About Us

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Our Miss​ion​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Inaugurated in 2006, the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut (IFI - AUB Policy Institute) is an independent, research-based, policy oriented institute. It aims to initiate and develop policy-relevant research in and about the Arab region.​

The institute is committed to expanding and deepening knowledge production and to creating a space for the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas among researchers, civil society actors, and policy makers.

Our G​​​oals​

  • Enhancing and broadening public policy-related debate and knowledge production in the Arab world and beyond;
  • Better understanding the Arab world within shifting international and global contexts;
  • Providing a space to enrich the quality of interaction among scholars, officials and civil society actors in and about the Arab world;
  • Disseminating knowledge that is accessible to policy-makers, media, research communities and the general public.