April 16, 2012
Stanford Daily

Youth activists come together at AMENDS

Thirty-six youth activists from 17 countries, including many who helped organize parts of the Arab Spring, gathered on campus last week for the inaugural American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS) conference.

Speakers at the conference included Moulay Hicham Ben Abdallah M.A. ’97, a Moroccan prince and consulting professor at Stanford; Kavita Ramdas, former president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women and current executive director for the program on social entrepreneurship at the Stanford Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL); and Jeremy Weinstein, former director of development and democracy on the National Security Council and a current associate professor of political science and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute.

April 13, 2012
Stanford University News

Stanford summit draws Arab Spring activists, youth leaders from the Middle East and US

The student-led initiative brought nearly 40 delegates from across North Africa, the Middle East and the United States to Stanford to swap stories and grow new ideas for change in the volatile region.


April 3, 2012
Stanford Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law

Historic summit to convene leaders of the new Middle East at Stanford

From the Arab Spring to the Occupy Wall Street movement, young people have emerged at the helm of citizen-led change, opposing and challenging the status quo. Recognizing their local and global impact, youth are increasingly stepping up to fulfill Gandhi’s famous maxim: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” In turn, they are encouraging other members of their generation to answer this call to duty. In the aftermath of revolutions across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), youth have never been more engaged and active in the future development of their communities.

Inspired by these events, a group of young Stanford students launched a forum to unite leaders from the MENA region with their Western counterparts to build a bridge towards greater understanding, collaboration, and partnership. Nothing of this scale had ever been done on the Stanford campus, and there was a clear demand from the student body for deeper engagement with the region.

It was in this spirit that the American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS) was born, which will host its inaugural conference at Stanford University April 10 to 14, 2012 to convene exceptional young leaders together to share their ideas, seed potential collaborations and inspire the world. The AMENDS team represents a diverse group of students of various nationalities, faiths, and persuasions, but the common thread that connects them all is a desire to interact with the future generation of leaders who are writing a new chapter in the history of the Middle East. .


8 March, 2012

Stanford AMENDS connects MENA youth, US counterparts in an historic initiative

This April, 40 youth leaders from 20 countries across the world are gathering at Stanford University’s sunny campus to share their ideas and experiences, and drive the spirit of collaboration between the United States and the Middle East.

In response to the political upheaval following the Arab Spring, Stanford students from the MENA region and United States created the American Middle East Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS), a new initiative to promote greater collaboration and understanding between youth leaders in the two regions.