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Upcoming Activities

Conference: New Fault Lines in a Changing Middle East, December 4, Crowne Plaza Hotel Beirut

Conference: Free Connected Minds, December 7, Phoenicia Hotel Beirut

Ceremony: LYLOT Graduation, December 13, Beirut

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Please find information on our upcoming activities below. You will be able to read more about them in our next newsletter which comes out very soon.


New Fault Lines in a Changing Middle East

The Arab uprisings have generated a sense of unity and solidarity as "the people" have taken to the streets to rise up against the oppression of authoritarian regimes. However, three years on, new fault lines have emerged along tribal, ethnic and sectarian lines but also due to conflicting visions and ideologies. How can these different identities be reconciled in order to pave the way for a positive pluralism rather than civil strife? In order to address this question from multiple angles and in the context of different countries' trajectories of transition, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Friends of Kamal Jumblatt Foundation invite you and renowned scholars, politicians and writers from the Middle East and Germany for a regional conference on the 4th of December at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. _____________________________________________________________


Free Connected Minds

(Social) Media - A vehicle of socio-political change or an instrument of propaganda? An deeper insight into world developments or an information overkill? A connection between like-minded people or a parallel world of isolation? A window of freedom of expression or a tool of surveillance? In order to discuss the diverse influences of connectivity on our lives, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the May Chidiac Foundation and Media Institute invite you to join their regional conference on 7th of December at the Phoenicia Hotel. Five different discussion sessions will regroup stakeholders as diverse as academics and journalists, business CEOs and entrepreneurs, cyber-security experts and hackers, politicians and activists to discuss the role of connectivity in socio-political change and economic development. In order to attend, please register on the event website:


Graduation Ceremony

LYLOT Graduation Ceremony

Our one-year LYLOT programme concludes at 13th of December with a graduation ceremony. Besides the handing over of the certificates, the LYLOT participants will present their micro-group projects on environment and women's rights. Conducting the projects offered the Young Leaders a first practical possibility to use their skills that they have obtained in the course of the programme. Furthermore, some of the participants will be selected for an Alumni programme to establish long-lasting networks of civil society actors. ___________________________________________________________


Impunity in Lebanon

How does the lack of justice and a comprehensive approach to address the legacies of abuse have exacerbated divisions and opened the door to renewed cycles of violence in the Lebanon's conflicts? A study of FES in cooperation with the "International Center for Transitional Justice" (ICTJ) seeks to answer this question. The publication's release is scheduled for December. ___________________________________________________________