THE ISSAM FARES INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
2020 Outlook: Lebanon between the economic crisis and the aspirations of the October uprising
The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) organized on Thursday, January 31, 2020 a panel discussion entitled: “2020 Outlook: Lebanon between the economic crisis and the aspirations of the October uprising". The panel was composed of IFI's experts Jamal Saghir, Professor of Practice McGill University and Affiliated Scholar at IFI, Hana A. El Ghali, Director of the Education and Youth Program, Nadim Farajalla, Director of the Climate Change and Environment Program, Ali Ahmad, Director of the Energy Policy and Security Program, Mona Fawaz, Director of the Social Justice and the City Program at IFI and Lina Abu Habib, Senior Policy Fellow at IFI. Based on their experience, speakers presented, an overview of the current situation in Lebanon in light of the ongoing economic crisis and the October uprising. The session was moderated by Albert Kostanian, economist and host of the “Vision 2030" talk show.
This conference puts forth the question of freedom of expression and its problematique in the context of war and more specifically, genocide. The conference was comprised of three panels that examined the role of freedom of expression in Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, and Armenia, exploring the international stance on freedom of expression vis a vis cases of its criminalization, producing hate content, and incitement to genocide using social media and other platforms.
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The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) hosted a talk titled "The US-Iran Escalating Tension: A Call for War?" by Rami Khouri, Ali Ahmad, and moderated by Rudayna Al-Baalbaky. The talk took place on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at the conference room (IFI building, 4th floor) - AUB Campus.
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