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  • Dr. Tarek Mitri speaking at the launch of the RELIEF Centre, Grand Serail, October 2nd

  • China’s Expanding Role in the Middle East: Trade, Energy, Security, and Multipolarity

 

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  • مقال للدكتور طارق متري في جريدة الحياة عن مخاطر تحول المطالبة بعودة اللاجئين السوريين إلى ما يشبه الدعوة إلى ترحيلهم وعن الأذى، المادي والمعنوي، الذي يلحق باللبنانيين والسوريين
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  • ​مقابلة د. ناصر ياسين حول مسألتيّ عودة اللاجئين السوريين وتنامي العداء الموجَّه ضد السوريين في لبنان
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  • AUB’s Outlook interviewed Dr. Nadim Farajalla on the annual climate change student competition: “The 1st [place] prize is $2,000, the 2nd is $1,500, and the 3rd is $1,000. This goes directly to the students and they could spend it whichever way they like.”
    “We expect the winning 3 students to either present their findings at a conference that we will put in here at IFI, or to get our students to go to the climate change negotiation meeting in Warsaw next year. We will fly them there and we would hopefully have a side event dedicated to the topic of climate change and land, so that they can present their work. BLF would fund this travel for the 3 winners.”
    Outlook story
    Application and competition guidelines

  • Job announcement: Real Estate Consultant - Issam Fares Institute's Social Justice and the City Program - Part-Time
    Period: November 1st - November 30th, 2017 (4 weeks)
    Application deadline: October 24th, 2017
    Full Job Announcement

  • Job announcement: Field Officer and Researcher - Issam Fares Institute’s Education and Youth Policy Research Program & AUB’s Department of Education - Full-Time
    Starting date: November 2017 (Nine months)
    Application deadline: October 25th, 2017
    Full Job Announcement

  • Job announcement: Project Coordinator and Researcher - Education and Youth Policy Research Program - Full-Time
    Starting date: November 2017 (One year)
    Application deadline: October 25th, 2017
    Full Job Announcement

  • Visual Poster for:
    Role of Informal Systems in the Sustainability and Resilience Building to Climate Change in Beirut, Lebanon
    Climate Change and Environment Program

  • Job announcement: Project Coordinator - Refugee Research and Policy in the Arab World Program - Full-Time
    Starting date: Mid-November 2017 (One year)
    Application deadline: October 23rd, 2017
    Full Job Announcement

  • إن سياسة عزل إيران وإعادة وضع العقوبات الاقتصادية عليها سوف تجعلها أقرب إلى خيار التسلح النووي من أي وقت مضى. قد تكون حالة الارتباك الأميركي في معالجة ملف كوريا الشمالية النووي، حافزًا إضافيًّا للمتشددين في طهران لتبني خيارات المواجهة والتصعيد، والتي ليس من المستبعد أن تكون تحت غطاء شعبي نتيجة حالة الإحباط الداخلي من فشل الدبلوماسية الدولية
    إقرأ المزيد في مقال د. علي أحمد، مدير برنامج الطاقة والأمن في معهد عصام فارس، حول "سقوط الاتفاق النووي مع إيران وتداعياته"، في جريدة النهار
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  • تقرير مُصوَّر لتلفزيون الجديد حول جلسة إطلاق كتاب "الربيع العربي بين الإخفاق والإصلاح"، من تنظيم معهد عصام فارس

  • مهمتنا الأساسية من المعهد هي "بناء الجسور بين منتجي المعرفة وصناع القرار، فتأتي الأولى أي المعرفة في موضوعاتها وفي لغتها قادرة على مخاطبة المسؤولين ومؤهلة لأن تلقي أضواء كاشفة على المشكلات التي يترتب عليهم التصدي لها وتصوغ اقتراحات متلائمة مع واجبات بلدنا"، د. طارق متري في حفل إطلاق مركز ريليف للنمو الشامل والازدهار
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  • "The traditional financing methods of government financing still dominate the industry but governments are increasingly looking for private sector participation to initiate new innovative financial structures for the nuclear industry. However, initial government support is imperative to finance new nuclear power plant projects, under all financing options." Article Current status and emerging trends in financing nuclear power projects, by Dr. Ali Ahmad, Program Director of Energy Policy & Security in the Middle East at the Issam Fares Institute, co-authored with Nadira Barkatullah, former IAEA’s senior economist. Published in Energy Strategy Reviews. Read the full article

