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Atkin Fellowship for Arab Israeli Dialogue

The Atkin Fellowship for Arab-Israeli Dialogue, generously funded by the Atkin Foundation, is based in the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at the Department of War Studies, Kings College London. The Fellowship has one fundamental aim: to encourage and promote stability in the Middle East through a profound understanding of ‘the other’.

Since 2008, the Atkin Fellowship has given the next generation of leaders in the Middle East the opportunity to meet and study together at Kings College London, providing them with a vibrant but politically neutral environment, where they can share their ideas and experiences, whatever their political viewpoint. Each pair – always an Arab and an Israeli – has the unique experience of walking in the other’s shoes and learning the other’s narrative – a narrative they might never have heard, if not for their participation in the Fellowship.

The Atkin Fellowship brings together people of different professional backgrounds from Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories and Syria, in order to foster respect and trust on all sides of the conflict. Participants come from government, business, think tanks, academia and the media. All hold positions from which they can shape politics and public opinion in Israel and the Arab world.

It is vital that, once a political agreement is reached, there are people with connections throughout the region and with genuine relationships of trust already built. Reunion events are regularly held to consolidate friendships and give the Fellows the opportunity to meet and share updates and ideas about their work in the region.

ICSR offers these young leaders from Israel and the Arab world the opportunity to come to London for a period of four months. As the purpose of the fellowship is to provide young leaders from Israel and the Arab world with an opportunity to develop their ideas on how to further peace and understanding in the Middle East the four months at King’s College London is spent on research, debate and constructive dialogue in a politically neutral environment.

Atkin Fellows are based at the ICSR offices at King’s College London. During their Fellowship, they are expected to:

  • Complete an academic paper (approx. 8,000-10,000 words) dealing with one aspect of the current conflict, providing a concise analysis of the problem as well as outlining possible solutions. (The paper will be published by ICSR shortly after the completion of the Fellowship.)
  • Promote information and education about issues in the region by making themselves available for debate and consultation by the media, government, international organisations and NGOs.
  • Jointly organise a series of 3-4 events (roundtable discussions, seminars, panel discussions) dealing with relevant issues in the Middle East.
  • Participate in a Atkin Fellowship network events  – these happen periodically throughout the year. Here Fellows will have the opportunity to present and debate their ideas with other Fellows as well as an informed audience of policymakers, academics, and journalists. Atkin Fellows will thus become part of a network of young leaders, who will continue to be linked to each other and ICSR.

For a list Atkin Fellow Alumni, please click here.

Questions about the programme can be submitted to Katie Rothman, katie.rothman@icsr.info