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BCARS was established with the support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.  Founded in 2013 amidst a chaotic period for the region, BCARS continues its work, enabling scholars of the region to investigate problems and propose policy solutions. The Carnegie Corporation of New York is a philanthropic grant making foundation that was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding, “To do real and permanent good in this world.”

– Andrew Carnegie, The Gospel of Wealth, 1900.


Read BCARS' mission statement.

Our History

Our Focus

Millions of citizens across the Arab Region increasingly are excluded from exercising their basic human and civil rights, whether they remain in their national home or are seeking refuge outside their state borders. Among these are refugees and their compatriots who are internally displaced.  Examining the nexus between citizenship rights, migration, and human rights is the new BCARS imperative


BCARS has prioritized policy recommendations, research, and collaboration on these themes.


Read about BCARS' themes.

Our People

BCARS is an international forum where Arab region scholars from Boston and Arab institutions can meet and work collaboratively to advance policy and research, strengthen a scholarly community, and mentor the next generation of policy analysts and scholars.


Collaboration currently draws from numerous policy actors, humanitarian organizations, academic institutions, and subject matter experts from across the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and the United States.


Read about the BCARS' faculty, network, and institutions.

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