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Mission and Activities


Founded in 1989, the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies is an independently managed, non-partisan, non-profit, non-governmental think tank whose mission is to produce and advocate policies that improve governance in Lebanon and the Arab region. Currently, LCPS has 5 primary research and advocacy focuses:


  • Improving political representation
  • Strengthening decentralization
  • Advocating for a transparent oil and gas sector
  • Supporting policies to create jobs
  • Promoting security sector reform

Influencing

As part of its mission to shape policy, LCPS has directly engaged with decision makers, including contributing to formulating the 2006 Boutros draft electoral law and the 2014 draft decentralization law. In 2013 and 2014, LCPS and the Lebanese Petroleum Administration convened roundtable discussions on the future of Lebanese oil and gas with experts and members of civil society. In 2014 and 2015, LCPS also launched a series of meetings between the Ministry of Industry and industrialists to address outstanding issues which have hampered production and exports.


Informing

To better inform policymakers and the wider public, LCPS has produced more than 66 books and more than 100 policy papers, briefs, and articles in Arabic and English on issues such as electoral laws, political parties, sectarianism, administrative reforms, rule of law, decentralization, economic growth, budget and fiscal policy, industry and trade, energy, and the environment. Additionally, LCPS has provided a platform for debate by convening over 135 conferences and workshops in Beirut and various Arab capitals to address a range of national and regional issues.


Advocating

In our quest to advocate for reform, LCPS has founded 3 NGOs: The Lebanese Conflict Resolution network in 1996, the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections in 1996, and the Lebanese Transparency Association in 1999. In 1997, LCPS led a successful campaign with more than 100 organizations calling for municipal elections. Additionally, LCPS led the civil campaign for electoral reform in 2004, which brought together over 58 organizations and in 2014 helped found the Lebanon Oil and Gas Coalition, a network which will monitor the growth and operation of Lebanon’s petroleum sector. Also in 2014, LCPS and the Natural Resource Governance Institute established the MENA Natural Resource Governance Hub, whose goal is to provide policy knowledge and build the capacity of key stakeholders in the oil and gas sector.


Team

LCPS is a dynamic institution led by a young, active, and highly motivated team, which regularly draws on the expertise of a large pool of research fellows and associates in Lebanon and from across the world in the academic and professional communities. LCPS is governed by a board whose members are elected for a two-year term, and are active in public policy formation and provide guidance to the center.


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الرسالة والنشاطات


تأسس المركز اللبناني للدراسات في عام 1989 . هو مركز للأبحاث مستقل، محايد سياسياً، غير حكومي و لا يبغى الربح، مهمته إنتاج ومناصرة السياسات التي تسعى إلى تحسين الحكم الرشيد في لبنان والمنطقة العربية. لدى المركز حالياً خمسة مجالات تركيز أساسية في نشاطات البحث والمناصرة، هي:


  • تحسين التمثيل السياسي
  • تعزيز اللامركزية
  • مناصرة إرساء قطاع نفط وغاز شفّاف
  • دعم سياسات خلق الوظائف
  • تعزيز إصلاح القطاع الأمني

التأثير

كجزء من مهمته الهادفة إلى رسم السياسات، تواصل المركز مباشرة مع صانعي القرار، فساهم في وضع مشروع قانون بطرس الانتخابي عام 2006 ومسودة مشروع قانون اللامركزية عام 2014 . وفي عامي 2013 و 2014 ، عقد المركز مع هيئة إدارة قطاع البترول طاولات مستديرة ناقشت مستقبل النفط والغاز في لبنان, جمعت أعضاء من المجتمع المدني وخبراء من القطاع. وأطلق المركز أيضاً في عامي 2014 و 2015 سلسلة من اللقاءات بين وزارة الصناعة والصناعيّين لمعالجة المسائل العالقة التي تعيق الإنتاج والتصدير.


الاعلام

بغية إطلاع صنّاع السياسات والجمهور العريض بشكل أفضل على المعلومات، أعدّ المركز أكثر من 66 كتاباً وما يزيد عن 100 ورقة سياساتيّة، وموجز، ومقال بالعربية والإنكليزية، حول مسائل مثل القوانين الانتخابية، الأحزاب السياسية، الطائفية، الإصلاحات الإدارية، سيادة القانون، اللامركزية، النمو الاقتصادي، الموازنة والسياسة المالية، الصناعة والتجارة، الطاقة والبيئة. إلى ذلك، أتاح المركز منصّة حوار بعقده أكثر من 135 مؤتمراً وورشة عمل في بيروت وعواصم عربية مختلفة لمعالجة مجموعة من المسائل الوطنية والإقليمية.


