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“Rethinking International Relations after the Arab Revolutions”

Kas and USJ host conference on new realities confronting the Middle East

The past five years have witnessed unprecedented changes in the Middle East. The conference, which was hosted by KAS and the Saint-Joseph University and took place on 15 and 16 April 2016, brought together more than 25 renowned International Relations theorists, Middle East experts and policy makers for an open discussion on the changes, upheaval, and new realities confronting the region. The participants particularly reflected on interventionism, counterterrorism, politics and religion, state collapse, non-state actors and a potential shattering of the regional framework born after WWI. more…

Event Reports | April 20, 2016

"Lebanon and the Refugees and Displaced"

Conference on the challenges of the refugee crisis for Lebanon

Lebanon has seen an unprecedented degree of refugee influx into the country. This has created many economic, social and security challenges for the small Mediterranean country. On 31 March 2016, Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation and Maison du Futur brought together 20 high-level representatives of the UN, the Arab League, the Lebanese Government and civil society to discuss these challenges and the need for a comprehensive national refugee strategy. more…

Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty | Event Reports | April 20, 2016

"Al Zabadani, Al Foua and Kefreya Agreement"

Discussion on implications of ethnic-sectarian reshuffles in Syria and Iraq

Over the last years, Iraq and Syria have seen an unprecedented degree of violence with occasional ethnic and sectarian reshuffles. While Iraq witnessed a large-scale “de-Sunnification” of certain areas after the US invasion of 2003 through the displacement of Sunnis, the “Al Zabadani-Agreement” foresees a smaller yet official and formal reshuffles of Sunnis and Shia. Against this background, the conference on 4 March 2016 brought together 20 high-level experts from Lebanon, Syria and Iraq to discuss the implications of the agreement and ethnic-sectarian reshuffles for Syria and Iraq. more…

Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty | Event Reports | March 18, 2016

“Messages for Our Rights”

Refugee youngsters in Lebanon discuss their rights and record eight video-clips

Many Syrian children are living as refugees in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq - often without access to education and under dire conditions. With support from the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, the Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts/Al-Jana conducted the seven-month “Messages for Our Rights” project in 2015 that aims to mobilize Syrian and Palestinian-Syrian refugee youngsters in Lebanon and to provide them with a venue to voice their rights. more…

February 29, 2016

Keeping Pace with Lebanon’s challenging ‘Syrian’ question

Improving ties between the Lebanese society and Syrian refugees

More than one million Syrian refugees currently live in Lebanon. With a population of just four million Lebanese, the influx of Syrians challenges the delicate balance of the Lebanese society. To strengthen communication between Lebanese and Syrians during the most trying period of their shared history, Hayya Bina supported by the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation undertook the project “Keeping Pace with Lebanon’s Challenging ‘Syrian’ Question” from September to December 2015. more…

February 25, 2016