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Towards Long Term Sustainable Solutions to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

UNHCR's new report published this week estimates that by the end of 2018, "almost 70.8 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations.” This is another record high number and a stark reminder of the magnitude of the global refugee crisis.

U.S. Leadership Needed on Syrian Refugee Crisis

Sixty percent of Syria’s population are either refugees or internally displaced.  Of those thirteen million Syrians, nearly six million are refugees who fled to neighboring Middle Eastern nations—five times more than the one million in Europe and the U.S.

Women Leaders Needed: The Road Ahead in Lebanon’s Public and Private Sectors

As the female CEO of a Lebanese multinational corporation with dealings in the public, civic, governmental and private domains, I have observed some notable trends when it comes to the issue of female representation in the workforce.

Challenges and Opportunities for Lebanese Women

Culture and perceptions still influence the role of women in Lebanese society.  They are undermined on many levels ranging from social conservatism to policy matters. Despite the numerous ministerial commitments and declarations on their intentions to support women and promote their involvement in economic and political affairs, progress has been limited and more has to be done.

Implementing the U.S. Global Water Strategy: A First-Year Review

In November 2017, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development released the first U.S. Global Water Strategy. With contributions from more than 17 U.S. government agencies and departments, the Global Water Strategy lays out four interrelated objectives to support a more water secure world: increase access to sustainable safe drinking water and sanitation services, and promote hygiene; protect freshwater resources; promote cooperation on shared waters; and strengthen water governance and financing.

Under Construction: Lebanon at Seventy-Five

Lebanon recently marked its 75th independence day, honoring a national pact that was made in 1943, which gave birth to a parliamentary democracy in a region dominated by non-democratic regimes. However, this unwritten compromise that formalized the country’s leadership along sectarian lines has failed to deliver a national vision that secures civil peace and democratic governance.

The Emir Farid Chehab Collection Launch

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.