Istanbul-Induced Introspection

Story by Ahmet Küçükuncular, Personal Story⎜Photo by Lucy Hoffman Never before has leaving a place behind saddened me more than when I left Istanbul in July after my brief yet mesmerising stay. Even the notion of not being able to open my eyes to the view of the Bosphorus the next morning nearly convinced me to…

The Cats of Amman

Story by Maggie King, Global Co-op⎜Photo by Maggie King My home in Amman was on the top of a hill, like at least half of the houses in the undulating landscape of the city. “Right off the Seventh Circle, then go to the supermarket and make two turns,” I would instruct my taxi drivers in…

Invisible Borders yet Still Coexisting

Story and Photo by Danielle Murad Waiss The smell of a bonfire surrounds me. Behind me are the beaches of Tel Aviv and in the evening sun, the sky is painted many oranges and pinks. As I move forward, I leave behind the tourists, the Tel Aviv fitness freaks and the strolling couples. As I…

The Power of Narratives in Shaping Identity

Story and Photo by Olivia Sorenson, Dialogue of Civilizations Over the past two years, I had the privilege to go abroad to the Middle East three times through Northeastern University. Each time I returned, I faced difficulty in processing my experiences, as I was confronted with a seemingly endless list of personal and political contradictions, conflicting…

Entrepreneurial Leadership and Family Business in Dubai

By Elizabeth Zona I was fortunate enough to have taken the Global Family Business Leadership course, an entrepreneurship elective offered through the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. Over spring break, Northeastern sends the class to Dubai to experience family businesses, and the region they dominate, first hand. All the businesses we visited were run either by…

Insightful in Israel

By Jakob Leichtman, Global Co-op Warm weather, beautiful beaches, and counter-terrorism are quite the combination. That’s what my family and friends told me when announced that I’d be working in Israel at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) for my third and final co-op at Northeastern. That said, traveling and taking risks are nothing new for…

Coffee is the Bedouin Way of Life

Photos by Rei Segali Story by Lindsey Bressler, Global Co-op Bedouins are traditionally nomadic Arab Muslim tribes who have lived in the Sinai Peninsula for about 7,000 years. They are also the poorest demographic group of Israeli society, suffering from unemployment, high rates of crime, and a lack of access to education. For the tens of…

Importance of a Global Perspective: United Arab Emirates

Story by Zoe Murphy and photo by Hannah Zaatar Being raised between European and American cultures was a big enough disparity – or so I thought. That was until a complete shift in gears, for now a third time. At the age of fourteen, I moved to Dubai, the global crossroads in the United Arab…

The Beauty of Jordan

Story by Devin Windelspecht It seems that only the worst news comes out of the Middle East: wars in Yemen and Iraq, a refugee crisis in Syria, terrorist attacks in Baghdad and Beirut. With each passing year, the region appears to be becoming increasingly more dangerous, unstable, and conflict-prone. Beyond the headlines, however, there is…

National Remembrance in Israel: Identity, Tradition, Emotion and Politics

Story and photo by Marie Schulte-Bockum, marie.schultebockum@gmail.com Chirping birds were circling above, the Spring sun was warming my back, and Orthodox men’s singing voices of great yearning filled the air. As I looked at the Western Wall for the first time in my life, I felt weak at the knees and had an overwhelming urge to cry:…