THE ISSAM FARES INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Towards Sustainable and Mutually-Beneficial Partnerships with the EU: Protecting Those in Need and Support to Host Countries
The AUB Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) in collaboration with EuroMeSCo organized a survey dissemination event titled “Towards Sustainable and Mutually-Beneficial Partnerships with the EU: Protecting Those in Need and Support to Host Countries”. This event aims to present the EMM5-EuroMeSCo Euromed Survey Results and discuss an analytical article based on the survey results.
This webinar is part of the new collaboration between IFI and EuroMeSCo. It was open to the public via zoom on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.
The European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) within the framework of the project “EuroMeSCo Connecting the dots” and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) within the project “EuroMed Migration 5”, carried out this survey to reflect on migration partnerships between the EU and Southern Mediterranean countries in line with the EU’s Joint Communication on a Renewed Partnership with the Southern Neighborhood and the New Pact on Migration and Asylum. It reflects the priorities and viewpoints of the nine European Neighborhood Instrument Southern Partner Countries (ENI SPCs) thereby charting a path for an evidence-driven approach to partnership negotiations. The survey targeted respondents from Southern Mediterranean Countries, including policymakers, experts, and civil society representatives.
The results of the survey contain analytical articles that also echo some specific results of the Survey, in the case of Lebanon there is a particular analysis written by the ILO Regional Office for the Arab States focused on partnerships in the context of forced displacement and support to host countries.
The AUB Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) and the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS) organized a webinar titled "The Long-Term Challenges of Solar Power Systems: Managing the Panel and Battery End of Life." The webinar took place on Thursday, May 12, 2022.
Lebanon’s electricity dilemma is being heavily impacted by the continued deep economic crisis the country is witnessing. The inability of the government to finance power production by securing Electricité du Liban’s (EDL) fuel needs for the existing power plants has led to dramatic rationing in the total power production as energy prices surge at an unprecedented rate. This has caused a remarkable rush towards the installation of increasingly competitive renewable energy sources, most notably solar photovoltaic (PV) and batteries (or solar kits) which are now being widely deployed by households and businesses across Lebanon.
Solar power is safe, reliable, efficient, and emission-clean. Yet, despite the relatively long lifetime of solar panels of around 15 years, the efficacy of these panels will degrade over time and will eventually be disposed of which poses a waste risk of alarming proportions. The same goes for the batteries (in both types, lead-acid or Li-ion) that have a much shorter lifespan of around 3-4 years. In fact, these items contain lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), Lithium (Li), and many other harmful chemicals that can leach into the soil and eventually contaminate drinking water sources.
This webinar explored available options for an environmentally sound end-of-life management of PV power systems (panels and batteries). The discussion also explored how such waste management practices could encourage the recycling and repurposing of some of the PV power system's essential components taking into consideration Lebanon’s recycling expertise.
Energy Researcher and Associate Fellow, IFI
Types of PV power systems and regulatory framework for end-of-life-management
Director of Environmental and Sustainability Services, Laceco
PV power systems waste
Mechanical Engineer and Energy Expert, Arcenciel
End-Of-Life Management: Best practices
Researcher, Lebanese Center for Policy Studies
The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) and the Political Science and Public Administration (PSPA) Society at the American University of Beirut (AUB), organized an online panel discussion titled "Implications of the Russia-Ukraine War on the Lebanese Economy". The webinar took place on Friday, April 29, 2022, from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm on Zoom.
This event tackled the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war on the global and regional economies, particularly Lebanon's. Prominent experts discussed the inflation in the prices of various goods, such as gas and wheat, and how this inflation reflects on Lebanon’s economy, which has been struggling for almost 3 years.
The Lebanese market heavily relies on imports. Yet, over the past 3 years, the Lebanese pound has lost more than 90 percent of its value and with the absence of subsidies, the implications of the war hit harder on Lebanon. This calls for alternative solutions to ensure food security in the country, which was also discussed by panelists.
