November 2017

Reflections from Amman by Thaddeus De Caprio

"While searching the shops of downtown Amman for a reasonably priced necklace for my mother, I stumbled upon a silver shop called "Aleppo Gold". I found it unusual that a silver shop would have the word 'gold' in its name, so I decided to check it out. After a bit of browsing and haggling, I mentioned to the shop owner that my mother was Syrian, and her family originally from Aleppo. The owner looked up at me with genuine surprise. He explained that up until recently his shop once..." read more here

October 2017

Reflections from a doctoral student by Adam Brooks

"It has been six weeks since I started the PhD program at Columbia University School of Social Work (CSSW) and as a trainee in the ASPIRE project – a project led by Dr. Nabila El-Bassel & Dr. Neeraj Kaushal. During this time, I have worked alongside several master and PhD students, post-docs and faculty, attended the ASPIRE team’s regular Skype calls with Jordan and Turkey, delved into the literature on study..." read more here

September 2017

Inaugural blog post by Dr. Nabila El-Bassel and Dr. Neeraj Kaushal

"Welcome to ASPIRE’s inaugural blog post! Our blog will provide regular insights and updates from project staff on our work on refugee issues in the Middle East. Be on the lookout for posts to come.

For those of you new to ASPIRE (Advancing Solutions in Policy Implementation, Research and Engagement for Refugees), ASPIRE began with the acute need for a multifaceted..." read more here