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Closed Discussion Circle (CDC)
Launched on June 26, 2013 - Lebanon

 

The purpose of this initiative is to explore avenues of common ground between 5 moderately affiliated individuals who retain a certain level of influence with major political groups in Lebanon. Participants discuss and explore, in a confidential atmosphere, their commonalities in values, interests, visions and aspirations for Lebanon. 
Guided by a mediator/facilitator (Mr.Oussama Safa), the group will develop its own sovereignty and identity.


Moving from the points of common ground, participants are working to craft a common vision for Lebanon and ensure that it addresses, inter alia, how to shield Lebanon from external and internal threats? What final state do we want to build and how? How would a final social contract that unites Lebanese look like? Positive and encouraging results might call to relay findings to political leaders.


The pace of the initiative is set to a monthly meeting.

  

 

 
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Survey - June 2014 - Lebanon

 

The Lebanon Renaissance Foundation concluded its Casualties of Wars survey launched in May 2013. Findings were presented on June 25, 2014 during a public presentation at the Monroe Hotel with the presence of media, scholars, academics, NGOs, etc.

 

The survey features quantitative and qualitative data collected within a consistent methodology from An-Nahar daily archive; it also includes a partial comparative with As-Safir.

 

The data is categorized under various criteria revealing untapped insights that may affect acquired perceptions pertaining to various conflicts on Lebanese soil. It also evidences the futility and anachronisms of wars.

 

Click here to download the survey

  

 

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Lebanon and National Defense: Charting a Grand Strategy
Roundtable - Washington, DC – February 20, 2013

 

The U.S.-Lebanon Dialogue Program hosted a roundtable discussion on “Lebanon and National Defense: Charting a Grand Strategy". The fractured state of Lebanon’s defense strategy, the Lebanese Armed Forces and Hezbollah’s jockeying for defense supremacy, has come under greater scrutiny in 2012, as the conflict and Syria threatens to spill across Lebanon’s boarders, and potential regional conflict with Iran looms large.   

 

The event invited experts to discuss multiple facets of Lebanon’s national defense strategy. It delved into the current status and role of the Lebanese Armed Forces, highlighting both domestic and external threats resulting from the Syria crisis. The discussion also touched on the question of Hezbollah’s arms and the greater issue of Lebanese state sovereignty. The panelists shed light on the evolving US-Lebanon military relationship and offered recommendations on devising an effective security strategy that promotes state sovereignty and stronger relations with the US defense establishment.

 

Speakers

Aram Nerguizian, Visiting Fellow, Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy, Center for Strategic & International Studies

Matthew Spence, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense

Colin Kahl, Senior Fellow, Center for New American Security & Associate Professor of Security Studies, Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service 

 

Moderated by

Mara Karlin, Principal Director - Strategy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense

 

 

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Murky Waters: Natural Gas in the Eastern Mediterranean
Roundtable - Washington, DC – November 29, 2012

 

The U.S.-Lebanon Dialogue Program hosted a roundtable discussion on “Murky Waters: Natural Gas in the Eastern Mediterranean".  Since the discovery of natural gas deposits in the Mediterranean basin in 2010, wars of words and border-litigation battles have emerged among the regional stakeholders. This roundtable of experts shed light on the struggle that has emerged in the region following the discovery of oil and gas reserves, especially its impact on Lebanon.

Panelists explored the geopolitical challenges and opportunities arising from energy resource exploration in the eastern Mediterranean as well as the legal aspects surrounding maritime border disputes and exclusive-economic-zones and commercial benefits.

 

Speakers

Simon Henderson, Director, Gulf and Energy Policy Program, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Amos J. Hochstein, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy, Bureau of Energy Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Malek Takieddine, Associate, Al Jad Legal Services, Lebanon 

 

Moderated by

Michael Ratner, Specialist in Energy Policy, Congressional Research Service.

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Roundtable Discussion with Boutros Harb
Washington, DC – October 22, 2012

 

The U.S.-Lebanon Dialogue Program hosted a roundtable discussion, attended by 54 participants, featuring Boutros Harb, Member of Parliament, Lebanese Republic and moderated by Hisham Melhem, Washington Bureau Chief, Al Arabiya. The discussion focused on the current political situation in Lebanon, touching on the ongoing crisis in Syria and the upcoming parliamentary elections in Lebanon.

 

MP Boutros Harb is the longest-serving Member of the Lebanese Parliament (1972-1992, 1996-present) and is a prominent leader in the March 14 coalition. He played a fundamental role in the 1989 Taif Accord, ending Lebanon's 15-year civil war, and took part in the 2008 Doha Agreement to help resolve the 2005-2008 Lebanese crisis.

 

Harb is a strong advocate of individual liberties and media freedom, and is recognized for his staunch opposition the Syrian occupation of Lebanon. Recently, Harb escaped an assassination bid on his life. Since the forced resignation of Saad Hariri's Cabinet in 2011, MP Harb returned to the opposition with the March 14 coalition.

 

Speakers

Boutros Harb, Member of Parliament, Lebanese Republic 

 

Moderated by

Hisham Melhem, Washington Bureau Chief, Al Arabiya 

 
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Banking on Credibility - Lebanon's Financial Sector Amidst Sanctions and Regional Instability
Roundtable – Washington, DC – September 19, 2012

 

The U.S.-Lebanon Dialogue Program hosted a roundtable discussion on “Banking on Credibility - Lebanon's Financial Sector Amidst Sanctions and Regional Instability". The Lebanese banking sector has long been the backbone of the country’s economy, with the sector’s capital averaging nearly five times Lebanon’s annual GDP. Since the advent of the Syrian uprising, the financial sector has come under scrutiny due to allegations that Syria, Iran and Hezbollah are using Lebanese banks to evade international sanctions. This discussion aimed to look at the structure of the banking system in Lebanon, outline the key geo-political challenges it is facing, and shed light on factors contributing to its resilience. Recent accusations leveled against Lebanese banks were also explored, along with potential steps to ensure continued compliance with international standards.

 

Speakers

H.E. Mohammad Chatah, Former Minister of Finance and Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of the Council of Ministers, Lebanese Republic

Daniel Glaser, Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing, U.S. Department of Treasury

Mohannad Aama, Founder and Managing Director, Beam Capital Management

 

Moderated by

Jay Solomon, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Wall Street Journal

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