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
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.
NAWA, Mehdi (2018). How does Saudi-Iranian rivalry shape developments in the Middle East and South Asia?
SHARP, Deen (2018).Lebanon and the Fog of Reconstruction
Monthly Media Roundup:September 2018
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.
Food for Thought Speaking SeriesKhadija El Boaishi: Libyan Women Between Laws and Reality After the Revolution26 September 2018 - Lebanese American University
Hourani, Guita (2018). State Security and Refugees. Operationalizing the 'Ladder of Options' by the Government of Lebanon. In: Middle East Journal of Refugee Studies
Verdeil, Eric (2018). Electricity Subsidies: Benefiting some Regions More than Others. Featured Analysis in The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies
Monthly Media Roundup: August 2018
Deen Sharp (2018). The Urbanization of Power and the Struggle for the City. In: Middle East Research and Information Project. 9/11/2018
Mabon (2017): Muting the trumpets of sabotage: Saudi Arabia, the US and
the quest to securitize Iran, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.
Book Review:Fahy, John (2018). The International Politics of Tolerance in the Persian Gulf
ورشة العملقراءة في نتائج الانتخابات النيابية اللبنانيةمعهد الأصفري للمجتمع المدني والمواطنة
2018/05/26الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت
التقرير النهائي -اغسطس 2018
ًWorkshopResults of the Lebanese parliamentary electionsAsfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship
05/28/2018American Unisersity of Beirut
Final report - August 2018
Social Mobilization and Resistance Monthly Media Roundup: July 2018
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
AI Media Roundup June 2018
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Perceptions of Civil Society in the Arab World
A Literature Review and Annotated BibliogtraphyClick for more
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