Student Assistant, Department of Political Science, Aalborg University
Assistant Professor in the Food Security Programme, AUB
Economic Affairs Officer at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Director of the Climate Change and Environment Program at IFI
On the occasion of the Israeli Apartheid Week, the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) and the Palestinian Cultural Club at the American University of Beirut (AUB) organized a panel discussion to commemorate this international effort. The event titled "New International Discourse on Palestine: Shaping the Path Forward" took place on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 on Zoom and in IFI’s conference room (4th floor).
This discussion aimed at studying the prevalence of the human rights/apartheid rhetoric on the international level by discussing the latest report by Amnesty titled “Israel’s Apartheid against Palestinians: Cruel System of Domination and Crime against Humanity”. It also aimed to reflect on how Palestinians at home and abroad are reacting to this discourse to reinforce their case to the international community in general, and most importantly how the use of such a discourse raises questions regarding the failure of the two-state solution negotiations and the alternatives presented.
MENA Deputy Regional Director at Amnesty International
General Secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative - Mubadara
Vice President for International Relations and Assistant Professor of diplomacy at Arab American University of Palestine
Inès Abdel Razek
Advocacy Director at the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy
Director of the Palestine Land Studies Center at AUB
The AUB Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) and the Swedish Dialogue Institute for the Middle East and North Africa organised a panel discussion titled “How Inclusive is a Sustainable Tomorrow?” on the occasion of this year’s International Women's Day 2022. The discussion was held over zoom on Thursday, March 10, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Beirut time.
The webinar, through a presentation and a panel discussion, aimed to cover the importance of the contribution of women and girls around the world to build a more sustainable future for all. This year’s webinar built on The United Nations’ theme “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow” by bringing different perspectives from grassroots activists to institutional peace and security actors and academics.
The Presentation covered the SDG’s x WPS Reporting Toolkit and was followed by a panel discussion which highlighted the importance of diversifying peace-building processes across different aspects of sustainability from a gender-inclusive perspective, including the sustainable development goals, energy, water, and climate change, among others.
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The AUB Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI), in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan in Lebanon, organized a conference titled “Japan and Lebanon: Trajectories of reconstruction.” This event was held at IFI’s Basile Antoine Meguerdiche Conference Hall on March 8, 2022.
The two-panel conference aimed to tackle the question of political and legal reconstruction and recovery efforts after two devastating wars: World War II's impact on Japan and the Civil War in Lebanon.
In the first panel, experts presented a comparative reading of post-war dynamics in both countries. The second panel tackled a more specific question, that of the rule of law and of the administration of justice. Panelists examined two case studies that seem to bear several similarities, both in their causes and natures, as well as in the way they were addressed on the political level: The Fukushima nuclear accident, with a focus on the risk-mitigation responses, the investigation that followed, and the lessons learned; and the Beirut Port blast, with a focus on the chain of negligence that led to it, the very poor response, the dragging investigation, and the endless judicial stalling surrounding the case.
The AUB Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) organized a Paper Discussion on “Security of Oil and Gas Pipelines in the Middle East.” The discussion was held online over Zoom on Thursday, February 17, at 4:00 pm Beirut time.
This webinar discussed Dr. Naji Abi Aad’s analysis recently published by the Issam Fares Institute which looks at the historical trends of the major oil and gas pipelines of the Middle East, and dives into their operational patterns and the reasons behind their continuous shutdowns. It also highlighted the interlinkages between the latter and the political stability of the region. Additionally, the discussion shed light on the new realities of the global gas markets and their impact of the overall energy sector.
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The AUB Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) organized a webinar to present and discuss the results of a poll conducted on Lebanon by the Zogby Research Services and sponsored by the American Task Force on Lebanon. The webinar titled “In a Failing State: What Do the Lebanese Want?” was held over Zoom on Tuesday, February 15, at 6:00 pm Beirut time.
The poll, which was conducted in September 2021, surveyed 869 Lebanese adults to solicit their attitudes on Lebanon’s economic crisis, confidence in government institutions, Lebanon’s relations with other countries, the upcoming 2022 elections, and the political system at large. The webinar was an opportunity to present the poll’s results and analyze and comment on the findings from psychological and political perspectives.
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IFI held an online book discussion that examined Dr. Ali Fathollah-Nejad's latest book titled "Iran in an Emerging New World Order: From Ahmadinejad to Rouhani" on Tuesday, January 18, at 4:00 pm Beirut time.
