Political Islam, or the movements representing political organization in the name of Islam, have produced remarkable political shake-ups across the Middle East, with a significant effect worldwide. A trend that accelerated in the late 20th century, political Islam now takes many forms, from the Iranian Revolution, Muslim Brotherhood, and "moderates" in Tunisia, to "militants" in the Islamic State and Hamas. As these political movements have redefined politics and even borders in Middle East, what are the trends and common denominators behind the many forms of political Islam? How have these political groups fared since the Arab spring? And by what means will these movements continue to shape change and order in the world’s most volatile region?

The 2018 Summer Global Leadership Seminar, a week-long summer institute open to all rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, will explore the rise of political Islam and how the diverse array of political agendas, goals, and activities of Islamist groups are reshaping the Middle East—and how these changes are reverberating around the world. Through guest lectures and interactive workshops, students will examine Islam, politics, and change in the Middle East. Additionally, students will take part in a half-day simulation during which they will role-play the decision-making processes of foreign policy leaders. The Seminar’s fifth-day field trip to Washington, D.C., offers students the exciting opportunity to meet with and hear from foreign diplomats, as well as U.S. foreign policy officials.

Registration Information

Registration for the 2018 Summer Global Leadership Seminar is now closed. If you would like to inquire about our waitlist, please reach out directly to Eric Bumbaca, Associate DIrector of Student Programs at 215-561-4700, ext. 216, or via email at:


2018 Summer Global Leadership Seminar


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Monday, July 9 to Thursday, July 12
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
1 South Broad St., Suite 2M
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Friday, July 13
Washington, D.C. Field Trip
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

$225 per student

Please note that a limited number of scholarships are available. If you require financial assistance to participate in this program, please contact the Council's Associate Director of Student Programs, Eric Bumbaca, at 215-561-4700, ext. 216, or via email at: