In 2021, we have also begun to work with teams of network members to incubate bold, long-term projects that bring Israelis, Palestinians, and regional Arabs together to model ROPES's 2030 vision for a New Middle East.
Inspired by the EU's Erasmus program, ROPES's Horizon Initiative aims to create a two-way flow of students between the Holy Land and the Arab World. The pilot program, conceived by ROPES’s Education Working Group and sponsored by Paris’s Rothschild Foundation, will bring 15 undergraduates—Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians, Egyptians, Emiratis, Bahrainis, and Moroccans—to Rabat International University for a weeklong Middle East Studies course.
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ROPES's second alumni-led initiative seeks to bring emerging leaders from across the Arab world on one-week educational trips to Israel and the West Bank. These trips will spotlight peacemaking organizations and individuals on both sides of the Green Line but also explore the cultural and economic dynamism of Israeli and Palestinian society. The pilot tour will bring 15 emerging leaders from the UAE, Bahrain,and Morocco.
To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Arab Peace Initiative, ROPES is currently working with a coalition of peace NGOs to organize what we plan to make an annual event--a Davos-style conference for hundreds of Middle East emerging leaders who share our passion for a just and secure resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This event, which will be held at the end of Dubai's world Expo, will have a thematic focus on sustainability and entrepreneurship.
ROPES will hold its fourth Middle East 2030 Summit in Athens (the original site of our third summit), where we enjoy the support of local allies and the Greek government. Other than Israelis and Palestinians, the ROPES network currently includes citizens of nine Arab countries—Egypt, Jordan, the UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco, Iraq, and Lebanon—and this summit will include delegates from three more: Tunisia, Oman, and Qatar.