March 1, 2015
Beshara Doumani, Director of Middle East Studies, was featured on Humans of Watson, a new initiative exploring the lives and stories of people at the Watson Institute.
In response to the question “If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?” Beshara Doumani shares:
“You mean besides the beach? I would be back in the Middle East, specifically the eastern Mediterranean, around Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan. It’s a place that is encountering untold human suffering. It’s a really difficult situation. Syria’s falling apart, Lebanon is on the brink, Jordan is overloaded, the Palestine-Israel conflict is just getting worse. … Being in touch with what’s happening is very important to my work. I always wish I could spend more time there. … I would be listening and participating in whatever way I can to make sure that the knowledge production we do here is of relevance to the people there. That it’s not just something we extract from there and use here to establish our careers, but rather something that’s consumed and recirculated back, and contributes to social justice and peace.”
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