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Welcome to The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship

In November 2012, the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at AUB was established and funded through a grant from the Asfari Foundation, which was founded by Trustee Ayman Asfari and Sawsan Asfari.

The Institute has been conceived as a framework that will advance research and other initiatives to support the development of an informed citizenry engaged at all levels of Arab associational life and promote openness, transparency, and accountability in the region. Both the Foundation and AUB recognize that the Arab world is undergoing significant change, and they intend that the work of the Asfari Institute will make a unique and valuable contribution to progress in the region during this era of historic transition and beyond.

In April 2017, The Asfari Institute launched its blog Active Arab Voices as part of our mission to be the link that "Bridges Academia and Activisim."

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Call for Papers

“Sports in the Middle East: The politics of inclusion and exclusion”

Deadline: January 18, 2019

More information.

The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut (AUB) is inviting proposals for papers to be presented at a workshop entitled “Sports in the Middle East: The politics of inclusion and exclusion” in August 2019. Prior to the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, the workshop and the book publication, which is subsequently planned based on the presented papers, aim to provide information and analysis on issues around belonging in the Middle East through the lens of sports.

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NAWA, Mehdi (2018).
How does Saudi-Iranian rivalry shape developments in the Middle East and South Asia?

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SHARP, Deen (2018).
Lebanon and the Fog of Reconstruction

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Monthly Media Roundup:
September 2018

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The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship proudly announces

The Asfari Culture Award

The annual Award honors civil actors in their respective cultural field by acknowledging them and supporting their activities, from organizations, to personal initiatives, to individuals. Moreover, it encourages civil actors, especially youth, to contribute and produce free culture that resists tyranny in all of its forms. Free culture is aligned with the aspirations of civil movements towards building democracy, establishing citizenship, and respecting human rights.

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Civil Society Leaders Programme

3-6 December 2018, Beirut

The Civil Society Leaders Programme will bring together emerging civil society
leaders from the Syrian, Palestinian and Lebanese communities.

Find more information or download the flyer here.

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Food for Thought Speaking Series
Khadija El Boaishi: Libyan Women Between Laws and Reality After the Revolution
26 September 2018 - Lebanese American University

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Hourani, Guita (2018). State Security and Refugees.
Operationalizing the 'Ladder of Options' by the Government of Lebanon
In: Middle East Journal of Refugee Studies

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Verdeil, Eric (2018). Electricity Subsidies: Benefiting some Regions More than Others.
Featured Analysis in The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies

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Monthly Media Roundup:
August 2018

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Deen Sharp (2018). The Urbanization of Power and the Struggle for the City.
In: Middle East Research and Information Project. 9/11/2018

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Simon Mabon (2017): Muting the trumpets of sabotage: Saudi Arabia, the US and the quest to securitize Iran,
British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.

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Book Review:
Fahy, John (2018). The International Politics of Tolerance in the Persian Gulf

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ورشة العمل
قراءة في نتائج الانتخابات النيابية اللبنانية
معهد الأصفري للمجتمع المدني والمواطنة

الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت

التقرير النهائي -اغسطس 2018

Results of the Lebanese parliamentary elections
Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship

American Unisersity of Beirut

Final report - August 2018

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Social Mobilization and Resistance Monthly Media Roundup:
July 2018

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New Book Signing - Dr. Hassan Abbas

The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship

Syrian Traditional Music

الموسيقى التقليدية في سوريا

                                                           ​AUB - West Hall - Auditorium B

06 August 2018
200 PM - 500 PM​

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AI Media Roundup June 2018


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A training on key social activism skills and concepts for 21 young Arab activists

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Available at our AUB office for pick up


Perceptions of Civil Society in the Arab World

A Literature Review and Annotated Bibliogtraphy

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النظرة الى المجتمع المدني
في العالم العربي

مراجعة أدبيات

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