Reflecting on "Others" in the Middle East

By Nicole Fauster, Dalya Arussy, and Ryan Daniels
posted on July 26, 2013 in , ,

This summer, YPFP collaborated with the Ibrahim Family Foundation to execute the Ibrahim Leadership and Dialogue Project in the Middle East. This remarkable program provides an opportunity for high-achieving U.S. undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds and faiths to develop their leadership skills and gain first-hand experience with cross-cultural, interfaith, and political dialogue efforts in the Middle East.


Erdogan Fails to Understand the Protesters

By Emre Tuncalp
posted on July 4, 2013 in ,

The demonstrations that started on May 27 as a peaceful call to preserve Istanbul’s Gezi Park quickly became the biggest protest movement Turkey has seen in decades. The spontaneous nature of the protests caught everyone by surprise.  While careful Turkey observers had been aware of the grievances that ignited the unrest, no one could predict its scale, intensity, and persistence.


What Kind of Leader Does Turkey Want?

By Sara Westfall
posted on July 4, 2013 in ,

Since protests erupted last month in Turkey, there has been one major question: are the Turkish people outgrowing Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan? Demonstrations that began as a protest of the commercial redevelopment of a park in Istanbul became a protest of Erdoğan’s increasing authoritarian policies, engulfing several major Turkish cities. While Istanbul has quieted, the protests have intensified in the country’s capital, Ankara.


Turkish Protests Are Unpredictable: A Dispatch From Taksim Square

By Tara Vassefi
posted on June 27, 2013 in ,

Istanbul - “Of every two people you meet in Turkey, one of them voted for Erdogan” Mehmet a 31 year- old friend working in the tourism industry, explained to me. In spite of his statement, Mehmet was the first person I met who supported the polarizing Prime Minister after several weeks in the country.


Mehmet grew up in a small village outside of Antalya with no running water or electricity. After learning English and working in tourism for ten years, he worked his way up to a managerial position and recently bought a three-bedroom house for his young family.


Changing the way we think

By Bryony Taylor
posted on June 13, 2013 in ,

If all women had rights equal to those enjoyed by men, would there still be war?

It is often said that it’s men who wage war and start conflicts but that it is women and children who are most affected by the consequences. Equally, many unstable countries do not allow women to exercise their rights.  Is this a coincidence?


Where Have All The Mothers Gone?

By Victoria Flamant
posted on May 28, 2013 in

Another Mother’s Day has come and gone here in the United States. A day in which we celebrate and honor our mothers for all they have done for us. While we are happily savoring brunch and giving gifts to our loved ones, an unreasonable number of young women and girls around the world are dying needlessly from childbirth or pregnancy-related complications.