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  • نظم معهد عصام فارس ورشة عمل مع باحثين من قسم الدراسات والمعلومات في مجلس النيابي اللبناني لتبادل المعلومات وتطوير العلاقات بين المعهد و مجلس النواب

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  • The Issam Fares Institute is pleased to announce it has received the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture for its unique Zaha Hadid-designed building on AUB campus. Click on image for more information.

  • The Issam Fares Institute is pleased to announce it has received the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture for its unique Zaha Hadid-designed building on AUB campus. Click on image for more information.

  • The UN General Assembly is hosting a high-level summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants. Nasser Yassin provides his perspective in this short interview.




  • “Policies and regulations should be developed that aim at integrating water resource management into the countries’ and the region’s development plans so that water availability controls development and not the other way round.”
    Read more​ about the article published in the German magazine​ Orient​ by Dr. Nadim Farajalla, Program Director at the Institute.

  • Dr. Ali Ahmad, Director of the Institute’s Energy Policy and Security Program, recently published an Op-ed in the Jordan Times: “Jordan’s Energy Match: Solar 1 Nuclear 0”

  • Issam Fares Institute Affiliated Scholar Dr. Maja Yanmyr published an article in the peer-reviewed journal Refugee Survey Quarterly on the legal status of Syrian refugees in Lebanon: “Lebanon has had an ambiguous approach to the more than one million Syrians seeking protection in the country since 2011. The country is neither party to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, nor does it have any national legislation dealing with refugees.”

  • The Climate Change and Environment Program at our Institute participated and presented at the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung’s 4th regional conference on Sustainable and Social Cities in the Middle East and North Africa region that took place in Casablanca on the 20th and 21st of November 2016. Nadim Farajalla, Program Director, presented an overview of the ongoing Issam Fares Institute-FES project on informal systems in cities of the region, while Rana El Hajj, Senior Program Coordinator, presented on policy planning in MENA cities, proposing a paradigm shift towards an integrated approach.

  • Voluntas Advisory has just published its report entitled "State of the Syria Crisis" in which Dr Nasser Yassin was member of the study's core advisory team. The study targeted 4000 practitioners from international organizations, NGOs, government authorities, donors, as well as the private sector and academia, covering the cross section of the refugee and host community response in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. Findings show that there is widespread disillusionment among the practitioners with both the situation and the response, with a pessimistic outlook on the future. More than half (56%) of practitioners expect the situation to worsen one year from now, while only 11% believe it will improve. Further, more than 8 out of 10 do not believe that the national and international response will improve within the next year. Such criticism from within the humanitarian and development system underscores the need for new and innovative thinking to improve the response and the situation in neighboring countries.

  • L’Orient Le Jour discusses the Issam Fares Institute Lebanon side-event co-organized with the Ministry of Environment and UNDP at the COP22 that focused on inter-sectoral collaboration between government, the private sector and civil society in Lebanon, quoting Nadim Farajalla, Program Director of Environment and Climate Change at the Institute. Read more.

  • Dr. Ali Ahmad, director of the Energy Policy and Security in the Middle East Program at the Issam Fares Institute, recently spoke at the Amman Security Colloquium about the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (also known as Iran’s nuclear deal). The conference, which took place on the 16th and 17th of November 2016, highlighted issues related to the establishment of WMD-free zone in the Middle East, the use of non-conventional weapons by non-state actors, and the implications of the Iran nuclear deal.

  • شاهدوا مقابلة مدير معهد عصام فارس للسياسات العامة والشؤون الدولية الدكتور طارق متري في برنامج كلام الناس، بعد فوز مبنى المعهد بجائزة آغا خان للعمارة عن عام ٢٠١٦


Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 | 10am - 12pm
Issam Fares Institute, Conference room (4th floor) AUB (Green Oval)

Panel Discussion
in collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Paris Agreement, SDGs, and the New Urban Agenda: Opportunities for Sustainable Urban Development
Michele Zuin, Technical Energy and Climate Expert - ICLEI European Secretariat
Faraj El-Awar, (Ph.D.) Head of the Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA) Secretariat at UN-Habitat Office in Barcelona, Spain
Tony Sfeir, Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) for the City of Byblos

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 | 5pm - 7pm
Issam Fares Institute - Auditorium
AUB (Green Oval)

in collaboration with The Legal Agenda and The Center for Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia)

Peace in Colombia: Review of the Peace Agreement Between the Colombian State and the FARC
César Rodríguez-Garavito, Executive Director of the Center for Law, Justice, and Society

Thursday, January 26th, 2017 | 10am - 2pm
Issam Fares Institute, Conference room (4th floor) - AUB (Green Oval)

Responsibility to Protect Civilians: International and Regional Perspectives​
Dr. Jennifer Welsh, Professor, European University Institute
Dr. Bashshar Haydar, Professor, AUB
Dr. Tarek Mitri, Director of the Issam Fares Institute, AUB
Dr. Coralie Hindawi, Assistant Professor, AUB

February 2-3, 2017 | 9am-7pm
Issam Fares Institutte - Auditorium
AUB (Green Oval)

Two-Day Conference
in collaboration with Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice at Princeton University
Social Justice in the Arab World since 2010:
Changing Conditions, Mobilizations, and Policies

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