Past Fellows

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2014-2015 Fellow: Rachel Webb

Rachel joined Endeavor, a global non-profit supporting high-impact entrepreneurship, in their Dubai office in August 2014. She recently completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, also earning a certificate in Near Eastern Studies. Though she grew up in Ohio, study abroad experiences in Morocco and Turkey sparked her interest in working in the Middle East. While at Princeton, she interned with a refugee settlement agency in Ohio, AMIDEAST Lebanon, and the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Rachel's hobbies include eating Lebanese food and traveling on budget.


2012-2013 Fellow: Tal Eisenzweig

The MENAR Fellowship Program offered one fellowship post during the 2012-2013 fellowship year, under the auspices of the Princeton in Africa program.

The 2012-2013 fellow, Tal Eisenzweig, graduated from Princeton University in 2012 with a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and certificates in French and Near Eastern Studies.

Through the MENAR Fellowship Program, Tal served as a fellow at the Amadeus Institute, based in Rabat, Morocco. She has gone on to pursue a Fulbright Fellowship in Canada on the topic of refugee policy, inspired in part by her experiences in Morocco.

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I am a very proud first fellow of the MENAR Fellowship Program. When I learned that my placement would be in Rabat, the political capital of Morocco, I was ecstatic: a 2010 intensive Arabic summer course had provided an initial orientation to the many beautiful historical sites of Morocco, and I looked forward to further exploring the complexities of its modern socio-political and cultural reality.

In Rabat, I found an apartment in a diverse downtown neighborhood, a mere ten-minute walk from the historic medina, and neighboring a lovely Norman creperie, a fixture among European expats. A newly launched light rail train, which united the poorer city of Salé with Rabat, ran parallel to my street, and provided excellent transportation to my work in the suburbs – as well as an interesting microcosm of the socioeconomic dynamic between the sister cities. Almost sandwiched between the rail and my street stood an impressive church, where many sub-Saharan asylum-seekers and migrant workers would gather every Sunday. Although Rabat is sometimes downplayed as the smaller, cleaner, and even lackluster headquarters of the Moroccan government, I found in it the very manifestations of a country torn between tradition and modernity, between Africa and Europe – and between poverty and privilege.

It would be impossible to illustrate the myriad layers of Moroccan reality in such a short space. As a fellow, I was given the opportunity to live and work amidst it; my work in a research institute further allowed me read about, and discuss, the political ramifications. For this I will be eternally grateful.
— Tal Eisenzweig
 

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Click here to read further reflections by Tal on some of her highlights and proudest accomplishments while working with the Amadeus Institute.

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