Fathollah-Nejad's much-acclaimed book was discussed in the context of the ongoing Vienna negotiations aimed at restoring the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The book offers a critical assessment of the Islamic Republic's geopolitical visions, as well as its foreign-policy schools of thought. It also discusses Iran's "look to the East" geopolitical orientation, while theorizing the post-unipolar world order and the place Iran occupies there.
About Ali Fathollah-Nejad
Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Ph.D. (SOAS), is a German Iranian political scientist focusing on Iran, the Middle East, and the post-unipolar world order. Ali has joined IFI recently as an Associate Fellow, where he publishes a monthly brief titled "Iran in Focus" (which was previously published under the name "Iran 1400 Brief" by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom's MENA program.)
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In celebration of Human Rights Day, a multi-stakeholders dialogue was held at AUB in a global webinar titled “The Disproportionate Impact of the Syrian Crisis: A Feminist Approach to Transformative Reparations." Attracting both in-person and virtual attendees, the event was organized by AUB's Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship, in collaboration with the Arab Reform Initiative, the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) and the Embassy of Sweden.
On the occasion of the "International Day of the Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime”, the AUB Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI), in partnership with AGBU Lebanon and, Lepsius Haus Potsdam, hosted an annual conference titled, "Genocide Through the Lens of Cultural Rights.” The conference was held online (webinar) on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 5:00 pm Beirut time.
في إطار سلسلة الحلقات الدراسيّة عبر الويب تحت عنوان "الشباب في المناطق المهمّشة في لبنان: جيوب الفقر اللبنانية والمخيّمات الفلسطينيّة والتجمعات السوريّة"، تشرّف معهد عصام فارس للسياسات العامّة والشؤون الدوليّة في الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت (IFI) بالشراكة مع الهيئة اللبنانية للعلوم التربوية (LAES) بدعوة لحضور الحلقة السادسة من هذه السلسلة وذلك يوم الاثنين ١٥ تشرين الثاني/ نوفمبر ٢٠٢١عند الساعة ١١ صباحًا بتوقيت بيروت
The AUB Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) in partnership with EuroMESCO and the EU mission in Lebanon, cordially hosted a webinar titled “Public Procurement Law: What are the challenges for implementation?”on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 4:00 pm (Beirut time).
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The AUB Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI), in partnership with Chatham House (CH), the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy (CFFP), and BASIC, and with the support of UN Women, organized a webinar titled “Inclusivity and think tanks in the Arab world: What needs to change?” on Thursday, November 4, 2021. The event was an occasion to present and launch the Arabic version of Chatham House’s “Gender, think-tanks, and international affairs: a toolkit”. A practical guide constructed to assist think-tanks and the research community across the Arab world in integrating a gender-based initiative into their structure, staff, and career lifestyle. The toolkit is fundamentally a roadmap to producing knowledge and inclusive policy recommendations. The event was organized in the light of IFI’s research initiative on “Democratizing the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda in the MENA region”.
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The AUB Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) hosted a talk by Neil McCulloch, Director of The Policy Practice, titled “The Political Economy of Electricity Reform in Fragile Contexts” on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 4:00 pm (Beirut time).
