Join us in Beirut!
* June 21-23, 2019
* @ Crowne Plaza Hamra
* Request a registration form via

Overview: Friday, June 21, from 7pm-9pm we will open with a reception for participants and selected guests – including previous Exchange speakers – at Mezyan Restaurant in Hamra. Our full day conference starts the next morning at the Crowne Plaza Hamra, Saturday, June 22 at 9am and will include sessions led by prominent alumni, politicians and experts on politics and human rights in the Middle East & North Africa. On Sunday, June 23, we will embark on a bus at 10am from Crowne Plaza in order to drive to the Bekaa Valley where will have a hike and lunch at the Eco-Restaurant Tawlet, returning to Crowne Plaza by 5pm.

Conference Schedule – June 22 @ Crowne Plaza Hamra
9:00 Welcome & Remarks On A Decade Of The Exchange
Yamen Soukkarieh & Nicholas Noe, The Beirut Exchange
9:15 Maghreb Movements For Justice
Opening Speech: Sihem Ben Sedrine, President of The Tunisian Truth & Dignity Commission
Remarks & Discussion Facilitators:
Walid Namane, Independent Analyst
Monica Marks, Harvard University
10:45 Ending The War In Syria
Bassel Kaghadou, ProPax
Nir Rosen, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue
Vera Yammine, Marada Party
Rabie Nasr, Syrian Center for Policy Research
Cengiz Candar, Swedish Institute for International Affairs
12:30 The Future Of Hezbollah In Lebanon & The Middle East
May Akl, Free Patriotic Movement Party
Walid Sharara, Political Analyst
Makram Rabah, American University of Beirut
Aurélie M. Daher, Université Paris-Dauphine
Mohanad Hage Ali, Carnegie Middle East Center
14:15 LUNCH
@ Crowne Plaza Hamra
15:30 Speech & Discussion on Yemen: Farea Muslimi, Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies
16:30 Can Lebanon Reform Itself?
Maya Sukar, Lebanese Forces Party
Gilbert Doumit, Beyond Reform & Development
Ayman Mhanna, Samir Kassir Foundation
Laury Haytayan, Natural Resource Governance Institute
Shadi Karam, Astro Bank
18:00 Closing Speech & Discussion On Libya: Omeyya Seddik, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue
19:00 END

Conference Note: Although we have not organized an Exchange in or around Palestine/Israel – and therefore have not convened a specific panel – we expect that several of the discussions during the day will address the forthcoming American “peace plan” as well as the broader question of Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Conference Format: As with all of The Exchanges, discussions will be held confidentially, without public reporting, comment or media interaction. We will accordingly also ask all participants to strictly observe the same practices. Simultaneous translation into English will be available for speakers and sessions conducted in Arabic.


Alumni are invited to request a registration form via The conference fee covering the Friday reception, Saturday’s conference and Sunday’s lunch/tour is $299.

Non-Alumni are invited to request a short application form via The conference fee covering the Friday cocktail event, Saturday’s proceedings and Sunday’s lunch and tour is $399.

Students & Unaffiliated Individuals (including alumni that also fall within these two categories) are invited to request a registration form via The conference fee covering the Friday cocktail event, Saturday’s proceedings and Sunday’s lunch and tour is $150.

About The Exchange:

The Exchange is an effort to promote professional and academic enrichment through a variety of small group, direct engagement conferences in the Middle East and North Africa.

During their stay, typically lasting five days to one week, participants from around the world listen to and question leading intellectuals, activists and politicians representing an array of different points of view in a specific country.

The first Exchange was launched in June 2008 in Beirut, Lebanon. Now, more than a decade on, 750 people from 51 different countries have attended 35 different Exchanges in the region.

Crucially, all of our programs are funded on the basis of fees paid by the participants themselves: There is no government, private or non-profit support, an aspect that we believe provides a relatively neutral platform for dialogue and understanding.