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IFI Newsletter Issue No.17 - May 2013

IFI Newsletter Issue No.17 - May 2013 Web Part Menu

 Public Policy in the Arab World 
Richard Falk on The United Nations: After the Iraq War and the Arab Awakening

   Professor Richard Falk, Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law Emeritus at Princeton University, and the Special Rapporteur on Occupied Palestine for the United Nations Human Rights Council since 2008, delivered a lecture at AUB on May 3 on, "The United Nations: After the Iraq War and the Arab Awakening". He analyzed the role and performance of the United Nations in the Arab region over the past decade, situating it within the larger geopolitical context from the "war on terror" and the 2003 Iraq war to the ongoing Arab uprisings. IFI hosted the talk as part of the Bill and Sally Hambrecht Distinguished Peacemakers Lecture Series, and the United Nations in the Arab World Program.
As part of his visit to Lebanon, Richard Falk paid a visit to the South and the Blue Line accompanied by IFI Associate Director Dr. Karim Makdisi.


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IFI, National University of Singapore colloquium on "Rising Asia Meets a Turbulent Middle East"

   IFI organized a one-day joint colloquium at AUB with the Middle East Institute (MEI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) on May 10 to consider the growing political, social and economic connections between Asia and the Middle East. This was the second in a series of annual workshops between the two institutions, following a seminar in Singapore last year on the evolving Arab uprisings. Participants at the AUB meeting explored Asian perceptions and concerns of the post-uprising Arab world and regional conflicts, demographic and cultural linkages between the two regions, historical perspectives, a comparative economic analysis, transnational Islamist movements and the changing global and regional order.

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IFI attends Bonn Climate Change negotiations

   The coordinator of IFI's Climate Change and Environment in the Arab World Program, Ms. Rana El Hajj, participated in the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, in Bonn, Germany in late April. ADP is working towards a new climate change agreement by 2015 that would be applied starting in 2020. IFI attended as part of the official Lebanese delegation and Rana El Hajj's observations are in the following summary.

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"Headscarf Controversy Goes Global"

    Dr. Hilal Elver, a Research Professor who teaches comparative-international law, international human rights law, and global environmental law at the University of California at Santa Barbara, discussed the topic of her latest book, "The Headscarf Controversy, Secularism and Freedom of Religion", on April 29. She examined the controversy of the headscarf comparatively in Arab countries, Turkey, Europe and the United States, and contextualized the controversy in issues such as law, secularism, Islamophobia and gender.

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IFI at Policy-making Conference in Egypt
 Dr. Hana A. El-Ghali of IFI's Research, Advocacy and Public Policy-making Program spoke on "The Role of Policy Organizations in the Arab World" and "Policy-tracing Studies: How Policies are made in the Arab World", at the conference on the "Exchange of Skills and Best Practices between Arab Policy Organizations," organized by the Project on Middle East Democracy and the Network of Democrats in the Arab World, in Ismailia, Egypt. Click here for more info.
The GCC and the Regional Transformations
 The GCC and the Regional Transformations In a panel discussion at AUB in early May, three academics from the Gulf region -- Gerd Nonneman, Fahed Al-Sumait and AbdulKhaleq Abdullah -- analyzed the role and strategy of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states towards Arab countries going through uprisings, and looked at the internal developments and implications in their own countries.
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Jan Egeland lectures on global trends
  In a lecture at AUB in April, Jan Egeland,Deputy Executive Director of Human Rights Watch and the director of its European operations, gave a lecture on "Global Trends – Is the World Getting Better?" Video
Michael C. Hudson at IFI
  Michael C. Hudson, Director of the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore, spent the month of May at IFI as a Visiting Senior Researcher.
Working Paper
 IFI Youth in the Arab World Background Paper entitled: "Nabiha 5: " Kuwaiti Youth Movement for Political Reform"

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