• Call for Proposals
    The United Nations in Lebanon, in collaboration with the Issam Fares Institute, is seeking proposals for a project titled, “Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals: Listening to the Voices of the ‘furthest-behind’”. The project aims to include the voices of those left ‘furthest-behind’ in contributing to the localization of the 2030 SDG Agenda in Lebanon and in the formation of development policies in the country. Grants awarded range from $9,000–$14,000 USD. Deadline: 6 March, 2017. Read more


  • Intellectual and religious freedom in the region
    “Ethnic groups, and ethnicized religious groups, are both actors and victims of identity politics … Through the 20th Century their members struggled to assert themselves and be recognized as citizens”. Director of the Issam Fares Institute, Dr. Tarek Mitri, recently gave a talk at Villanova University on “The Role of Christian Intellectuals in Arab Politics and the Movement for Secular Nationalism and Religious Freedom”. Watch video

  • Access to higher education is a political, not a technical issue
    Dr. Hana A. El-Ghali, Senior Program Coordinator for Education and Youth at the Institute, recently gave a presentation on higher education for refugees, at a conference in Amman, Jordan. Read more

  • Lebanon showcases at COP22 cross-sectoral collaboration towards climate change action
    Dr. Nadim Farajalla, Program Director for the Climate Change and Environment Program at the Institute gave a presentation at a side-event organized by our Institute, the Ministry of Environment, and UNDP, at the Marrakech Climate Change Conference - COP22. Read more: English ||| Arabic ||| French

  • "Interventions in Conflict: International Peacemaking in the Middle East"
    The talks in this edited volume were part of the Issam Fares Institute’s Bill and Sally Hambrecht Distinguished Peacemakers Lecture Series. This volume presents reflections from prominent international peacemakers in the Middle East, including Jimmy Carter, Lakhdar Brahimi, Jan Eliasson, Alvaro de Soto, and others. It provides unique insights and lessons learned about diplomacy and international peace mediation practice based on real life experience. Edited by Rami G. Khouri, Karim Makdisi and Martin Wählisch, and published by Palgrave Macmillan. Purchase the volume

  • “Jordan’s energy match: solar 1 nuclear 0”
    “Academic studies in the United States estimate that solar photovoltaic power creates more than six times as many jobs as nuclear power for each unit of electricity generated. And since solar electricity will very soon be, if it is not already, cheaper than nuclear power, there will be more jobs created for each dollar invested in solar photovoltaics than nuclear power.”
    Check out the rest of the Op-ed by Dr. Ali Ahmad, Director of the Institute’s Energy Policy and Security Program, recently published in the Jordan Times.

  • "Land of Blue Helmets"
    “Prashad and Makdisi’s book offers remarkable insight into a complex and multifaceted United Nations, disentangling the threads of its intense and often paradoxical engagement with the Arab world.”—Rima Khalaf, Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. Purchase the book

  • Responding to the Syrian crisis in Lebanon
    Issam Fares Institute's working paper is among the top 10 most downloaded International Institute for Environment and Development publications of 2016! Read more

Upcoming Events

الثلاثاء ٢١ شباط ٢٠١٧ | الخامسة والنصف مساءً
معهد عصام فارس، قاعة الأوديتوريوم | الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت
إطلاق تقرير
السياسة بالصدفة: الحراك يواجه شعوبه
كارول كرباج باحثة في برنامج العدالة الاجتماعية والتنمية في العالم العربي في معهد عصام فارس للسياسات العامة والشؤون الدولية في الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت

الخميس ٢٣ شباط ٢٠١٧| الخامسة مساءً
معهد عصام فارس، قاعة الأوديتوريوم | الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت
جلسة نقاش
كيف غيرت الحرب اليمن؟
ماجد المذحجي وعبدالرشيد الفقيه وفارع المسلمي

Monday, March 6, 2017 | 5:30pm-7:00pm
Issam Fares Institute Auditorium, AUB (Green Oval)
Book Launch
War is Coming: Between Past and Future Violence in Lebanon
Sami Hermez, Northwestern University in Qatar

الثلاثاء ٧ آذار ٢٠١٧ | الخامسة مساءً
معهد عصام فارس، قاعة الأوديتوريوم | الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت
جلسة نقاش
تحولات صحة المرأة في لبنان :والعالم العربي الواقع وتحدياته، وتأثير السياسات والتشريعات 

Recent Publications

  • Infographic
    AUB's Issam Fares Institute has produced an infographic on the reality of birth registration of refugees coming from Syria to Lebanon. This infographic stems from ongoing discussions initiated by the Lebanese-Palestinian Dialogue Committee (LPDC) at the Prime Minister's office, in the presence of representatives from the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities, UNHCR, UNRWA, NRC, and the Issam Fares Institute. The content of the infographic is based on data collected by NRC.
    English ||| Arabic

Recent Events
  • Seminar
    The Crime of Genocide and the MENA Region: Lessons Learnt for Prevention or Protection
    On the Occasion of the “International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime”, the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) and the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) in Collaboration with Potsdam Lepsius House, Research Center for Genocide Studies – Germany, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs – AUB, and the Foundation for Human and Humanitarian Rights - Lebanon (FHHRL)
    Audio ||| Video