About the Center for Arab-West Understanding in:

Cornelis Hulsman (ed.)

From Ruling to Opposition, page 262 - 262

Islamist Movements and Non-Islamist Groups in Egypt 2011-2013

1. Edition 2017, ISBN print: 978-3-8288-3837-6, ISBN online: 978-3-8288-6739-0,

Series: Anwendungsorientierte Religionswissenschaft, vol. 9

Tectum, Baden-Baden
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About the Center for Arab-West Understanding The Center for Arab-West Understanding (CAWU), an Egyptian NGO founded in 2007, was established to contribute to Arab-West understanding and reducing sectarianism in the Arab World through research with stu dent interns. CAWU researchers contribute to the Egyptian electronic mag azine Arab-West Report (AWR) which was established in 1997 with the purpose of correcting misinformation that could result in aggravating Mus lim-Christian and Arab-West relations. In twenty years of work AWR documented many instances where biased reporting actively contributed to an escalation of tensions. CAWU has hosted since 2007 over 200 interns from 20 different countries for periods between two and 12 months which has made CAWU Egypt's largest internship provider.CAWU works with the principle that research ers should observe developments and be descriptive in their work without becoming politically involved. CAWU is focused on fact-finding. Research ers provide critique on media reporting, interest groups and activists or statements made by politicians if needed. CAWU's purpose is to be as accurate as possible in reporting and based on this tries to understand why events have occurred as they did. Only then other parties will be able to use this information for the sake of making improvements. Good critique of current reporting requires much investigative work and this in turn is poss ible with support for CAWU. 262

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