The Energy Policy and Security Program

Winter/Spring 2021

The Energy Policy and Security program (EPS) at the AUB Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) is an interdisciplinary platform that aims to examine, inform and impact energy and security policies, regionally and globally. Since the end of 2020 and the beginning of the current year, the program continued to play its role revolving around influencing policy making in Lebanon’s energy sector and the MENA region at large through evidence-based research and a series of open discussions and webinars. The research team has also worked to regionalize and internationalize its areas of interest through partnerships and collaborations with renowned energy institutes around the world.


Latest Publications

Keeping the Lights on: A Short-Term Action Plan for Lebanon's Electricity Sector​



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From Dysfunctional to Functional Corruption: The Politics of Reform in Lebanon’s Electricity Sector



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World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2020


Dr. Ali Ahmad, Senior Fellow at IFI contributed to this report.


IFI will be publishing an Arabic version of this report by the end of May focusing on the MENA region.  




Partnership Announcement

The Issam Fares Institute is glad to announce its partnership with the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines as of January 2021. The partnership aims to enhance the discussion around the MENA region’s need to better grasp and implement transformative energy policies and actions, assorted with a forward-looking vision towards cleaner and greener energy compacts.


Both entities will collaborate on policy-related issues through an innovative, out-of-the-box approach targeting research in the MENA region on subjects related, but not limited to: Energy Security and Resilience, Advanced Energy Systems, Renewable Energies, Energy & Development, Circular Economy, etc. The research teams will be working together to co-conduct research, publish joint pieces and essays and co-convene virtual events about topics of interest benefiting from the Payne’s wider network and expertise.

Read here the first commentary paper published collaboratively by the two institutes in January 2021 and written by former IFI's Distinguished Fellow Jamal Saghir on the impact of climate change on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s countries, threatening human lives and health, and causing serious damage to natural and human-made infrastructure and resources. The climate change challenge for the MENA countries is making development climate resilient.
Events and Webinars
Maritime Boundaries Delimitation:
The Legal and Technical Aspects of the Negotiations

IFI held a panel discussion titled “Maritime Boundaries Delimitation: The Legal and Technical Aspects of the Negotiations." Speakers in the event included members from the Lebanese delegation for negotiations for the maritime boundaries delimitation dispute including the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations in the Lebanese Armed Forces Brigadier General Pilot Bassam Yassin; Assistant to Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Navy Staff Colonel Mazen Basbous; International Boundary Law Expert Mr. Najib Messihi; and Head of the Geology and Geophysics Department in the Lebanese Petroleum Administration Engineer Wissam Chbat. IFI Researcher in the Energy Policy and Security Program, Marc Ayoub moderated the discussion.


Video | English Summary | Arabic Summary

Models for Tackling Lebanon’s Electricity Crisis

In this webinar, different models to overcome Lebanon’s electricity challenges were examined. From the decentralized model, promoted by concessions such as Électricité de Zahle (EDZ) to the proposed centralized government plan that advocates the expansion of the thermal power generation base. The webinar also examined the evolving role of renewable energy in both models and its adoption by a number of municipalities.


Video | Summary 

IEA’s Renewables 2020:
Analysis and Forecast to 2025
with a Focus on the MENA Region

The IEA’s Renewables 2020 provided detailed analysis and forecasts through 2025 of the impact of Covid-19 on renewables in the electricity, heat, and transport sectors. It also aimed at exploring historical data and forecasts for all sectors and technologies. This conversation shed light on the key takeaways of the Renewables 2020 Report, the lessons learned from this COVID-19 era and the forecasts for the next five years with a special focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and its leading countries.


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Oil Market Outlook and OPEC+ dynamics amid COVID-19

This webinar aimed at discussing the lessons learned from this COVID-19 era and the speed at which global oil demand contracted as well as the impact it had across geographies and across fuels. In addition, the discussion tackled OPEC+ internal dynamics, the challenges in maintaining high compliance, and the revisions in oil demand forecasts for 2020 and 2021.


Video | Summary

Maritime Border Disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean:
The Race between Military Tensions and Peaceful Negotiations

This webinar aimed to explore the key legal and scientific perspectives of the disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean; discuss the future pathways of the current military escalation and the related security dimension; and propose internationally recognized mechanisms to seek peaceful, legal solutions for the countries of the region. 


Read the "Unlocking P​eace and Prosperity: How to Resolve Maritime Border Disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea?" paper by Roudi Baroudi, here.


Video | Summary 


Op-Eds and Interviews
 مقابلة مع مارك أيوب، جريدة النهار، إعداد كميل بو روفايل
Interview with Marc Ayoub, L'Orient le Jour by Philippe HAGE BOUTROS
مقالة رأي بقلم مارك أيوب، جريدة الأخبار
 مقابلة مع مارك أيوب، النهار العربي، إعداد موريس متى

Et si les panneaux solaires remplaçaient les générateurs au Liban?


Interview with Marc Ayoub, Le Commerce Du Levant by Fouad Gemayel

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