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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

  • 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.

  • Dr. Ali Ahmad discussing the new Energy Policy and Security Program.





  • "I believe water resources management is all about politics – it is the art of the possible. Water demand is rising in the area due to population growth, growing economies, and a changing climate. Governments need to establish national programs on birth control to reduce population growth. In addition, they are required to work to reduce causes of migration, immigration, and refugee 'generation'." Climate Change and Environment Program Director Dr. Nadim Farajalla interviewed by Harvard's Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy on the regional political dynamics regarding access to water. Read more

  • Call for Proposals
    The United Nations in Lebanon, in collaboration with the Issam Fares Institute, is seeking proposals for a project titled, “Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals: Listening to the Voices of the ‘furthest-behind’”. The project aims to include the voices of those left ‘furthest-behind’ in contributing to the localization of the 2030 SDG Agenda in Lebanon and in the formation of development policies in the country. Grants awarded range from $9,000–$14,000 USD. Deadline: 6 March, 2017.​ Read more

  • “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


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