PDLI seeks to create a space on campus where top civilian & military students can engage in a nuanced conversation about the U.S. role in the Middle East, focusing on Israeli & Palestinian societies with 5 overarching objectives:
What does this mean in practice?
Each year, PDLI chooses approximately 30 Fellows (20 Yalies & 10 West Pointers) to join in a year-long exploration of seemingly insurmountable challenges. Fellows begin their journeys on campus, where they attend PDLI speaker events and conferences. Towards the end of each academic year, Fellows participate in the program's capstone - a ~10-day trip to the region where all they've been learning over the course of the year will be put to the test. Throughout the Fellowship, not only will Fellows learn about the history and culture of the region, but they will also learn to engage with the highest echelon of decision-makers in the political, business, academic, and military worlds. PDLI strives to achieve a discussion that is both respectful and truly open, which we consider necessary for confronting these complex issues. No question, regardless how controversial, is off-limits.
By the Numbers
Trips to the Middle East
Fellows and counting
Different majors pursued by PDLI Fellows
Raised in support
Current & former Ambassadors engaging with PDLI
Current & former Heads of State engaging with PDLI
Major conferences held each year
Publications running pieces by PDLI Fellows & leaders
Even More Numbers...
6 Rhodes Scholars, 4 Marshall Scholars, 4 Schwarzman Scholars, and 2 Kerry Fellows among the PDLI community
100+ Yalies; 40 West Point cadets; 15 UPenn students; 10 Georgetown Students; 8 Naval Academy Midshipmen; 4 Princetonians have been selected as PDLI Fellows