Welcome to the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies!


With support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies (BCARS) is a partnership among the American University of Beirut (Issam Fares Institute), the American University in Cairo, Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts-Boston, and the Fletcher School at Tufts University. The Consortium brings together scholars and policy analysts – both faculty and graduate students – to promote greater understanding of the Arab Awakening and the Arab region as a whole.

The Arab Awakening (aka, “Arab Spring”) has presented a crisis for scholars and policy makers alike, compounding the historical and ongoing struggle of the American public to understand Arab cultures, Arab contributions to humanity, and American interests related to the Middle East as a whole.

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


BCARS was established with the support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Carnegie Corporation of New York is a philanthropic grantmaking 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

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