the region hosts people from diverse cultures and rich histories. It is the birthplace of three major religions. Therefore, the region has been at the center of attention on a global scale for quite a long time. However, most people know very little about the Middle East and the main dynamics shaping the region. Even worse, we tend to look at the region from certain perspectives often overestimating terror, conflicts, and battles. But the Middle East is more than that. We need to start looking at the region from different perspectives in order to see beyond the traditional narratives that equate the Middle East with war and violence.

Center for Middle Eastern Studies (ORSAM) is a nonpartisan and non-profit research center established to inform the public and policymakers on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In accordance with this objective, ORSAM is organizing a Middle East winter school for students from all levels of education and for those interested in the region. The program will span 5 days with two seminars planned for each day. This program aims to provide impartial and in-depth knowledge about the political, economic, and security dynamics of the MENA region.

ORSAM kindly invites you to submit your application for the Middle East Winter School.

Outline of the Seminars:

  • Introduction to Middle Eastern Affairs
  • Political Economy of the Arab State since the Arab Uprisings
  • Energy Economics and Geopolitics in the Middle East
  • Syrian Crisis: Political and Economic Aspects, and Future Developments
  • Israeli Foreign Policy: Politics, Relations and Current Issues
  • Main Dynamics in Iraqi Politics
  • Radicalism, Violent Extremism, and Terrorism
  • Gulf Geopolitics
  • Understanding the Sectarian Reality in Lebanon Crisis
  • Current Issues in Maghreb Countries

Important Dates:

Application Deadline: February 4th, 2022, Friday – 18:00 UTC/GMT +3 İstanbul Time
Program Period: February 7-11, 2022 – Each day at 14:00-15:30 and 16:00-17:30,

General Description

  • The program is free of charge.
  • Lectures will be given in English.
  • The result of the applications will be announced by e-mail.
  • Attendance is mandatory. Participants are expected to attend at least 80% of lectures. E-certificates will be given to those who meet this criterion.


ZOOM (Before the program, relevant links will be sent via e-mail to accepted participants.)


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*ORSAM reserves the right to change the day, time, and content of the courses.

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