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  • 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

  • Assistant Director Rayan El-Amine comments on the implications of Trump’s victory for the Middle East region: “Military strategies are, however, already in play when it comes to Syria. Trump won't easily put the brakes on military plans already set in motion under President Barack Obama's government..”

  • '98% of new born Syrian refugees are at risk of becoming stateless'
    Annahar interviews AUB Professor Nasser Yassin on the complexity of birth registration for refugees from Syria.

  • Leila Kabalan, Program Coordinator at the institute, writes for Executive Magazine about gentrification and displacement challenges in the Mar Mikhael neighborhood and initiatives within the Social Justice and the City project to counter that narrative. Read more

  • 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.

  • On July 20th the Social Justice and the City program held a closed workshop on the case study of the neighborhood of Mar Mikhael (Beirut) where property exchanges and building activities usher a rapid transformation of the social and spatial quality of the neighborhood in the coming years.
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Friday, December 2nd, 2016 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Issam Fares Institute Auditorium AUB (Green Oval)

Nadim Makdisi Memorial Fund Annual Lecture
Covering Syria and Iraq: Major Challenges Faced by Western Journalists
Patrick Cockburn, Middle East Correspondent, The Independent

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