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.

A Conversation with His Excellency Pierre Bouassi, Minister of Social Affairs, The Republic of Lebanon

Lebanon is home to the highest number of refugees per capita, hosting approximately 1.5 million refugees in a country of only 6 million people. The country’s weak infrastructure, challenging economic conditions, and the growing radicalization of youth and refugees place a heavy burden on the Lebanese state. In addition, the rise of tensions between refugees and their host communities are affecting the country’s fragile sectarian balance and increasing insecurity in the region.

The Corruption Cure: How Citizens and Leaders Can Combat Graft

Why leadership is key to ending political and corporate corruption globally

Corruption corrodes all facets of the world's political and corporate life, yet until now there was no one book that explained how best to battle it. The Corruption Cure provides many of the required solutions and ranges widely across continents and diverse cultures―putting some thirty-five countries under an anticorruption microscope―to show exactly how to beat back the forces of sleaze and graft.

A Conversation with His Excellency Gebran Bassil, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, The Republic of Lebanon

His Excellency Gebran Bassil, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants of the Republic of Lebanon, discussed the policy challenges and opportunities facing Lebanon given its critical geographic location in the Middle East.