American Univesity of Beirut

IFI Affiliated Scholars and Fellows


    Affiliated Scholars

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Issam Fares Institute for Public Poli​cy and International Affairs appoints Affiliated Scholars twice annually for a period of one year. Affiliation applications are accepted for consideration for scholars who are doing research related to one of the institute’s research program areas.​

    The application should have the following:

    1. A cover letter
    2. An updated CV and list of publications
    3. A letter of recommendation from your current/previous employer, department or advisor​

    ​The application should be sent to

    Applications need to meet the following deadlines:

    ​June 1
    ​For affiliations starting on September 1
    ​Oct 1
    For affiliations starting on January 15​

    If accepted, the Affiliate is expected to participate in the general intellectual life of the institute and contribute in areas of expertise. The affiliate will receive a university ID card and have access to the library and other university resources. Private office space cannot be provided but shared work space is available at the institute.

    During the year, the Affiliate agrees to contribute to one or more of the following:

    • Participate or present at a public lecture at the institute​​​​
    • Submit a paper for the Working Papers series
    • Contribute a policy brief for publication​

    Current Affiliated Scholars​​​​​​


    Robert Hoppe

    Robert Hoppe

    Dr. Robert Hoppe is an Issam Fares Institute Senior Public Policy Fellow and will be contributing to the Institute’s work on understanding how civil society organizations in the Arab world are influencing public policies. He is an emeritus professor of Policy and Knowledge, affiliated to the Department of Science, Technology and Public Policy (STePS), Faculty of Behavioral, Management and Social Sciences (BMS), University of Twente, the Netherlands. He has published widely. He is currently working (with H. Colebatch) on producing a second edition of the Handbook of Policy Process Theories to be published in 2017 by Edward Elgar.

    Sami Mahroum

    Sami Mahroum

    Dr. Sami Mahroum is an Issam Fares Institute Senior Public Policy Fellow, contributing to the Institute's newly formed Public Policy Impact Lab that aims at innovating ways of influencing and informing policy-making. Mahroum is the Founding Director of INSEAD Innovation & Policy Initiative, a post he holds since March 2010. Prior to that, Mahroum was a Senior Analyst with the OECD in Paris and a Visiting Reader at Birkbeck College, University of London. He was also Research Director at the leading UK innovation oriented agency NESTA. Over the course of his career, he has worked as a researcher, a policy analyst and an advisor on innovation policy in Austria (at the Austrian Institute of Technology), Canada (Ontario Government), France (OECD), the Netherlands (TNO and RAND), Spain (European Commission think tank), Switzerland (University of Neuchatel) and the UK (University of Manchester and NESTA). Notable achievements include is direct contribution to the UK Innovation White Paper (2008), the OECD Innovation Strategy (2010), and the Europe 2010 Futures project. He has published widely in various policy-related themes ranging from governance and priority-setting mechanisms to the measurement of innovation and brain-drain and skills-sourcing issues. His writings and publications appeared in peer-reviewed journals as well as in broadsheets like the Financial Times and BusinessWeek. He is also the author of the forthcoming book "Black Swan Start-Ups: Understanding the Rise of Successful Technology Business in Less Likely Places"(Palgrave MacMillian, March 2016).

    Mahroum has given guest lectures around the world, including at Birkbeck College, the EPFL in Lausanne, the American University in Beirut, Aalto University, and the University of Tokyo, among others. At INSEAD he has contributed to various executive seminars in addition to the MBA module Doing Business in Middle East.​

    Keith David Watenpaugh​

    Keith David Watenpaugh

    Dr. Keith David Watenpaugh is Professor and Director of Human Rights Studies at the University of California, Davis.

    A leading American historian of the contemporary Middle East, Human Rights and modern Humanitarianism, he is an expert on Genocide and its denial, and the role of the refugee and displaced peoples in world history.

    Watenpaugh is the founding director of the Human Rights Studies Program, the first academic unit of its kind in the University of California system. He has been a leader of international efforts to address the needs of displaced and refugee university students and professionals, primarily those affected by the wars and civil conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey.

    He serves of the academic advisory board of the National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagem​ent; and is a founding steering committee member of the University Alliance for Refugees and at-Risk Migrants.

    Since 2013, Watenpaugh has directed an international multi-disciplinary research project to assist refugee university students and scholars fleeing the war in Syria. This project has garnered support from the Carnegie Corp. of New York, the Open Society Foundations and the Ford Foundation.  He recently won the IIE Centennial Medal for his efforts.

    His team developed and deployed in the Middle East, the Article 26 Backpack™ - The Universal Human Rights Tool for Academic Mobility. At its core, it provides refugee young people with a way to safely store and share with universities, scholarship agencies, credential evaluation services, and even employers their educational background, employment history, professional achievements and goals. The Backpack builds connection and inclusion.

    He is author most recently of the multiple award-winning Bread from Stones: The Middle East and the Making of Modern Humanitarianism (California, 2015). His articles appear in the American Historical Review, Perspectives on History, Social History, Journal of Human Rights, Humanity, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, and the Huffington Post. He has lived and worked in Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Armenia, Iraq and Egypt.

    Watenpaugh teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Human Rights, Genocide, and Humanitarianism.

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