Webinar Knowledge as a Public Good:  Teaching Public Policy in the Arab Region

The discussion will be held in both Arabic and English, with simultaneous interpretation available on Zoom only.

You can register to attend by following this link. You will receive a Zoom confirmation email should your registration be successful. Alternatively, you can watch the event live here on our Facebook page.


Over the past decades, the Arab world has witnessed the establishment of several academic programs dedicated to public policy. These growing programs have attempted to train students on different approaches to study, analyze, and execute public policies in the Arab region.

While the gravity of “core” American/Western theoretical perspectives on the discipline is evident, these programs have attempted to put the reality of the region center-stage in exploring different approaches not only to unpack policies but perhaps more importantly to critically engage and develop with new ones.

This webinar aims to unpack the teaching of public policies within Arab contexts. Among these discussions is the extent to which Western-based approaches are relevant for learning about and teaching the region or not. If not, what other pedagogical tools are available for advancing new frameworks on the unfolding realities in the region?

Against this backdrop, the webinar aims to exhibit a diversity in pedagogical strategies and paradigms through a deconstruction of how “global” concepts are comprehended and taught “locally” by instructors and students in various Arab contexts.