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Our Mission

BCARS Mission
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Watch the BCARS webinar, "Surviving and Thriving on the Margins: How Syrian Women and the Palestinian Minority in Israel Challenge Marginality" 

This webinar features remarks from Katty Alhayek' s work on Syrian women in digital communities and Morad Elsana's work on the Palestinian minority in Israel and examines how these groups advocate for rights, create community, and build networks that support empowerment in spaces that challenge their social, political, and economic rights. Moderated by Valentine Moghadam and Denis Sullivan. 
Watch it here on the BCARS YouTube Channel!  

The Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies (BCARS) is an international network in which policy makers, practitioners, and scholars from the U.S., Europe, and Arab Region meet and work collaboratively to advance policy and research, strengthen scholarship in and on the Arab Region, and mentor the next generation of policy analysts and scholars, especially from the Arab Region.


BCARS was founded in 2013 in response to the Arab Uprisings of 2010-2011 and the resulting challenges facing the citizens and governments of the Arab Region. The Uprisings also have presented a crisis for policy makers and scholars alike, compounding the historical and ongoing struggle of the American public to understand Arab cultures, contributions to humanity, and American interests related to the Middle East as a whole.


Our current areas of research and policy analysis explore the nexus of civil society, human rights, citizenship and migration across the Arab Region.  We convene our research and policy workshops primarily in Boston, Cairo, and Beirut; we also work with local partners in Amman, Berlin, Istanbul, Thessaloniki, and Belgrade.

BCARS was established with the support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, America's oldest grant making foundation. Andrew Carnegie founded the Corporation in 1911 to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.

BCARS does:

Fact finding missions & field work      Conferences, workshops & briefings      Seminars, lectures & public outreach     Education & training      Graduate & undergraduate mentorship

Our themes include:

Citizenship Rights in the Arab Region     Displacement & Migration      Civil Society & Human Rights

To connect with, support, or join the BCARS network, please contact BCARS Director, Denis Sullivan at:

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