أقام معهد عصام فارس للسياسات العامة والشؤون الدولية في الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت بالتعاون مع شبكة المنظّمات العربية غير الحكومية للتنمية في ٢٠ أيلول/ سبتمبر عند الساعة الخامسة مساءً لقاءًا الكترونيًا عبر منصة زوم لمناقشة كتاب أديب نعمة الأخير "التنمية والفقر: مراجعة نقدية للمفاهيم وأدوات القياس". استضافة اللقاء الذي ستديره ريما ماجد مساعدة في علم الاجتماع في الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت كل من نسرين سلطي أستاذة مشاركة في العلوم الاقتصادية في الجامعة ووائل جمال صحافي وباحث في الاقتصاد السياسي من مصر لمناقشة بعض المفاهيم والأفكار المطروحة في الكتاب على صعيدي لبنان والمنطقة بالإضافة إلى الاستماع لتعليق كاتبه وباحثة أديب نعمة، خبير ومستشار في التنمية والسياسات الاجتماعية ومكافحة الفقر، على الأفكار الواردة خلال اللقاء
في إطار سلسلة الحلقات الدراسيّة عبر الويب تحت عنوان "الشباب في المناطق المهمّشة في لبنان: جيوب الفقر اللبنانية والمخيّمات (IFI)الفلسطينيّة والتجمعات السوريّة"، دعا معهد عصام فارس للسياسات العامّة والشؤون الدوليّة في الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت بالشراكة مع الهيئة اللبنانية للعلوم التربوية للحلقة الخامسة من هذه السلسلة وذلك يوم الأربعاء ١٥ أيلول/ سبتمبر ٢٠٢١عند الساعة ١١ صباحًا بتوقيت بيروت
تحت عنوان "فقر التعليم وعنف الجو المدرسي" تتناول الحلقة الخامسة الحياة المدرسيّة للشباب في المناطق المهمّشة بناءً على نتائج الدراسة التي قامت بها الهيئة اللبنانية للعلوم التربوية تحت إشراف د. عدنان الأمين عن الشباب في المناطق المهمّشة في لبنان والتي امتدّت على مدى ثلاث سنوات ٢٠١٨ -٢٠٢١
In collaboration with The Beirut Urban Lab at the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture a two-panel webinar titled “Recovering Amidst Crises, Beirut's Port Blast One Year Later”, was organized on Thursday, August 12, 2021. This event took stock of the multiple efforts that have been deployed in the past year to initiate processes of repair and recovery in response to the damage incurred by the August 4 Beirut blast: actors, sectors and institutions.
في إطار سلسلة الحلقات الدراسيّة عبر الويب تحت عنوان "الشباب في المناطق المهمّشة في لبنان: جيوب الفقر اللبنانية والمخيّمات الفلسطينيّة والتجمعات السوريّة"، و بالشراكة مع الهيئة اللبنانية للعلوم التربوية تم تنظيم الحلقة الرابعة من هذه السلسلة وذلك يوم الخميس١٥ تمّوز/ يوليو 2020 لعرض أربع أوراق بحثية تناولت نتائج الدراسة المذكورة
On July 13, 2021, the AUB Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) hosted a webinar titled “Bashar al-Assad is (Re)Elected, and Now What?”. The session aimed to discuss the impact of the re-election of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria on May 26, 2021on the domestic, regional, and international levels.
As part of its webinars that tackle several aspects of policymaking in Lebanon and the region, the AUB Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) held on July 8, 2021, a webinar titled “Jordan’s renewable energy experience: Successes, Challenges and Lessons Learned”.
In collaboration with Global Engagement Initiative at AUB, this event was organized on Wednesday June 23, 2021 in order to give an overview of the problems in the education sector in the Arab world and their causes.
(ANND) بالشراكة مع شبكة المنظّمات العربية غير الحكومية للتنمية
تم تنظيم اجتماع استشاري/ ندوة عبر الويب حول مساءلة القطاع الخاص في لبنان، وذلك يوم الجمعة الواقع في ١٨حزيران/ يونيو٢٠٢١
يهدف الاجتماع إلى مناقشة التقرير «مراعاة مبادئ التنمية المستدامة في مجال الأعمال حالة قطاع الأغذية والمشروبات في لبنان»، وهو حالة بحثيّة ضمن تقريرالراصد العربي
في إطار سلسلة الحلقات الدراسيّة عبر الويب تحت عنوان "الشباب في المناطق المهمّشة في لبنان: جيوب الفقر اللبنانية والمخيّمات الفلسطينيّة والتجمعات السوريّة" و بالشراكة مع الهيئة اللبنانية للعلوم التربوية تم تنظيم الحلقة الثالثة من هذه السلسلة وذلك يوم الثلاثاء ١٥ حزيران/ يونيو ٢٠٢١
تبدأ الحلقة الدراسية بعرض أربع أوراق بحثية تناولت نتائج الدراسة المذكورة
In collaboration with the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Beirut, a webinar to launch the Middle East edition of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2020 (WNISR) was organized on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.