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 IFI Newsletter Issue No.13 - January 2013

 Public Policy in the Arab World 
Climate Change and Environment

Who or What Drives Climate Change Policy in the Arab world?

  “Who or What ‎Drives Climate Change Policy in the Arab World? ” was the question addressed during a panel discussion held in Doha, Qatar, by the climate change and environment in the Arab World program at IFI and the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in Qatar.

  The panel that took place on the 3rd of December featured ‎Karim Makdisi from IFI -AUB; Roula Majdalani from the United ‎Nation’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia; Lama El Hatow from IndyACT-‎The League of Independent Activists; and Rabi Mohtar from the Qatar Energy and Environment ‎Research Institute (QEERI).‎ This event coincided with the proceedings of the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which took place in Doha and was attended by IFI as part of the official Lebanese delegation. IFI’s delegation was composed of Karim Makdisi, Associate Director; Nadim Farajalla, Faculty Research Director of the program; and Rana El Hajj, Program Coordinator. Earlier in the day, Makdisi had discussed in a closed meeting with activists participating in the events of COP18 his article, "Doha as Host for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change”, published in November’s Issue of PERSPECTIVES: Political Analysis and Commentary from the Middle East & North Africa. PERSPECTIVES is published by Heinrich Boll Foundation.   
Read Dr. Makdisi's article  ||| Video ||| Audio (click twice)

Youth in the Arab World

IFI launches its Arab youth study in Washington

  Two years after the Arab citizen revolts were largely initiated by young people taking to the streets of Tunisia and Egypt, it is more important than ever today to address the grievances and aspirations of Arab youth, if Arab countries in transition are to achieve democracy, development, dignity and stability. This was the main message that IFI Director Rami G. Khouri offered at a recent panel discussion in Washington, D.C. hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

  The panel, moderated by Carnegie’s Marina Ottaway, was also addressed by Dalia Mogahed, executive director and senior analyst for the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. The discussion launched in the USA a recently completed two-year study of Arab youth  – “A Generation in Waiting: Insights into the conditions, aspirations and activism of Arab youth” – conducted by IFI-AUB, with the support of the Unicef regional office for the Middle East and North Africa. The study reviewed nine key youth sector indicators to gain comprehensive insights into the sentiments and behavior of young Arabs aged 14-29. These included identity and values, sexuality, national youth policies, adolescent girls and young women, migration, violence and armed conflict, civic and political participation, media expression, and autonomy in the family.

  Khouri noted that most measurable indicators of young people’s lives have probably deteriorated since the report was compiled, except for political participation. “While the perceptions and attitudes of youth are by no means monolithic or constant, they serve as perhaps the single best available barometer of popular grievances, attitudes and aspirations among both young and adult Arab men and women, which is a compelling reason to understand the world of young Arabs more accurately and compassionately,” he argued. The summary and video of the Carnegie panel are available at:
  The Generation on the Move report is available in Arabic and English at the IFI and Unicef MENARO websites.
IFI New Building Nears Completion
After two years of construction, the main structure of the IFI's permanent building, designed by Zaha Hadid, has been completed and interior finishing works are underway, with occupancy expected in August 2013.
AUB Arab Uprisings Research Initiative

The Changing Regional Landscape

  Building on the Arab Uprisings Research Initiative and Symposium
launched by the office of the Provost in 2011, IFI and Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) will organize a year-long joint lecture series and a workshop to more
deeply explore Arab ongoing political, economic, social, and culturaltransformations. The AUB-wide Arab Uprisings Research Initiative aims to harness the university's many resources and assets to engage constructively with the historic changes taking place across the Arab world.
  This lecture series is a contribution to the AUB Uprisings Research Initiative and builds on the 2012 symposium, and will focus on the shifting power dynamics, new players, and other critical themes, to allow for a better understand of the new regional landscape. IFI and CAMES will also organize a regional workshop to look at the “politics of knowledge production” in relation to the Arab uprisings. The lectures will focus on primarily three themes. - The Continuing Struggle, Regional Shifts, and Politics of Knowledge Production.
Check out the IFI-CAMES Joint Lecture Series for 2012-2013.
Policy and Governance in Palestinian Refugee Camps 

Right to Work for Palestinians in Lebanon

  At a panel discussion held in collaboration with the Right to Work Campaign to present highlights of an AUB-managed research study on Lebanese attitudes to the right to work for Palestinians in Lebanon, Former Labor Minister Charbel Nahas and other speakers noted, among other things, that the Palestinians living in Lebanon spend their income locally, so the economy is not affected negatively by their employment, as is the case of other foreign workers who transfer funds overseas. The panel included AUB's Dr. Sawsan Abdulrahim who is directing the research, and Dr. Aziza Khalidi who has researched Palestinian refugee rights in Lebanon for many years. Video | | | Press Release

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IFI lecture at Harvard
  IFI Director Rami G. Khouri gave a lecture at the Belfer Center entitled: "Arab Spring:From Citizen Revolts to National Reconfiguration" and was featured on the front page of the Harvard Gazette. Audio
IFI Fellow Tarek Mitri named UN envoy
  Dr. Tarek Mitri, Senior Fellow at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) since September 2011, has been appointed as special representative of the United Nations Secretary General (SG) and Head of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Read more
MENA  Report on
Climate Change
  In collaboration with UNDP and the League of Arab States, The World Bank Flagship Report on Adaptation to a Changing Climate in the Arab Countries was launched in the Arab world recently in partnership with IFI and AUB. The executive summary, technical summary and final report are available:
Executive Summary,Technical Summary, Final Report
Director’s Policy
Lecture Series
 Dr. Amr El-Shoubaki discusses his experiences with public policy-making in Egypt, with a focus on the role and impact of research institutions, and the perceptions and expectations of these institutions by different stakeholders within society. Video |||  Transcription
IFI recognized by
  IFI receives a token of appreciation from the Middle East Partnership Initiative Lebanon Alumni Association (MEPI - LAA) for its contribution to the "Towards Environmental Advocacy" Project by organizing a roundtable of experts on "Urban Green Spaces Policy in Lebanon". Video
UNRWA School Dropouts Research Report
  UNRWA School Dropouts in Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon: A Qualitative Study,
by Dr. Anies Al Hroub.
Read report in English ||| Arabic.
Working Paper Series
  Women's Citizenship Rights in Lebanon tackles citizenship rights of Lebanese women married to foreigners, from an international human rights perspective.
IFI Working Paper No.8 by Maya Mansour & Sara Abou Aad
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