Thanks to the generosity of the Atkin Foundation, ICSR offers young leaders from Israel and the Arab world the opportunity to come to London for a period of four months, producing a research paper as the result of their work. 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 through research, debate and constructive dialogue in a neutral political environment.
Ayed Ahmad, ICSR’s Spring Atkin Fellow for 2013 used his time in London to examine the attitudes of young Palestinians towards their leadership, political participation and current social changes. Ayed’s paper highlights the various cultural and political reasons that have resulted in Palestinian youth becoming less willing to engage in politics and decision-making processes.
Ayed is Project Manager at the Palestinian Peace Coalition – Geneva Initiative. Ayed focuses on enhancing moderate voices in Palestinian society and educating Palestinian youth. His background is in English Literature.