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The Re-Imagining Citizenship Inaugural Annual Conference: Citizenship, Nation Building, and Inclusion in a Context of Endemic Crisis

Date: May 6-7, 2023
Location: Conference Hall 113, Residence 37, American University of Beirut, and online

The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship, IDRC Research Chairs on Forced Displacement, and the Mohammad Atallah Chair for Ethics at the American University of Beirut is organizing the Annual Collaborative Program on Forced Migration: The Case of Refugees from Syria in Lebanon on May 24, 2023 at Conference Hall 113, Residence 37, AUB, and online. 

The conference addresses the critical challenges faced by displaced individuals and their implications. President Dr. Fadlo Khuri and Dr. Fouad M. Fouad will provide the welcome note and opening remarks respectively, followed by a keynote speech by Roula El-Rifai. The plenary panels will cover topics such as threats and challenges faced by Syrian refugees in host countries, intersectional vulnerabilities, and representation and social networks among refugees. The event will conclude with discussions on future research questions on the future of refugees and their safe returns.

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The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship is delighted to announce the appointment of its second cohort of distinguished senior international fellows. These fellows have been selected based on their extensive experience, knowledge, and values that align with the institute’s mission and mandate. As senior international fellows, they are entrusted with developing initiatives, programs, and activities that align with the institute’s strategic plan and priorities.


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لأول مرة منذ ثلاثة عقود: تعثر جهود مكافحة الفقر

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Setting an Inclusive Framework for Human Security & Social Justice within the IMF and GoL Restructuring and Reform Plan: Education an Equalizer and Enabler

The report calls for reforming the public financial management and increasing fiscal space for education, mainly for the most vulnerable groups such as women and girls and segregated communities. This ultimately lays the foundation of a new social contract that invests in public social sectors and contributes to closing the gender gap. This research project…


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