Inaugurated in 2006, the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut (IFI) is an independent, research-based, policy-oriented institute. It aims to initiate and develop policy-relevant research in and about the Arab world.
The Institute aims to bridge the gap between academia and policymaking by conducting high quality research on the complex issues and challenges faced by Lebanese and Arab societies within shifting international and global contexts, by generating evidence-based policy recommendations and solutions for Lebanon and the Arab world, and by creating an intellectual space for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas among researchers, scholars, civil society actors, media, and policy makers.
Through its work, IFI aspires to inform policy-making processes and influence the public debate, as well as to innovatively explore state of the art research methodologies and new ways for research dissemination. IFI also responds to emerging policy needs in Lebanon and the Arab world by attracting talented scholars and practitioners and building an agile organization.