Lebanon’s Municipal Elections: Prospects for Reform

 
The United Institute of Peace and the Safadi Foundation USA
present:
 Lebanon’s Municipal Elections: Prospects for Reform
 
 
Lebanon is slated to launch a series of municipal elections on Sunday May 2, 2010.  The briefing will address the expected results and the role the elections play in Lebanon’s overall political transition.  The discussion will highlight the status of political reforms and ways the United States can move forward in supporting democracy promotion efforts in Lebanon.
 
Please join us for a discussion with:
 
Elias Muhanna, Blogger, QifaNabki.com and Political Analyst.
 
Joe Hall, Resident Country Director (Lebanon), National Democratic Institute
 
 
Moderated by: Mona Yacoubian, Director, Lebanon Working Group, United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
 
 
Friday, May 7, 2010
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2255
 
 
Please RSVP HERE
 
 
 
Please contact Leslie Thompson (lthompson@usip.org) if you have any questions.
 
 
 
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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Lebanon: Is Real Reform Possible?

The Middle East Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center and
the Safadi Foundation USA
Present:

Lebanon: Is Real Reform Possible?

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with
 MOHAMMAD A. SAFADI

Minister of Economy and Trade and Member of Parliament, Republic of Lebanon

Domestic reforms are critical to ensuring Lebanon’s long-term independence and sovereignty.  Will the Lebanese government be able to strengthen the institutional framework that is required to expand economic opportunity and break down the clientelist structure of the Lebanese state?  Minister Safadi will address the current situation on the ground and outline specific steps to move the reform process forward.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
6th Floor Flom Auditorium
Woodrow Wilson Center
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Please RSVP to mep@wilsoncenter.org or fax 202-691-4184
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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
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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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, QifaNabki.com
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
Please RSVP by email to: rsvp@pomed.org
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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Elections in Lebanon: Mapping Alliances and Managing Expectations

Elections in Lebanon: Mapping Alliances and Managing Expectations

 

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.

For more please click on the following link to view the event in its entirety:
http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?topic_id=1426&fuseaction=topics.event_summary&event_id=518980

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

Highlighted Quotes:

“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

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Safadi Foundation USA Launches Open Call for Papers

SAFADI FOUNDATION USA LAUNCHES OPEN CALL FOR PAPERS ON LEBANON

Washington, DC, February 24, 2011 – The Safadi Foundation USA (SFUSA), 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 and the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) announce an open call for papers on behalf of the Safadi-Stanford Initiative for Policy Innovation (SSIPI). SSIPI seeks policy-focused papers that provide clear and concise recommendations to the Lebanese authorities, the international donor community, and other regional groups. The objective of SSIPI is to promote new analysis on Lebanon. Qualified applicants have the academic freedom to choose a paper topic of their choice within the realm of economic development and entrepreneurship. Papers should include recommendations that address the linkages between economic development and institution building, security and civil peace, and other governance related issues. In addition, papers should reflect a deep understanding of the role of institutions and whether accelerated, more balanced economic growth, social and fiscal reforms, a particular process of economic development or new developing areas of entrepreneurialism, if any, could help in reducing the negative influences posed by confessionalism in the economy. Abstracts should be submitted according to the guidelines below. Upon review of the abstracts by an independent reviewing committee, a select group of scholars will be chosen to submit their full paper and compete for the title of Safadi scholar of the year. 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 scholar will have the chance to present their research at a policy conference in Washington, DC.

Requirements:

Deadline for one-page abstracts is March 31, 2011. Abstracts should be emailed to SSIPI.2011.Submissions@gmail.com. Please note “Abstract Submission” in subject of email. The selection committee warrants applicants from academia, the public and private sectors, and NGOs, either from Lebanon or abroad, who are working on economic development and entrepreneurship in Lebanon. Qualified candidates should hold a graduate degree from an accredited university.

http://cddrl.stanford.edu/research/safadistanford_initiative_for_policy_innovation/

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