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Marc Sabbagh, a Rice University senior majoring in political science and history, blogs about his summer study program at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. Expanding on his experiences as a member of the Baker Institute Public Policy and Global Diplomacy Program, which sent him to Cairo during the summer of 2010, Sabbagh was able to again engage and learn from a new culture:

"What I realized was that cultural diplomacy was a two-way street. I had a foot in two worlds, places I perceived to be on opposite sides of the spectrum, and I was able through my experience to teach people on both sides," he said. "I had the understanding of two cultures, both of which had differences, similarities and their own individual flaws."