> Do you know your rights & obligations?

The NAMAZEJ handbook illustrates basic tasks which are not properly addressed by municipal police agents. Endorsed by the Ministry of Interior, the booklet is now available online to everyone.
The ultimate aim of this initiative is to improve the citizen’s quality of life on a daily basis, in all regions, and to trigger positive change in local governance practices. This aim can be better achieved by knowing the law and our rights.
This user- friendly and illustrated handbook is being distributed in person to 2000 + municipal police members, during introductory sessions in all Lebanese governorates (mouhafazats). Donations in kind for this initiative have been secured from ALBA (for the handbook illustrations), l’Annonce s.a.r.l, and Pikasso s.a.l (for printing & billboard campaigns).
You can download the NAMAZEJ handbook here. Please share at will.


Download Casualties of Wars Data-Sheet

> Casualties of Wars Lebanon 1975-2006 Survey June 2014

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; the survey also includes a partial comparison 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.

The above PDF file should give a broad idea about some of the findings. The survey itself is available in Arabic language and is available free of charge for the public and academic institutions that wish to pursue further analysis.

Posted below is the survey's data sheet inclusive of An-Nahar survey, a partial comparison with As-Safir, methodology, disclaimer, in addition to local & int'l organizations' reports pertaining to the casualties of wars in Lebanon.

> Confessionalism and Electoral Reform in Lebanon

July 2012
“Confessional and Electoral Reform in Lebanon” by Dr. Arda Arsenian Ekmekji comes as the country is nearing its next legislative elections, slated for June 2013.
The Lebanese electoral system is based on confessional representation whereby a set number of parliamentary seats are allocated to each recognized sect. The vote is divided between electoral districts, each electing a specific number of seats. As a result, electoral districting has always been subject to gerrymandering.
This paper presents three plausible options for districting in the upcoming legislative elections and their predicted consequences, arguing that for a modern, democratic Lebanon to be sustained as a viable state, the 2006 Boutros Commission Draft must be implemented.

> Lebanon - Syria Borders Report

August 2011
The "Lebanon-Syria Borders" Report was jointly commissioned by LRF and the New Opinion Workshop (a Lebanese NGO) in 2009 and revised in 2011. It was prepared by surveyors and researchers following field visits and became a reference in its field.
Six years following Syrian troops withdrawal from Lebanon and two years after the exchange of diplomatic representation between Beirut and Damascus, the need for demarcating the Syrian-Lebanese borders remains as urgent a task as ever. The Lebanon-Syria Borders Report offers a comprehensive perspective on both the legal and illegal point of entries between Lebanon and Syria. It reveals the risks posed by illegal entry points on the sovereignty of both countries and concludes by a set of recommendations on how to address the shortcomings at hand.

> Hezbollah and the Shiite community: From political confessionalization to confessional specialization

December 2010
“Hezbollah and the Shiite community: From political confessionalization to confessional specialization” by Ziad Majed analyzes the evolution of the Shiite political elites within the Lebanese confessional and consociational political system. It also explores the circumstances that gave rise to Hezbollah and established it as the most popular and powerful force in the Shiite community. The paper explains recent political developments in Lebanon, particularly the mounting Sunni-Shiite tensions, and offers recommendations to address the ongoing Lebanese political crisis. These recommendations have been formulated in relation to the domestic Lebanese and Middle Eastern regional political contexts.

> A Staircase in Nahr El Bared: The Future of Palestine Refugees in lebanon

October 2010
“A Staircase in Nahr El Bared: The Future of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon” by Nadim Shehadi is a paper on one of the most sensitive issues in Lebanon that was put at the forefront of parliamentary and public debates on June 15, 2010, when a series of legislative proposals were presented to re-examine the refugees’ legal status and to resolve the issues surrounding their civil rights. The paper addresses challenges that are part of a complex regional dynamic involving both local and regional factors, in addition to the international community that can play a constructive role in resolving these issues.

> Lebanon the Swing State of a New Levant

December 2008
“Lebanon: The Swing State of a New Levant” by The Aspen Institute and Lebanon Renaissance Foundation is a report on the policy discussions of a 2008 conference on US-Lebanese relations and the ways to enhance them. It addresses the challenges that must be met if US goals are to be reached in the Middle East. The report is divided into five sections, addressing the issues of: Lebanon and the region, Lebanese politics and elections, Hezbollah, Sunni fundamentalism and democracy.

> Lebanon Democracy - Battered, Flawed and Unmatched in The Arab World by William Harris

December 2008
“Lebanese Democracy: Battered, Flawed and Unmatched in the Arab World” by William Harris is a report on Lebanon’s pluralistic politics and representative institutions which, he says, however battered and flawed, have a historical pedigree unmatched anywhere in the Middle East. Harris lays out a timeline of Lebanon’s political system from the 1860s, when the Foundation of confessional democracy was laid in the country, until the 21st century. He highlights people and events that have shaped what he calls Lebanon’s “hybrid of democratic and authoritarian elements,” stressing the 2005 Cedar Revolution, which led to Syrian troops leaving Lebanese soil after a 29-year presence.

> Towards a More Secure and Stable Lebanon: Prospects for Security Sector Reform

February 2008
“Towards a More Secure and Stable Lebanon: Prospects for Security Sector Reform" published by The Henry L. Stimson Center and written by Emile El-Hokayem & Elena McGovern. The paper looked at Lebanon’s potential national security strategies, security and defense needs, security actors, defense reform including defense planning policy and oversights. The paper was part of a research project, supported by LRF, inclusive of a seminar conducted under Chatham House rules that was held in Washington, D.C. in December 2007, and which brought together Lebanese, US, European and UN Government and non-governmental policymakers and experts with direct expertise and involvement in Lebanese affairs.