Lebanon Events

Facing Terrorism: A Lebanese Perspective

March 25, 2015 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Lebanon is surprisingly quiet while the region around it is literally burning. The country is facing many challenges, from the vacancy in the presidency to Hezbollah’s involvement in the fight in Syria to the presence of over one million Syrian refugees. Because of the government’s war on terror, Lebanon has succeeded in keeping a lid on the sources of tension in the country while fighting extremism and fending off terrorism. Interior Minister Machnouk, a key figure in this fight to keep the country stable and secure, discusses fighting extremism in Lebanon and how to keep Lebanon from becoming involved in the surrounding wars.
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Eliminating Extremism One Child at a Time

February 02, 2015 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
As one of the most moderate, vocal and courageous political leaders in Lebanon, Mr. Ahmad El-Assaad, will speak about the political situation in Lebanon and the region, the impact of the extremist movements, and what can be done to alleviate and ultimately eliminate these movements. He is the founder, director, and chairman of the Saving the Next Generation Foundation, an organization which offers educational and recreational opportunities to youth in the region.

Lebanon without a President: Can Lebanon Weather the Neighborhood Storm?

June 11, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
MEP hosts a meeting on "Lebanon without a President: Can Lebanon Weather the Neighborhood Storm?" with Basem Shabb, Member of Parliament in Lebanon, Future Parliamentary bloc.
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The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Why it Matters

May 22, 2014 // 12:15pm1:15pm
Middle East Program
Trials at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon began in January 2014. Five people are accused in relation to the attack that killed the former Lebanese Prime Minister, Rafiq Hariri, and 21 others. Daryl Mundis, the Registrar of the court, and the former Chief of Prosecutions, will discuss the evolution of the court and its work so far.
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Humanitarian Crisis: Impact of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

October 29, 2013 // 8:55am10:30am
Middle East Program
Lebanon hosts more refugees from Syria than any other country in the region, placing tremendous strain on Lebanese host communities, public services, and infrastructure. Join this conversation about the humanitarian impact of the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon and what steps the international community is taking to address the issue.
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Hezbollah’s Interests in Syria

July 25, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Hezbollah seems to be willing to lose its popularity in Lebanon to help Bashar al-Assad. Ghaddar explains why Hezbollah’s involvement seems as if they are helping secure some kind of federalism; however, their main interest is not to protect Assad, but instead, Iran.
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Russian Studies at American Universities in the Middle East: Beirut and Cairo

May 06, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Paul du Quenoy discussed the challenges, rewards, and new perspectives that flow from researching Russia at American academic institutions in the turbulent Middle East. Drawing on his experiences in Beirut and Cairo, he shared insights on teaching and pedagogy and describe his current research, which links the Middle East region to Imperial Russian diplomacy.

A Conversation with Sarkis Naoum

April 15, 2013 // 3:00pm4:00pm
Middle East Program
The crisis in Syria drags on with consequences that are already reshaping the neighborhood. What is the future of the Assads and of Syria itself? And what are the implications of the Syrian crisis for Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Iran? Join us for a conversation with Naoum, one of the Middle East’s and Lebanon’s preeminent journalists and analysts for a regional tour d’horizon.
Photo by Mona Youssef
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Lebanon and the Arab World in Transition

November 14, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Fuad Siniora, former Prime Minister of Lebanon, discussed the dynamism of the Arab Spring and expressed optimism that current trends can lead to greater dialogue and democracy in the Middle East.
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The Middle East in Transition: A Lebanese Perspective

September 21, 2012 // 12:00pm1:15pm
Middle East Program
The region is in the midst of a historic but turbulent transition. Almost all the region's fault lines are in flux. Shia versus Sunnis; Iran versus its many enemies; militant Islam versus moderate Islam; and the Syrian dictatorship versus its own people, let alone the perennial Israel versus the Palestinians. While these are regional fault lines, nowhere do they all collide together the way they do in Lebanon - with potentially great ramifications for the country's security, its politics, and its future. Chatah will address these conflicts and related policy questions for Lebanon, for the rest of the region, and for the United States.

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