Arab Spring

Panel Discussion on Arab Countries in Transition

Stimson, Marshall Foundation, and Safadi Foundation USA
are pleased to announce a panel discussion on
An Update on International Support
One Year after the Deauville Partnership
Date: Monday, April 9, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:30 AM
Location: Stimson
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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New Media and Reform in the Middle East: The Case of Lebanon

The Safadi Foundation USA and the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) present:

New Media and Reform in the Middle East: The Case of Lebanon


The year 2009 witnessed an explosion of Internet-based activism in the political cultures of the Middle East. From the so-called Iranian “Twitter Revolution,” which helped Green Movement activists mobilize and organize their protests on the streets of Tehran, to the recent imprisonment of prominent bloggers in Egypt and other countries, the Internet has finally become a force to be reckoned with in Arab politics.
The use of information and communication technology (ICT) in the Middle East has been a trans-formative tool in strengthening civil society and expanding the outreach of independent voices.  In her remarks concerning Internet freedom last month, Secretary Clinton noted the power of the Internet and new technologies in helping to bridge divides between people of different faiths and help expand dialogue.
What types of U.S. assistance are needed to empower young reformers committed to non-sectarian politics?  What is the role of ICT in promoting inter-faith dialogue and peace building?  Can ICT help organize young voters in advance of the upcoming municipal elections?  What is the direction of new media training in Lebanon?
Please join us for a discussion with:
Jared Cohen, Policy Planning Staff, U.S. Department of State
Elias Muhanna, Blogger,
Moderated by: Mona Yacoubian, Director, Lebanon Working Group, United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
Friday, March 5, 2010
11:00 AM
Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2255
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Safadi Foundation USA is a non-partisan registered 501 (c) (3) public charitable tax-exempt organization dedicated to promoting a national and strategic framework for Lebanon’s development.
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