Five fellows from this year’s John Smith Fellowship MENA programme visted Oxford on Thursday, 28 February as guests of the Oxford Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies Forum (OxGAPS).
The Fellows are part of a larger group from the Middle East that are currently in the UK participating in the John Smith Fellowship Programme for the MENA Region. The group visiting Oxford included Bahraini Lawyer Islam al Tayeb, Riyadh al Baloushi from the Ministry of Justice of Oman, Captain Tarek Mkanna from the Lebanese Internal Security Forces, Yousef Wehbeh a Lebanese Palestinian and NGO activist and Malik Shishtawi from Jordan, who is President of the Arab Social Media Forum.
In Oxford the group visited St Antony’s College, where they had a meeting with the Director of the Middle East Centre, Dr Michael Willis. They also visited the Bodleian Library, the Oxford Union and various other places of interest.