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“The Hackathon on Terrorism Discourse: From Arab Spring to Today” | Istanbul

Al Sharq Youth Network held its 8th Regional Event this year “The Hackathon on Terrorism Discourse: From Arab Spring to Today” in Istanbul, Turkey. The event hosted a number of distinguished speakers including Ahmet Al Burai, Editor at TRT WORLD channel, Yusuf Özhan, Journalist at the same Turkish channel and Dr. Hüseyin Alptekin, lecturer at Istanbul Şehir University & director at SETA research center. The hackathon aimed to collect data on how the media outlets in the MENA Region reflected the terrorism discourse, from the Arab spring until today.


‘ Ya Hala 2 ‘ MOSAIC CIRCLE | Istanbul

Al Sharq Youth Mosaic Circle sponsored the “Ya Hala 2” evening, organized by ‘Abjad’ Student Club, a student club in Istanbul Şehir University. The event hosted young speakers including, ‘Ali Al Bayati’, specialized in business administration, and ‘Nawras Abu Saleh’, specialized in cinema and audience, to share their insights with the attending students. The evening was concluded by poetry and diverse Arabic musical heritage performances.



“Bridges for Citizenship” Initiative | Istanbul

Al Sharq Youth Horizons Circle held the first founding meeting of its “Bridges for Citizenship” initiative in Istanbul, Turkey. The meeting which was attended by 25 youth from different backgrounds, offered an opportunity for direct dialogue and reflection among the youth on the issue of citizenship in the Middle East. Besides other speakers, the fruitful event hosted Wadah Khanfar, President of Al Sharq Forum and Mohamed Affan, the network’s Training Director, to tackle the methodologies of building a joint human and social integration between different trends and currents in the region.


Core Team Retreat | Istanbul

The network’s core team held a 3-day retreat at Al Sharq Forum’s Headquarters in Istanbul. During the significant event that gathered the core team with the hub coordinators, who came together from 23 countries, the team members presented the 2018 achievements of the network and discussed the new structure and plan of the upcoming year.

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Digital Media Forum “Journalism and Crossing to the Future” | Istanbul

As part of the Opportunities Program, Al Sharq Youth Network members attended the Digital Media Forum on “Journalism and Crossing to the Future” organized by the Al Jazeera Media Institute in Istanbul, Turkey. The event aimed to create a space for dialogue between the Arab youth about the future of media and to highlight the modern trends and their application in the field of journalism.

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‘4th Youth Leadership Forum’ | Istanbul

As part of Al Sharq Opportunities Program, 2 network members attended the ‘4th Youth Leadership Forum’ that was held in Istanbul, Turkey. The 8-day event organized by the network’s partner, the International Academy for Leadership and Development (IALD), included workshops and seminars on various topics including leadership, managing public opinion, entrepreneurship and social media as well as a competition for entrepreneurial and community initiatives.

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Mediterranean Dialogues Young Leaders Mid-Term Meeting | Istanbul

Al Sharq Youth, in partnership with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies, held the MED – Mediterranean Dialogues Young Leaders Mid-Term Meeting in Istanbul on June 26th. During the fruitful event, the speakers, among whom were Wadah Khanfar, President of Al Sharq Forum and Federica Ferrari Bravo, Consul General of the Italian Consulate in Istanbul, focused on regional and international players in Mediterranean and MENA countries and their impact on shaping a security dialogue in the region.

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‘The 3rd Annual Youth Summit’ | Istanbul

Al Sharq Youth Istanbul Hub Coordinator Mustafa Aykut and other hub members attended ‘The 3rd Annual Youth Summit’ which was held in Istanbul, Turkey and organized by Al Sharq Youth’s partner institution, Co-Opinion Youth Solidarity Network.

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Annual Iftar Dinner | Istanbul

In celebrating the holy month of Ramadan, Al Sharq Forum organized its Annual Iftar Dinner, hosting representatives from 40 institutions, ministry officials and academicians. During the dinner, a fruitful discussion was held regarding the collaboration between the network and the present institutions.

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Al Sharq Horizons Regional Event | Istanbul

Al Sharq Youth Network held ‘The First Regional Event, Al Sharq Horizons’ that brought together members of Amman, Palestine and Beirut Hubs. The fruitful event conducted various sessions, among them were “Common Political and Social History of Jordan and Palestine,” “People’s Movement in Jerusalem” and “The Current Political Situation in Palestine.”