المناصرة

قام المركز، في سياق سعيه إلى مناصرة الإصلاح، بتأسيس ثلاث منظمات غير حكومية، هي: شبكة فضّ النزاعات اللبنانية عام 1996 ، والجمعية اللبنانية من أجل . ديمقراطية الانتخابات عام 1996 ، والجمعية اللبنانية لتعزيز الشفافية عام 1999 وعام 1997 ، قاد المركز حملة ناجحة مع أكثر من 100 منظمة للدعوة إلى عقد انتخابات بلدية. إلى ذلك، قاد المركز حملة للإصلاح الانتخابي عام 2004 ، ضمّت أكثر من 58 منظمة، كما ساعد عام 2014 على تأسيس تحالف النفط والغاز في لبنان، وهي شبكة ستُعنى برصد نموّ وتشغيل قطاع البترول في لبنان. وفي 2014 أيضاً، أسس المركز مع معهد حوكمة الموارد الطبيعية ملتقى حوكمة الموارد الطبيعية لمنطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا، الذي يهدف إلى تقديم المعرفة السياساتية وبناء قدرات أصحاب المصلحة الأساسيين في قطاع النفط والغاز.


الفريق

يشكّل المركز مؤسسة حيوية يقودها فريق من الشباب الناشط والشديد الإندفاع، ينهل دورياً من خبرة مجموعة واسعة من الزملاء الباحثين والشركاء من الأوساط الأكاديمية والمهنية في لبنان والعالم.يوجه المركز مجلس إدارة، يتمّ انتخاب أعضاؤه لمدة سنتين، وينشطون في صياغة السياسات العامة، كما يقدمون الإرشاد للمركز.


@LCPSLebanon
The-Lebanese-Center-for-Policy-Studies
Sadat Tower, 10th Floor, PO Box 55-215, Leon Street, Ras Beirut, Lebanon
T +961 1 799301 F +961 1 79930
info@lcps-lebanon.org
www.lcps-lebanon.org

Board


Chadia el Meouchi
Vice-President

Managing Partner at Badri and Salim el Meouchi Law Firm
Founding member and head of the Lebanese Corporate Governance Task Force’s Legal and Regulatory Committee
Member of the Lebanese Committee for Human Rights Watch
Co-founder and member of Les Journées des Sciences Association
Co-founder of the Middle East Leadership Initiative
Founder and member of Young Arab Leaders Lebanon


Yasser Akkaoui
President

Chairman of Capital Concept
Editor-In-Chief of Executive Magazine
Founder of Capital Concept and PrimeJob
Management and Entrepreneurship Instructor at the American University of Beirut


Mohamed Alem
Secretary

Acting Managing Partner of Alem & Associates Law Firm
Chairman of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators-Lebanon
Secretary General of the Lebanese Transparency Association
Vice-chairman of the Licensing Executive Society –Arab Countries
Founding member of Human Rights Watch’s Beirut Committee


Marwan Kheirredine
Treasurer

Lebanon’s Minister of State
General Manager of Al Mawarid Bank
Former board member of the Beirut Stock Exchange
Former board member of the Association of Banks in Lebanon
Finance lecturer at the American University of Beirut
Founding member of the Young President’s Organization-Lebanon


Paul Salem
Member

Director of Carnegie Middle East Center
Founder and former Director of Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (1989-1999)
Former General Director of the Fares Foundation
Former member of the Lebanese Commission for Electoral Law Reform


Ziyad Baroud
Member

Lawyer and Partner at HBDT Law Firm
Former Minister of Interior and Municipalities
Lecturer at the Saint Joseph University
Grand Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite de la Republique Française
Officier de la Légion d’Honneur
Former member of the Lebanese Commission for Electoral Law Reform
Former Secretary General of the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections


Staff


Sami Atallah
Executive Director


Rania Abi-Habib
Development and Communication Officer


Suzanne Massaad Sfeir
Administrative and Program Assistant


John McCabe
Editor .


Zeina Hawa
Researcher .


Zeina Hasna
Researcher .


Alexandra J. Tohmé
Researcher .


