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The Foundation operates as a think tank that produces and communicates objective, high quality insights and recommendations on political, social, educational and economic matters related to Lebanon for policy makers, media and the public at large. We also organize non-partisan educational conferences.

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The Lebanese Link: Building a Comprehensive Regional Peace
Roundtable - Washington, DC - February 26, 2009

The U.S.-Lebanon Dialogue Program hosted “The Lebanese Link”. Lebanon is an oft forgotten but essential element in building a lasting peace in the Levant. The Israeli-Syrian conflict, the growing influence and threat of Iran, and the regional Sunni-Shia rivalry all intersect in this small country on Israel’s northern border. This roundtable focused on the obstacles and opportunities that Lebanon represents with regard to the various tracks in the peace process, and the issues that must be addressed in order to build towards an eventual Lebanon peace track as well.


Speakers

Ambassador Terje Rød-Larsen, UN Special Envoy to the Middle East
Dr. Selim Sayegh, Vice President of the Kataeb Party of Lebanon
MP Misbah al-Ahdab, March 14 MP from Tripoli, Lebanon
Mr. Hisham Melhem, Washington Bureau Chief of al-Arabiya moderating

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Lebanon: The Swing State of a New Levant
Conference - Washington, DC – December 12, 2008

The U.S.-Lebanon Dialogue Program hosted “Swing State of a New Levant “ that engaged senior political figures and policy experts from the U.S., Lebanon, and the region on a new era of U.S.- Lebanon relations, Lebanon’s pivotal role in the region, and the upcoming Lebanese parliamentary elections. The conference covered challenges expected with the arrival of President Obama, as the U.S. is set to re-engage throughout the Middle East, and where Lebanon represents a good opportunity to demonstrate that democracy and free markets can deliver despite the failure in Iraq and the global financial crisis. Challenges and opportunities were identified through the consolidation of the gains achieved by the “Cedar Revolution”, the repositioning of the US within an opportunity to re-invent the badly damaged American profile in the Middle East and the strengthening of Lebanon’s state institutions.

For further literature on this subject, please visit our Library Section page.


Speakers

Walter Isaacson, CEO, Aspen Institute
Eli Khoury, Founder, Lebanon Renaissance Foundation
Nassib Lahoud, Minister of State
Charles Boustany, Congressman, Louisiana’s 7th District
Nick Rahall, Congressman, West Virginia’s 3rd District
Ghazi Youssef, Future MP, Beirut

Moderators

Madeleine Albright, U.S. Secretary of State (1997-2001)
Michael Young, Opinion Editor, The Daily Star-Lebanon
David Ignatius, Columnist, The Washington Post

Panelists

Jeffrey Feltman, Dep. Asst. Secretary of State for Near East Affairs
Martin Indyk, Director, Saban Center, Brookings Institute
Theodore Kattouf, President, AMIDEAST
Antoine Zahra, Lebanese Forces MP, Batroun
Nayla Mouawad, Qornet Shehwan MP, Zghorta
Ghassan Mokheiber, Change and Reform MP, Metn
Ghenwa Jalloul, Future MP, Beirut
Hassan Mneimneh, Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Ziad Majed, Political Analyst, Institut d'Etudes Politiques
Steven Cook, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Patrick Haenni, Senior Analyst at the Religioscope Foundation

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