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  • This is based on research that explored the process of establishing & implementing Law293 & on a dialogue that took place in Mar to discuss the status of the law, its effectiveness, & the recommendations ensuring an efficient protection of women





  • واليوم، يغيب السؤال الأخلاقي عند فئة من السياسيين وعدد غير قليل من اللبنانيين حين يتعلق الأمر بالتعامل مع اللاجئين السوريين. صحيح أن السوريين الذين هجّروا من بلادهم استقبلوا في البداية من غير خوف ولا عداء. ولم تؤد مشكلات الاستضافة الكثيرة إلى موجات تعصب أو عنصرية على غرار بلدان أخرى أكثر ازدهاراً واستقراراً وديموقراطية من لبنان. واستحق اللبنانيون تقديراً كبيراً في العالم. لكنه بات صحيحاً أيضاً أن الرصيد المعنوي تناقص وأن التضايق من وجود السوريين تصاعد، بعد أن أثارته ثم استثمرته سياسات الهوية اللبنانية المختلطة بسياسات الهوية الطائفية
    مقالة للدكتور طارق متري، مدير معهد عصام فارس، في جريدة الحياة

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  • Dr. Tarek Mitri interviewed by L’Orient Le Jour on the dangers of xenophobia in Lebanon "We have been talking about the displaced for more than five years as a time bomb. The facts prove that the security threat due to the Syrians is largely exaggerated” Read the full L’Orient Le Jour article here (in French)

  • "The main aim of this research project is to identify, map and assess the economic, social and environmental impacts of these informal systems to help establish measures that would reduce their negative impacts, and ‘institutionalize’ or ‘integrate’ some of their aspects into the formal systems for improved overall urban sustainability and resilience”. Click here to read the Jadaliyya article on our recent publication “The Role of Informal Systems in Urban Sustainability and Resilience - A Review”​​

  • “Nabaa, as many other places in Beirut and surroundings, represents a mesh of overlapping political, social and sectarian power structures. In​ addition, the neighborhood casts very well the challenges of security and high percentage of Syrian refugees. He​nce, resorting to a negotiated use of space, while avoiding conflicts and violence, becomes a meticulous challenge.” ​ Jadaliyya article by Petra Samaha (partly funded by the Issam Fares Institute). Read more. For the full Issam Fares Institute working paper, please click here .​


  • Issam Fares Institute – Bayanat Box campaign for World Refugee Day: “There is a big burden on Lebanon, of course, but refugees are also contributing to the economy … We translated a lot of the research and the evidence proving this point into a simple yet informative format so that policymakers can actually benefit from it” Read The Daily Star article

  • “It seems like we are seeing signs from the Qatari’s as well as the UAE/Saudi’s side that they are looking for a way to resolve this problem, and that both of them save face.” Senior Fellow Rami Khouri interviewed by Al Jazeera English on the recent row between Qatar and a number of other Arab countries. Watch interview

  • Dr. Nadim Farajalla ​spoke at the 2017 World Day to Combat Desertification, jointly organized by UN-ESCWA and the Issam Fares Institute.​“Desertification, land degradation, and droughts all impact urban as well as ​rural communities. Poor policies that lead to land degradation affect city dwellers as much as they do people living in places experiencing or directly suffering from this.” Read more

  • The Syrian Center for Policy Research recently launched their “Social Degradation in Syria”​ report, in collaboration with the Issam Fares Institute: ​
    ​“Direct violence–including displacement, involvement in violent acts, and discriminatory institutional practices–affects both bridging and linking social capitals. Development indicators such as health, education, and employment are strongly correlated with the shared values and attitudes component. Moreover, the research shows that conflict economy and conflict-related deaths are the main determinants of feeling secured, while the trust between individuals is affected by conflict economy, discriminatory institutions, forced displacement, and loss of job opportunities.
    For the full report.​ ​


Thursday, August 31st, 2017 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Issam Fares Institute Auditorium - AUB (Green Oval)

Report Launch
Assessing Solar PV’s Potential in Lebanon
Dr. Ali Ahmad, Program Director, Energy Policy and Security in the Middle East, Issam Fares Institute, AUB
Mr. Ali H. Berjawi, Researcher, Energy Policy and Security in the Middle East, Issam Fares Institute, AUB
Ms. Sarah Najem, Researcher, National Center for Remote Sensing, National Council for Scientific Research

November 6th - 7th, 2017
Issam Fares Institute Auditorium - ​ AUB (Green Oval)

Two - Day Conference
The American University of Beirut will be hosting the 3rd Alliance of Lead Universities on Migration (ALUM) conference
Role of Universities in Responding to the Refugee Crisis
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