  • We are welcoming applications by AUB graduate students to our annual Climate Change Student Competition! This year’s theme is ‘Climate Change and Land in the MENA Region’.
    Application and competition guidelines
    Application form
    This is a partnership between the Issam Fares Institute and Banque Libano-Française
    Application deadline: November 18, 2017
    Competition Launch Event Summary

  • “International energy companies and banks are steadily penetrating the renewable energy market in the region.”
    Dr. Ali Ahmad, Director of the Institute’s Energy Policy and Security Program, gave a presentation entitled “The Economic Case for Ditching Nuclear Power in the Middle East” at the International Beirut Energy Forum

  • Job announcement: Legal Consultant – Social Justice & the City Program - Part‑time/consultant
    Scope: Affordable Housing Options for Beirut
    Period: September 29th - November 17th, 2017 (6 weeks)
    Application deadline: September 22nd, 2017
    Full Job Announcement


  • "Struggles for dignity, social justice and freedom in the Arab world were rebuffed by counter‑revolutions, civil wars, international interventions, sectarianism, Islamist extremism and the retrenchment of authoritarianism. But these harsh violent realities on the ground, combined with the inability of the UN and western powers to mediate or resolve conflicts in the region, have brought some Arabs full circle - and back on to the streets." Editorial in the Middle East Eye on the continued significance of social movements in the region, by Mr. Rayan El-Amine, Assistant Director at the Issam Fares Institute. Read the full article "Freedom in the Middle East: There are still reasons to be positive"

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  • “Experts say it’s now up to the government to catch up with the efforts of the private sector in tapping into the potential for solar power.”
    The Daily Star interviewed Dr. Ali Ahmad, Program Director of Energy Policy and Security, on a working paper he co-authored, “Assessing Solar PV’s Potential in Lebanon”. It presents a holistic view of the potential of solar power in Lebanon for both distributed rooftop systems and utility-scale project. Read the full article "Big potential for solar power in Lebanon"

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  • “The entire government needs to take the matter of climate change seriously and should act immediately – waiting will just kill us, literally.” Dr. Nadim Farajalla interviewed by An Nahar English on the dangers of global warming to Lebanon. Read more.

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  • "أكثرية السوريين في لبنان أشاروا إلى رغبتهم في العودة إلى أماكن سكنهم في سوريا إذا تمت هذه العملية بطريقة آمنة" مقابلة مع د. ناصر ياسين على تلفزيون العربية حول قضية اللجوء السوري

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  • 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 .​

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  • 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



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October 23rd, 2017 | 4:30PM - 7:00PM 
Issam Fares Institute Auditorium - AUB (Green Oval)

Panel Discussion
In partnership with Al-Edara-BiMahala and the German Foreign Office
Decentralization in a Comparative Perspective: Lessons Learnt from Arab Countries and Former Yugoslavia

Jinan Limam, Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences, Tunisia
Ali Al-Khawaldeh, Trainer on Key Policy and Development Issues, Ministry of Parliamentary and Political Affairs in Jordan
Soeren Keil, Reader in Politics and International Relations, Canterbury Christ Church University



October 26th, 2017 | 5:30PM - 7:00PM 
Issam Fares Institute Auditorium - AUB (Green Oval)

Lecture
In partnership with the Embassy of Finland in Beirut and the Finnish Institute in the Middle East
A Small Nation Surviving a Turbulent Era: The Finnish Experience

Jaakko Iloniemi, Finnish Veteran Diplomat



​​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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