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Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs

The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) aims to harness the policy-related research of AUB's internationally respected faculty in order to achieve several goals: to raise the quality of public policy-related debate and decision-making in the Arab World and abroad, to enhance the Arab World's input into international affairs, and to enrich the quality of interaction among scholars, officials and civil society actors in the Middle East and abroad.
Upcoming Events 



September 12, 2014 | 11:00-12:30 | IFI Auditorium
Surviving and Serving under Occupation in Jerusalem:
The Case of Al-Makassed Hospital 
Lecture and open discussion with Dr. Rafiq Husseini
Director of Al-Makassed Hospital, Jerusalem

September 23, 2014 | 4:00-6:00 | IFI Auditorium
Relative Deprivation and Politics in the Arab Uprisings:
Political Grievances across Bahrain, Egypt, Tunisia
Lecture and open discussion with Dr. Asya Al Meehy
IFI Non-resident Visiting Scholar 

September 24, 2014 | 12:00-1:30 | IFI Auditorium
Islam, Human Rights and the Possibility of Reasonable Pluralism: A case from the Tunisian constitution
Lecture by Dr. Zaid Eyadat
Dean of the School of International Studies and Political Science at the University of Jordan.

September 29, 2014 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | IFI Auditorium
Urban Citizenship and Social Justice
The first lecture in the "Social Justice and the City" lecture series hosting Professor Lynn Staeheli from Durham University

 

Recent Events

 

September 9, 2014

The Issam Fares Institute and the Arab NGO Network for Development held a book launch and panel discussion on Adib Nehme’s latest book, The People Want to Overthrow Which Regime? "The Neopatrimonial State and the Arab Spring"
with Adib Nehme- Regional Advisor – ESCWA
Fawwaz Traboulsi – American University of Beirut
Tareq Tell – American University of Beirut
Ziad Abdel Samad – Arab NGO Network for Development
Rami Khouri – Issam Fares Institute

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August 15, 2014

The Media Digital Literacy Academy of Beirut & IFI held a public lecture and open discussion sponsored by the Open Society Foundations, Al-Monitor and DAAD entitled: “The Occupation of the American Mind: The Spectacular Success of Israel’s Public Relations Campaign in the U.S.” with Sut Jhally

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July 24, 2014

The United Nations in the Arab World Program and the International Affairs Program at IFI held a public lecture and open discussion entitled: "Can Insights from Eliminating Chemical Weapons in Syria Benefit Inclusive Multilateralism in the Middle East?" with Sigrid Kaag, Head of the Joint Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons – United Nations Mission in Syria (UN-OPCW)

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News

  • The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) Research Advocacy and Public Policy - making (RAPP) Program is soliciting a Project Coordinator to work on a full - time basis on the Project in Human Rights in the Arab World.
    Deadline September 10, 2014 Check TOR

  • Rami Khouri talks to Tennessee World Affairs Council Global Focus about the crises sweeping the Middle East. Watch

  • War on Gaza will strengthen Palestine as both a state & a national resistance - a piece by IFI MA Director, Karim Makdisi

  • CNN's Rosemary Church speaks to IFI Director, Rami Khouri on how to fight ISIS. Watch Video


  • Listen to Rami Khouri comments on Gaza mediation efforts on July 21, 2014 BBC world service


  • Dr. Nadim Farajalla, Faculty Research Director of #IFI's Climate Change and Environment in the Arab World Program, calls for increased government transparency after Lebanon moves forward with plan to import water from Turkey, having failed to impose any restrictions on water usage. Read more

  • IFI's Climate Change in the Arab World program held a National Consultation Meeting on Water Management Integrity in Lebanon. The meeting comes within the context of the Capacity Building Programme on Water Integrity in the Middle East and North Africa, implemented with the financial support of the Stockholm International Water Institute. Read more ||| Project Summary

  • Check out Newsletter No.26 - May-July 2014 - Special Edition

  • The Research, Advocacy and Public Policy Program (RAPP) at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs is issuing a call for proposals for papers to be presented during a meeting entitled “Policy Research Institutes (PRIs): The State of Emergent Stakeholders in Public Policy-making in the Arab World”. Deadline for proposal submission is August 15, 2014. Read more

  • IFI's Climate Change in the Arab World program held a National Consultation Meeting on Water Management Integrity in Lebanon. The meeting comes within the context of the Capacity Building Programme on Water Integrity in the Middle East and North Africa, implemented by the Stockholm International Water Institute and partners with the financial support of the Swedish government.
    Click here for more details

  • AUB Keynote speaker Rami G. Khouri to Class of 2014: Build an Arab world that allows people to express their individuality

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