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American Colleges Discuss Their Next Moves in Protest-Riven Middle East

By Beth McMurtrie

The recent uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East have placed American colleges in a tense situation. Beyond immediately evacuating students in harm’s way, what is their role in these events and their aftermath? A session on Wednesday here at the Association of International Education Administrators’ annual conference prompted a frank discussion of those questions.

As the waves of populist protest against autocratic regimes continue, educators at the meeting said they were torn between wanting to stay engaged in the region and needing to protect students and faculty members who are there.

One worry is that a temporary pullout could be seen as a signal for permanent disengagement, said Katherine Bellows, executive director of the Office of International Programs at Georgetown University.

Continued at: http://chronicle.com/article/American-Colleges-Discuss/126494/

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