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Bill and Sally Hambrecht Distinguished Peacemakers Lecture Series



The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at AUB inaugurated the Bill and Sally Hambrecht Distinguished Peacemakers Lecture Series in October 2007 with conflict mediator Alvaro de Soto. In the course of two years, 10 - 12 speakers who have mediated national and international conflicts around the globe will be invited to spend 2-3 days in the country to give a public lecture at AUB. These speakers will either be individuals who have mediated conflicts, or practitioners in international organizations who deal with conflict resolution. The speakers are respected individuals who have substantial experience and knowledge to share with the AUB community and the world leading to a better understanding of the enduring lessons to be learnt from successfully or unsuccessfully mediated conflicts.

The speakers will also be involved in a course series to be launched in fall 2008, thematically structured around the speakers' experiences. The idea to create a dynamic atmosphere for faculty members and students aim is to engage both formally and informally with such imminent individuals. This will help students obtain both theoretical and practical experiences in the field of conflict resolution.

To capitalize on the speakers' presence in the country, Issam Fares Institute will organize meetings and workshops for the speakers with professors and conflict resolution experts and practitioners in Lebanon and the region. This allows an exchange of ideas, skills and knowledge obtained from working on the ground between all participants; in turn, generating valuable lessons for everyone to be learnt when dealing with future conflict situations.

Finally in order to establish a wider impact, a book or series of monographs will be published at the end of the lecture series. Videos of the events will be posted on the website for anyone to access. In order to render the series more accessible, web-conferencing will also be set up during some of the events which will engage international audiences in the program.

  • Alvaro de SotoLessons Learned from a Quarter Century of Peacemaking on Three Continents
    Audio ||| Video ||| Poster

  • Alastair CrookeTalking with Islamists: An overdue task or an exercise in appeasement? Lessons learnt from 30 years of working in conflicts
    Audio ||| Video ||| Poster
    Workshop Audio ||| Workshop Video

  • Robert MalleyCan Washington Mediate Arab-Israeli Peace? Lessons from Camp David II, the Clinton Years and Beyond
    Audio ||| Video ||| Poster

  • Gareth EvansPreventing and Resolving Deadly Conflict: What Have We Learned?
    Audio ||| Video ||| Poster

  • Jimmy Carter30 Years After Camp David: A Memo to the Arab World, Israel and the Quartet
    Audio ||| Video ||| Poster

  • Jan EliassonPeacemaking Under the United Nations Flag: Reflections on a Quarter Century of Mediation
    Audio ||| Video ||| Poster

  • Rob RaeFostering Power-sharing and Good Governance in Pluralistic Societies: Lessons from Canada's Experience
    Audio ||| Video ||| Poster

  • Colin IrwinThe Public as Peace-maker: How Polling in Divided Societies Can Promote Negotiated Agreements
    Audio ||| Video ||| Poster

  • Lakhdar BrahimiMaking and Keeping the Peace: Reflections on UN Experiences in the Middle East and Afghanistan
    Audio ||| Video ||| Poster

  • Amre MoussaThe Situation in the Middle East: A Vision for the Future
    Audio ||| Video ||| Transcript ||| Poster

  • Aaron David MillerGulliver's Troubles: Barack Obama in the Middle East
    Audio ||| Video ||| Poster

  • Hannes SiebertBeyond Mediation: Promoting Change and Resolving Conflicts Through Authentic National Dialogue
    Audio ||| Video ||| Poster

  • Major General Robert MoodSupervising a Temporary Truce, Working for a Permanent Peace: UNTSO's Ongoing Mission in the Middle East
    Video ||| Audio ||| Poster

  • Richard FalkThe United Nations: After the Iraq War & the Arab Awakening
    Video ||| Summary ||| Poster

  • Filippo GrandiCrossroads of Crisis: Yarmouk, Syria, and the Predicament of Palestine Refugees
    Audio ||| Video ||| Speech ||| Summary ||| Poster​



Interventions in Conflict: International Peacemaking in the Middle East (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2016), edited by Rami G. Khouri (Senior Fellow and former Director of the Issam Fares Institute), Karim Makdisi (Former Director of UN in the Arab World Program, Issam Fares Institute, and Associate Professor of Politics, AUB), and Martin Waehlisch (Issam Fares Institute Affiliated Scholar, and Political Affairs Officer, UN).
This collected volume presents reflections from prominent international peacemakers in the Middle East, including Jimmy Carter, Lakhdar Brahimi, Richard Falk, Jan Eliasson, Alvaro de Soto, and others. It provides unique insights and lessons learned about diplomacy and international peace mediation practice based on real life experience. The personal stories offer a critical analysis of successful and unsuccessful peace processes, as well as the chances and limits of solving the most intractable conflicts in the region and other parts of the world. The talks in this edited volume were part of the Bill and Sally Hambrecht Distinguished Peacemakers Lecture series of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
Purchase the volume(Palgrave-MacMillan Press).

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