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 IFI Newsletter Issue No.14 - February 2013

 Public Policy in the Arab World 
Youth in the Arab World

IFI launches the AUB Youth Research Working Group

  IFI and the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at AUB jointly launched the AUB Youth Research Working Group on January 31. The working group of faculty members aims at researching, synthesizing, and disseminating quality research on youth well-being in the Arab world, as well as bringing practical, relevant, and situated recommendations to the policy-making process across all sectors dealing with youth. The group is advised by a steering committee composed of AUB faculty from various disciplines. Chair of committee and (FHS) Associate Dean Dr. Rima Afifi presented the working group’s research on a framework for the analysis of youth well-being in the Arab world, as well as a new multi-disciplinary research project on the situation of youth in the areas surrounding Horsh Beirut.

  The same event included the launch of the IFI Youth in the Arab World Database, developed with the support of the UNICEF MENA Regional Office. The searchable, online database is designed to be a comprehensive and reliable repository of all published research articles, projects and researchers, as well as civil society organizations, academic institutions, and other active groups that offer critical insights into young people’s conditions and attitudes. Video

Research, Advocacy and Public Policy-making World

IFI Disseminates First Case Study of Public Policy-making

  Dr. Fadi El-Jardali, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Research Director of the Research, Advocacy and Public Policy-making Program at IFI, recently presented the results of a pioneering study on public policy-making in Lebanon. The study, conducted between September 2010 and April 2012, traced the policy-making process of the National Social Security Fund voluntary health insurance scheme, using
a policy tracing technique that covered a period of 12 years. Dr. El-Jardali’s findings highlighted the complex nature of the policy-making process in Lebanon, the elements and actors influencing this process, and the absence of a structured approach in decision-making.
   The study noted that good intentions alone are not sufficient when making decisions about key policy programs, and suggested that besides political considerations and values, research evidence is necessary when making policy decisions. Findings also suggest that policymakers need to be more aware of the important role of evidence in informing public policy-making and should develop a formal evaluation system for programs and policies. Senior policy makers including parliamentarians, the president of the parliamentary health committee, a former minister of health, senior officials from the National Social Security Fund, and the president of syndicate of hospitals were in attendance and discussed study findings and the main challenges of public policy-making in Lebanon.
Press Release: English | | | Arabic
Climate Change and Environment

Diesel Generators in Beirut cause cancer?

  The added carcinogen exposure from diesel generators in Beirut is similar to that of smoking a few cigarettes per day, and this in areas where the electricity coming from the national provider (Electricite Du Liban) is cut for only 3 hours per day. This is just one of the startling findings of a study funded by the Climate Change and Environment in the Arab world Program at IFI, and conducted by a team of AUB researchers led by Dr. Alan Shihadeh and Dr. Najat Saliba. The study was conducted in Beirut over a period of two years (2010-2012) and represents a crucial step in understanding the true air quality in Beirut.

English Lecture Briefing | | | Arabic Lecture Briefing | | | Final Report | | | Presentation.

International Affairs 

Lawfare and Armed Conflict: Comparing Israeli and US Targeted Killing Policies

  In a lecture jointly sponsored by IFI and AUB’s Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR), Dr. Lisa Hajjar recently presented her research report “Lawfare and Armed Conflict: Comparing Israeli and US Targeted Killing Policies and Challenges Against Them,” which is published as part of an IFI's International Affairs Paper Series. Hajjar is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and this year is a Visiting Professor at CASAR.

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IFI at Harvard seminar
  IFI Director Rami G. Khouri writes about a workshop he attended in February at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, about current developments in civil society in the Arab world. Read article
Reorientating US Foreign Policy in the Middle East
  IFI and the New America Foundation convened academics and civil society leaders from the US and the Middle East to propose a new approach to US foreign policy towards the MENA region post the Arab uprisings and published its recommendations in the following Policy Brief.
U.S. role in Egypt & Syria
  IFI Director Rami G. Khouri explains how the U.S. should reconsider its role in Egypt and Syria, which steps it can take to restore peace in the region, and why Kuwait is “the most interesting place in the Arab world” today. Listen to the Podcast.
Climate change accord with Brazilians
 IFI’s Climate Change and Environment in the Arab World Program, and the University of Sao Paolo Regional and Urban Economics Laboratory (NEREUS) have signed a two-year Memorandum of Partnership to carry out collaborative research work pertaining to the economics of climate change.
UN in the
Arab World Series
  International Intervention in Lebanon and Beyond, an IFI series of public events, synthesized in a report by Maureen Ali. Read more.
Working Paper Series

 The Efficiency of Food Labeling as a Rural Development Policy: The Case of Olive Oil in Lebanon
IFI Working Paper No.13 by Jad Chaaban

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