A Conversation with
His Excellency Pierre Bouassi
Minister of Social Affairs,
The Republic of Lebanon
President of the Board and CEO, Safadi Foundation USA
Aaron David Miller
Vice President for New Initiatives and Director of the Middle East Program,
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.
Please join us as Minister Bouassi addresses these and other issues.
The Middle East Program at the Wilson Center and Safadi Foundation USA present
this event as part of their jointly sponsored Lebanon Ideas Forum
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
10:00 am-11:15 am
5th floor Conference Room
Woodrow Wilson Center
Seating is limited. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A photo ID is required for entry. The Woodrow Wilson Center is located in the Ronald Reagan Building (Federal Triangle stop on Blue/Orange/Silver Line). Public parking is available underneath the Reagan Building; however we recommend metro or taxi. www.wilsoncenter.org/directions
The Middle East Institute and the Safadi Foundation USA
are pleased to host a private off-the-record roundtable discussion with:
Dr. Alain Bifani
Director General of Lebanon’s Ministry of Finance
Friday, October 7, 2016
The Middle East Institute
1761 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Alain A. Bifani, Ph.D, has served as Director General of the Ministry of Finance of Lebanon since 2000. Throughout his tenure, he has managed public expenditures, debt, Eurobond issuances, and the full range of monetary policy tools, while also leading the modernization of the ministry’s organizations and operations. He led Lebanon’s economic and financial planning in response to the Syrian refugee crisis. He also developed the national reform agenda encompassing re-distribution and tax policies, enhancement of the social safety net, and policies to spur growth, infrastructure investment, employment and a sound financial system. On behalf of the ministry he has worked with the parliament in the drafting and implementation of numerous major laws treating national and personal finance. Prior to entering government, Dr. Bifani held leadership positions in banking, accounting, financial consultancy, and sovereign financial rating.
Stimson, Marshall Foundation, and Safadi Foundation USA
are pleased to announce a panel discussion on
ARAB COUNTRIES IN TRANSITION:
An Update on International Support
One Year after the Deauville Partnership
Date: Monday, April 9, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:30 AM
1111 19th Street, NW 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
As international leaders prepare to gather next month for the U.S.-hosted G8 summit in Camp David, Arab nations in transition continue to face significant economic challenges. The Deauville Partnership launched in France at the previous G8 summit in May 2011, established a political and economic framework to support the historic transitions launched by the “Arab Spring.” What progress has been made since then? How do G8 members plan to address the deepening economic challenges? What is the role of international financial institutions? What are the prospects for this initiative to evolve into a sustainable partnership between the West and the Arab world that ensures the region’s successful transition?
Panelists will discuss the latest initiatives and highlight areas that are in need of greater support.
Masood Ahmed, Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, International Monetary Fund;
Inger Andersen, Vice-President, Middle East and North Africa, World Bank;
Dr. Peter Howard, Coordinator for the Deauville Partnership, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, US Department of State; and
Mona Yacoubian, (Moderator), Director, Pathways to Progress: Peace, Prosperity, and Change in the Middle East Project at Stimson.
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The Safadi Foundation USA, The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), and the Middle East Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center invite you to the launch of the:
Safadi-Stanford Initiative for Policy Innovation
at the conference
In the Middle of the Storm: Development and Governance in the Arab World
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
6th Floor Flom Auditorium
Welcoming Remarks by Michael Van Dusen, Executive Vice President, Woodrow Wilson Center; and His Excellency, Mohammad Safadi, Minister of Finance, Republic of Lebanon
PANEL I: Regional Arab Reform
Tamara Wittes, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs
Mara Rudman, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Middle East, USAID
Lina Khatib, Co-Founder, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, CDDRL, Stanford
Miriam Allam, Safadi Scholar First Runner Up and Economist, OECD
PANEL II: Energy Reform and Economic Development in the Arab World
Robert D. Hormats, Undersecretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Agricultural Affairs
Inger Andersen, Vice-President, MENA, The World Bank
John D. Sullivan, Executive Director, Center for International Private Enterprise
Katarina Uherova Hasbani, Safadi Scholar of the Year
Keynote lunch with Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund introduced by Ambassador Joseph Gildenhorn, Chairman, Woodrow Wilson Center Board of Trustees,andHis Excellency Mohammad Safadi, Minister of Finance, Republic of Lebanon introduced by Lara Alameh, Executive Director, Safadi Foundation USA
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Please indicate your participation by panel below
Name and Title:
Panel I __________ Panel II __________ Lunch __________
Seating is limited. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
A photo ID is required for entry. The Woodrow Wilson Center is located in the Ronald Reagan Building (Federal Triangle stop on Blue/Orange Line). Public parking is available underneath the Reagan Building; however we recommend metro or taxi. www.wilsoncenter.org/directions
The Middle East Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center and
the Safadi Foundation USA
Lebanon: Is Real Reform Possible?
On Monday, April 27, 2009, Safadi Foundation USA hosted a briefing in cooperation with the Middle East Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center, entitled “Elections in Lebanon: Mapping Alliances and Managing Expectations.”
The panel was moderated by Haleh Esfandiari, Director of the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center. Panelists included: Ambassador C. David Welch, Former Assistant Secretary of State, Near Eastern Affairs; Paul Salem, Director, Middle East Center, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; andKarim Sadjadpour, Associate, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
The discussion focused on the significance of the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for June 7, 2009. The panelists confirmed that while the upcoming elections are important as far as Lebanon’s political future is concerned and have certain regional implications, they will not bring about widespread unexpected changes in Lebanon’s political representation and national identity. As Ambassador Welch noted, “This election is going to be decided in a few key districts…in particular the Christian districts.”
The widespread attention on the elections from the United States and the international community is critical to express support for both reform in Lebanon and for civil society’s important role in the democratic process. Paul Salem commented “…that already there is some change in the electoral system.But also, that if these elections, the reforms, the Minister of Interior and the autonomous commission established to oversee the campaigning do well, it will open the door for further discussion of electoral reform in Lebanon.”Specifically, the success of a continued reform effort in Lebanon will break the limitations imposed by the traditional clientalistic structure and introduce new possibilities.
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You can also view the reaction by the Beirut based Daily Star at:http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=2&article_id=101432
“The U.S. really has a policy that can be described as pro-Lebanon; it is not associated or derived from any other regional policy…the new Administration does recognize Lebanon as unique…it does see it as a priority to be protected and advanced and that it will put it in a key position in this new pattern of regional engagement that this new Administration appears to be offering.” C. David Welch
“This election also contains the beginnings of reform. It’s an election law that was put in place after the National Commission was formed. Some of the reforms that were suggested were adopted in parliament. These reforms are the first reforms introduced into the Lebanese election law since 1927.” Paul Salem
“There shouldn’t be a Sunni policy in Lebanon, a Shi’ite policy, a Druze policy…it should be a pro-Lebanon policy.” Karim Sadjadpour