American University of Beirut

Arab Civil ​Society and Their Quest to Influence Policymaking​​

​Conference Report​

In December 2019, the “Civil Society Actors and Policymaking in the Arab World” program at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs brought together 24 researchers/ research groups in addition to 15 advisors from different Arab countries to present over 90 case studies with the support of the regional office of the Open Society Foundations (OSF). 

This two-day event, titled “Breaking the Mold,” was divided into several panels covering topics such as socioeconomic rights, political rights and liberties, gender, youth, the environment, regional uprisings, and conflict-affected areas. 

The conference marked the end of the “Breaking the Mold” project’s second phase that began in April 2018, according to the program coordinator, Fatima Moussawi, during her opening remarks. She added that the project began with the ambition of reaching 100 case studies from 10 different Arab countries – Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Yemen, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, and GCC States (Kuwait, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia). 

Read this conference report here, to know more.

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