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IFI Newsletter Issue No.19 - August - September 2013

IFI Newsletter Issue No.19 - August - September 2013 Web Part Menu

 
 Public Policy in the Arab World 
 
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Economic adaptation to Climate Change

   Dr. Nadim Farajalla, Faculty Research Director for IFI's Climate Change and Environment in the Arab World Program, recently gave a presentation on the impact of climate change on the Arab World, at the University of São Paolo (USP), Brazil. Dr Farajalla's research trip was born out of the ‘Memorandum of Partnership’ that was signed in November 2012 between IFI’s Climate Change and Environment in the Arab World Program, and the USP’s Regional and Urban Economics Lab (NEREUS). The partnership's objective is to conduct common research related to the economics of climate change in Lebanon and the Arab World. Both USP and NEREUS are top-ranked institutions in the field of economics in Latin America.

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Left to right: Eduardo Amaral Haddad (FEA/USP), Joaquim José Martins Guilhoto (FEA/USP), Carlos Roberto Azzoni (FEA/USP), and Nadim Farajalla (IFI, AUB)

National Youth Policy - Lebanon's pioneering experience

   In a recent IFI-sponsored panel discussion on Lebanon's newly formulated National Youth Policy (LYP), Rania Sabaayon, Executive Director of Masar Association and secretary of the "Youth Forum for Youth Policy", explained how the LYP is a model of cooperation between civil society, the government and the United Nations to serve the best interests of Lebanese youth. Dr. Ziad Mansour, advisor to the Minister of Youth and Sports and professor at the Lebanese University and La Sagesse University, indicated that although the document contained 'sensitive' issues, like gender equality, which touched on the personal civil status laws, the Lebanese cabinet endorsed the youth policy by consensus with the approval of 29 ministers and Prime Minister Najib Mikati in April 2012.

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Research Report by IFI Senior Public Policy Fellow: Arab States and UN Human Rights

   Fateh Azzam, an IFI Senior Public Policy Fellow and most recently UN-OHCHR (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights) Regional Representative, focuses on the international human rights protection system and how selected MENA countries engaged it between 2005 and 2012. The Arab uprisings have brought the interdependence between development, democracy and human rights into sharp focus. According to Azzam, the Arab region has moved on from considering human rights as a form of Western "neo-colonialism", and the most common discourse now looks towards Arab and Islamic cultures as equally valid sources for human rights norms. Azzam concludes: "The uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East were clear expressions of people's frustrations with unaccountable government, ineffectual economic policies, rampant corruption, and the exclusion of the intended beneficiaries of development from any participation in the debates on public policy."
For the full research report please click here

"Why Nations Fail?" Book Launch Event

   In a recent book launch event at AUB, Harvard professor James Robinson said that failed states are caused by poorly crafted political and economic institutions rather than culture or geography. Co-authored with Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Daron Acemoglu, "Why Nations Fail? The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty" is based on 15 years of research. It points to "extractive" economic and political institutions that concentrate power in the hands of a few, are heavily regulated, and lack law and order and checks. "The Arab Spring was a revolt against these extractive institutions," Robinson said. "The theory of the book suggests that this will only lead to a more inclusive society and not the iron law of oligarchy, if a broad coalition forms and sustains itself." ”

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10-year anniversary of the Iraq War

 Quotes from Harvard University faculty and fellows Stephen Walt, Juliette Kayyem and Rami Khouri on the 10-year anniversary of the Iraq War in the Belfer Center newsletter. Read Quotes
Nora Stel New affiliated scholar at IFI

 
Nora Stel is a Research Fellow at the Maastricht School of Management and PhD candidate at the Centre for Conflict Studies, Utrecht University that has recently become an affliated scholar at IFI is doing research on the relations between Lebanese state institutions and Palestinian authorities in Shabriha gathering, South Lebanon. She is focusing her research on governance of welfare, security and representation, and studies these sub-cases as building blocks for a comprehensive analysis.
"Arab think tanks can help shape public policy options in transitioning countries"

 
IFI Director Rami Khouri and Farah Yehia, Coordinator of IFI’s Consortium of Arab Policy Research Institutes project, participated in a recent conference titled: "Reform-oriented knowledge amid political transitions: The role of think tanks in supporting policy dialogue and consensus building". The conference was organized by the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre and the Foundation for the Future in Amman, Jordan this past July.
Conference site ||| Listen to Rami Khouri's comments
Population Displacement and the Arab Uprisings

 
Shaden Khallaf, Lecturer at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies and the Department of Law at The American University in Cairo, gave a lecture at AUB recently on the population displacement and refugees that have resulted from the Arab uprisings.
  For her Working Paper related to this topic please click here
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