THE ISSAM FARES INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
The Impact of Political Economy on Bilateral Relations: From Zambia to Afghanistan, from Iraq to Lebanon
In this talk, Nadia Hijab examined the different actors involved in the efforts to frame/re-frame the narrative on Palestine in the West. While the battle for control of the narrative has marked the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the past century, there is an increased urgency at the present time. Israel is clearly determined to use the Trump Administration to legalize its occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights, leaving Gaza to its fate, and has been pouring untold millions into dominating the discourse as part of these plans. What strategies are Palestinian civil society and their allies in the US and Europe using to counter these moves? What role is there for public policy institutions?
The AUB4Refugees Initiative was launched in September 2016 as a University-wide initiative to bring together AUB community working on addressing the impacts of the Syrian refugee crisis. It aims at nurturing cooperation and building partnerships on campus and beyond to deal with the repercussions and effects of the refugee crisis. The Initiative strives for impactful research, community-based teaching, and engaged practice.
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The two-day conference was part of a project on Heritage in War funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK. This project is primarily philosophical in nature, combining the expertise of philosophers working on the ethics of war, value theory and aesthetics. The workshop brought together philosophers, practitioners, and policy-makers, to discuss both theoretical and pragmatic approaches to the value of heritage, and the ways it compares to other values at stake both during and post conflict.
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This event presented the findings of the latest Syria Independent Monitoring (SIM) report, “Protecting Healthcare in Syria”. The UK Department for International Development (DFID) requested the SIM consortium to investigate efforts to protect healthcare facilities and workers in Syria from conflict risks, primarily targeted attacks.
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With more than 117,000 people missing in Syria since 2011, the myriad of effects on those near to disappeared persons are rarely chronicled.
This event included the launching of the report by Dawlaty and Women Now titled “Shadows of the Disappeared: Testimonies of Female Syrian Relatives Left with Loss and Ambiguity” that tackles the multifaceted and profound impact of the disappearance of a loved one on Syrian women, as well as panel discussions that drew a comparative approach to the Lebanese issue of the disappeared, through a gendered lens.
The discussions was complimented by an exhibition that gives voice to the marginalized women and highlights experiences of individuals who have endured the disappearance of relatives.
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In collaboration with the Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at the American University of Beirut, IFI hosted a talk titled "When the Bars Were Put Up: Immigration Restriction in 19th Century America and its Effect on Syrian/Lebanese Immigrants" by Dr. Linda Jacobs, Independent Scholar and Author.