Safadi Foundation USA Launches Policy-Based Visiting Scholars Program

Washington, DC – The Safadi Foundation USA (SFUSA) and The Program on Good Governance and Political Reform in the Arab World at the Center on Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding that officially launches the Safadi-Stanford Initiative for Policy Innovation (SSIPI).
SSIPI aims to establish a proactive policy program that cultivates new scholarship on Lebanon while outlining policy recommendations that aim to boost the capacity of Lebanon’s institutions, which are the cornerstone of the country’s independence and sovereignty. “SSIPI will strategically advance the interests of Lebanese civil society by creating an objective and independent forum that addresses serious governance issues,” said Lara Alameh, Executive Director of SFUSA.
In January 2011, SSIPI, in partnership with the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), will announce an open call for applications focusing on Lebanon’s economic development and institution-building. Scholars will be chosen on a competitive basis and may be academics or practitioners from anywhere in the world who are doing work on the topic indicated in the call for applications. A nonpartisan and independent review committee made up of policy-makers and scholars in the field will select a Safadi Scholar of the Year and up to two runner-ups from the submissions received.
SSIPI will offer the Safadi scholar of the year the opportunity to develop a piece of research at CDDRL, led by Larry Diamond, as well as meet with strategic policy makers in Washington, DC. The scholars will have the chance to present their research at a policy conference in Washington, DC to be held in the autumn of 2011. Lina Khatib, Program Manager at CDDRL, said, “SSIPI encapsulates the aims of the Program on Good Governance and Political Reform in the Arab World at Stanford University, which are to produce grounded, policy-relevant work and to engage with both scholars and practitioners involved in reform in the region.”
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