On Thursday, September 6, the History and Public Policy Program hosted a panel discussion to mark the launch of its latest addition the Digital Archive: The Emir Farid Chehab Collection. The panel featured Amb. Richard Murphy, Dr. Paul Salem (Middle East Institute), and Prof. Ziad Abu-Rish (Ohio University) and was moderated by Kate Seelye (Middle East Institute). Youmna Asseily and Hares Shehab, the children of the collection’s namesake, Emir Farid Chehab, also participated in the discussion.

The Emir Farid Chehab Collection contains the personal papers of Lebanese spymaster, Emir Farid Chehab, the first director of Lebanon’s intelligence agency, the Surete Generale. The papers extend from the beginning of Chehab’s career in the Lebanese police during the French Mandate in the 1930s all the way through his career as a diplomat into the 1980s. The scope of this collection was well represented in the panel discussion, which covered the man himself – as discussed by his two children Youmna and Hares – as well as Chehab's place in Lebanese history – thanks to the remarks of Amb. Richard Murphy and Dr. Paul Salem. Prof. Ziad Abu-Rish explained the collection's significance to the historiography of the Middle East during the Cold War and to Lebanese history in particular.

The event opened with remarks from the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Director, President, and CEO, Jane Harman, and from the Director of the History and Public Policy Program, Dr. Christian Ostermann. Following the panel discussion, there was a brief Q&A and a reception in the Wilson Center Dining Room.

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