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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 8, 2014 | 9:00-2:00 | IFI Auditorium
The Neopatrimonial State in the Arab World
Adib Nehme's new book launch on neopatrimonialism in the Arab World

September 23, 2014 | 12:00-2:00 | IFI Auditorium
Relative Deprivation and Politics in the Arab Uprisings
Asya el Meehy presenting her paper entitled Relative Deprivation and Politics in the Arab Uprisings: the cases of Bahrain, Egypt, and Tunisia

September 24, 2014 | 12:00-2:00 | IFI Auditorium
Lecture by Dr. Zaid Eyadat

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

 

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

Audio | Video



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)

Summary | Video | Audio



June 13, 2014

Systematic Country Diagnostics: The World Bank’s response to social justice demands in the Middle East?
roundtable discussion with
Kaushik Basu and Shantayanan Devarajan

Audio | Video | Summary



June, 9, 2014

IFI held a roundtable discussion entitled: Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare
with Gareth Porter

Audio | Video | Summary

Media:
Al-Akhbar English







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Recent Publications


 

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 - April 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 and Environment in the Arab World Program has been selected to be the Lebanese National Partner to the “Capacity Building Programme on Water Integrity in the Middle East and North Africa” funded by the Stockholm International Water Institute.
    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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