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Newsletter No.9 - June 2011
Issue No.9 | June 2011 
International Affairs:
IFI in AUB Arab Spring lectures in US
   IFI Director Rami G. Khouri and Associate Director Dr Karim Makdisi were among a panel of AUB professors and President Peter Dorman that spoke in 6 different events in New York and Washington in May, analyzing the causes and consequences of the ongoing Arab uprisings. This followed a panel at AUB in April, organized and hosted by the office of Provost Ahmad Dallal, in which five professors spoke to a large public audience.
   "The most important causes of these uprisings are the humiliation of the citizen and the slow delegitimization of many governments," said Khouri. Makdisi discussed the UN's unbalanced intervention in states like Libya, Bahrain and Yemen, and called for a shift from UN passivity to pro-activity.
   "Youth across the Arab world have used their voice to become agents of change and preserve their dignity," said Dr Rima Afifi, Associate Dean at the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Dr Rami Zurayk explored how food issues and other dimensions of social injustices contributed to the mass revolt of citizens across many countries.
   The AUB events in the USA took place at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, and other venues. The success of the tour has prompted IFI to plan for other such events around the Middle East and further afield, to share AUB's expertise with a global audience through events that include alumni, partner institutions, the Board of Trustees and donors.

International Affairs:
Researchers question the role of peace experts in Lebanon

   IFI recently hosted a half-day workshop at AUB entitled "The Quest for Peace in the Middle East: Interrogating expertise, anthropologizing moral imperatives and normative empires", which assessed and critiqued foreign peace initiatives and other interventions in the region. The event centered around three research papers that focused on the anthropology of peace-building expertise, and questioned the validity of some self-titled "experts" in this burgeoning field. The event was organized by Nikola Kosmatopoulos, University of Zurich, and co-hosted by IFI and Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE). The three speakers were Lyna Comaty, The Graduate Institute, Geneva, Zina Sawaf, former coordinator for IFI's Youth in the Arab World program, and Susann Kassem, AUB.
   The workshop called for a deeper examination of agendas behind certain peace initiatives and their donors while stressing the importance of a stronger definition of "peace expert" and a more complex review of peace-building within its historical context.

Audio ||| Video ||| Event Summary

Research papers presented by:
Zina Sawaf ||| Lyna Comaty ||| Suzann Kassem

Research in Focus : IFI Working Paper

Governing Palestinian Refugee Camps in the Arab East:
Governmentalities in Search of Legitimacy

   Dr Sari Hanafi of the Center for Behavioral Studies, AUB, looks at the relationship between power, sovereignty, and space in Palestinian refugee camps in the Arab East, by examining the modes of governance negotiated inside the camps. Hanafi analyzes 'Modes of governance', or how a camp is managed in terms of its relationship with the legal authorities and local municipalities of the host country, as well as the internal relationships between the groups within camps—especially with respect to conflict resolution for everyday problems.
   This research illustrates the need to (re)examine governance, with less emphasis on security and more on the issue of segregation, which has become a central concept in debates about the spatial concentration of social risk and urban/local governance.

Read Dr Hanafi's Working Paper: English ||| Arabic

The Bill and Sally Hambrecht Distinguished Peacemakers Lecture Series

"Preventing and Resolving Deadly Conflict: What Have We Learned?"


A lecture and open discussion with Gareth Evans, President of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group. He is also a member of the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Committee on Genocide Prevention.

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International Affairs

"Faith Misplaced: The Broken Promise of U.S.-Arab Relations"

Jointly organized with AUB's Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR), a lecture and open discussion with Dr. Ussama Makdisi, Professor of History at Rice University.

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Research, Advocacy and Public Policy-making

"Innovations and Diffusion for Regional Development – the 'specialized cities' phenomenon in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries"

A lecture and open discussion with Dr. Hiba Khodr, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Studies and Public Administration, AUB .

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