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Welcome to the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies (BCARS). BCARS is focused on creating policy recommendations, research and collaboration on the Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Arab Awakening or “Arab Spring.” These two themes have presented a crisis for policy makers and scholars alike, compounding the historical and ongoing struggle of the American public to understand Arab cultures, 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 policy and research, strengthen a scholarly community, and mentor the next generation of policy analysts and scholars.

Collaboration currently draws from numerous policy actors, humanitarian organizations, academic institutions, and subject matter experts from across the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and the United States.

BCARS was established with the support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The 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.