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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 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Issam Fares Institute (Green Oval), Auditorium - AUB

Violence, Torture and Cinema: from the Middle East to Latin America and back
Riccardo Bocco


Save the Date:
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Climate Change and Environment in the Arab World Program will be organizing a conference on Sustainable Transportation in the Arab World (more info coming soon)


Recent Events


April 22, 2014

IFI held Director's lecture series on Setting the Agenda: The experience of LCPS in influencing policymaking in Lebanon with Sami Atallah,

Audio ||| Invitation


April 16, 2014

IFI held presentation and report launch on Arab States and UN Human Rights Mechanisms by Fateh Azzam, Director of Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship and Senior Public Policy Fellow at IFI

Audio ||| Video

Invitation ||| Download Paper

Media: AlMustaqbal


April 9, 2014

The Climate Change and Environment in the Arab World Program at IFI and the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at AUB in collaboration with the Research Institute for Sustainable Environment at AUC and the Institute for Sustainable Development Practices at the Columbia University Middle East Research Center held a presentation on The Impacts of Population Growth and Climate Change in Lebanon and Egypt on Water Scarcity, Agricultural Output and Food Security

Summary ||| Audio ||| Video

Report ||| Invitation ||| Agenda

Annahar ||| Almustaqbal ||| Aliwaa


March 20, 2014

IFI's Social Justice and Development Policy in the Arab World initiative, in collaboration with Human Rights Watch, held a screening of The Square followed by a panel discussion with Mr. Nadim Houry and Dr. Asya el-Meehy

Invitation ||| Summary

March 18, 2014

Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs held a lecture entitled Protecting Syrian Refugees: Laws, Policies and Global Responsibility-Sharing with Dr. Susan Akram




Recent Publications



  • IFI announces the availability of two post-doctoral fellowships in public policy and international affairs at AUB for the full academic year 2014-2015 starting September 1, 2014. Read more

  • Rami Khouri, IFI Director talks at Arizona State University on Sectarianism, secularism and statehood: Challenges and changes that shape the Middle East. Watch talk

  • The Consortium of Arab Policy Research Institutes (CAPRI) project organized a workshop, on the 19th of February at AUB, that examined the role and research production of university-based policy research institutes in Lebanon.

  • BBC interview with Michael C. Hudson, IFI Visiting Scholar, on Al-Sisi's presidential announcement. Watch here

  • IFI's Director Rami Khouri recounts his reaction to BBC World Service Newshour on the news of the death of Ariel Sharon. Read more

  • The Chessboard in a Region War The Future of Lebanon, an article by Karim Makdisi; IFI-MA Program Director

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