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"The Hopes of a Collaborator" by DukeEngage in Jordan participant Patrick Oathout

  • 09.17.12
  • Posted By: Eric Van Danen

See Patrick Oathoat's article "The Hopes of a Collaborator," which ran Sept. 17 in The Chronicle.  Oathoat participated in the DukeEngage in Jordan program this past summer.  An excerpt from his article appears below.  

This week our nation mourned the death of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, killed last Tuesday in an attack on the American Embassy in Benghazi. During the past summer, I worked in Jordan through DukeEngage. While there, I met Libyan refugees who spoke highly of Ambassador Stevens. They respected the ambassador because they believed that with his guidance they had a chance to return to a stable, welcoming and democratic home. Those Libyans had the sort of hope that was inconceivable for Syrians, elusive for Iraqis and jaded for Palestinians. But the death of Ambassador Stevens has reminded me of the overwhelming fragility of hope in the Middle East. 

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