American University of Beirut

Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship Bridging academia and activism
  • About Us

    ​The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship, inaugurated in November 2012 at the American University of Beirut (AUB), stands as a testament to the commitment of its founders, Trustee Ayman Asfari and Sawsan Asfari, through the support of the Asfari Foundation. Serving as a regional hub, the institute plays a pivotal role in fostering collaboration among academics, practitioners, and civil society actors.

    Dedicated to the exploration of both traditional and innovative forms of associational life, the Asfari Institute is at the forefront of research and initiatives aimed at overcoming challenges to effective civil society and citizenship in the Arab region. With a focus on realistic solutions, the institute engages in dynamic discourse, contributing to the development of a vibrant and informed community. By providing a platform for dialogue and knowledge exchange, the Asfari Institute strives to catalyze positive change, promoting a deeper understanding of civil society dynamics and fostering active citizenship in the Arab world.

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