Research associates


Ata Elias

Department of Geology
American University of Beirut



Laura Paler

Department of Political Science
University of Pittsburgh



Mona Harb

Department of Urban Planning
American University of Beirut



Muhammed Yildirim

Post-Doctoral Fellow , Growth Lab
Center for International Development
Harvard Kennedy School



Ricardo Khoury

Earth Link & Advanced Resources Development (ELARD)



Sebastian Bustos

Doctoral Fellow, Growth Lab
Center for International Development
Harvard Kennedy School


Research fellows
Economists


Carole Nakhle

Dr. Carole Nakhle is an energy economist based in London. She specializes in international petroleum contractual arrangements and fiscal regimes, world oil and gas market developments, and energy policy. She acts as Economic Consultant at the Commonwealth Secretariat and External Expert for the Fiscal Affairs department at the IMF advising host governments on their legal, regulatory and fiscal framework for the oil and gas sector. She is also the Director of Crystol Energy Limited (UK); Associate Lecturer in Energy Economics at the University of Surrey (UK); Program Advisor for the International Tax and Investment Centre (Washington); and serves as Special Parliamentary Advisor in the House of Lords, UK. She makes regular contributions to the Geopolitical Information Service, based in Liechtenstein. She has published extensively particularly in the field of energy policy and petroleum fiscal regimes. Carole holds a PhD in Energy Economics from the University of Surrey.



Bassam Fattouh

Dr. Bassam Fattouh is the Director of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies; Research Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford University; and Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He has published a variety of articles on the international oil markets, the oil pricing system, natural gas markets in the MENA, and the dynamics of oil prices and oil price differentials in refereed journals such as Energy Economics, The Energy Journal, and Energy Policy. He has also published in non-energy related areas where his papers have appeared in the Journal of Development Economics, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Economic Inquiry, Empirical Economics, Journal of Financial Intermediation, Economics Letters, Macroeconomic Dynamics and in other journals and books. He is also a Consultant for a number of international oil companies, and a Visiting Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po, and WU Executive Academy (Vienna University of Economics and Business). Bassam holds a PhD in Economics from SOAS, University of London.



Jad Chaaban

Dr. Jad Chaaban is an Associate Professor of Economics at the American University of Beirut. Previously, he was an economist in the World Bank’s Middle East regional office, where he undertook research related to poverty reduction and economic management in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. Dr. Chaaban’s research interests are in development economics and industrial organization; and his extended interests include public economics of health, education and labor policies, in addition to environmental economics and population studies. His work has been published in several academic journals. Dr. Chaaban has served as an economic policy advisor to various Lebanese ministries and public agencies. He is also the president and founding member of the Lebanese Economic Association (LEA) since 2007, an active member of the Middle East Youth Initiative, and regularly contributes to economic policy analyses of the World Bank and various UN agencies. Dr. Chaaban holds a BA in Economics from AUB, an MBA from the European School of Management (2000), a master’s in Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Resources Economics (2001) and a PhD in Economics (2004) from the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) in France. 



Nisreen Salti

Dr. Nisreen Salti is a professor in the Economics Department at the American University of Beirut. Her research focuses on development economics, political economy, and inequity and inequality in health and income. Salti’s work has been published in several refereed journals including the International Journal of Equity in Health, the Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, and the International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. Salti earned her PhD in Economics from Princeton University and joined the faculty at AUB in 2006.




Adeel Malik

Dr. Adeel Malik is a Globe Fellow in the economies of Muslim societies at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and a university research lecturer in development economics at the University of Oxford. He is also a research fellow at St. Peter’s College, Oxford, and a research associate at the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource-Rich Economies. As an empirical macroeconomist, Dr. Malik focuses on the political economy of the Middle East. His most recent contribution to the field was an article on “The Economics of the Arab Spring”, published in World Development, which formed the basis for a dedicated story in the Economist. Malik’s research on Middle Eastern political economy has featured in CNN, Fortune Magazine, The Times, Financial Times, the Guardian, and Gulf News. He has also engaged with a wider audience on this subject by contributing op-ed pieces to The New York Times, Project Syndicate, Al-Jazeera, Huffington Post, Foreign Policy, and Foreign Affairs. Dr. Malik earned a doctorate in economics from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004.


Political Scientists


Reinoud Leenders

Dr. Reinoud Leenders is Reader in International Relations and Middle East Studies in the War Studies Department at King’s College London. His research interests and teaching are focused on Middle East politics generally and Syria, Lebanon and Iraq in particular. His work deals with the political economy of corruption, authoritarian governance, refugee issues, and conflict. He authored several articles in academic journals and edited volumes, and the book Spoils of Truce: Corruption and State Building in Post-War Lebanon (Cornell University Press 2012). He formerly worked for the International Crisis Group based in Beirut, and for the University of Amsterdam. Dr. Leenders obtained his PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University.



Melani Cammett

Melani Cammett is a professor of government at Harvard University. Cammett's recent books include Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in Lebanon (Cornell University Press 2014), which explores how politics shape the distribution of welfare goods by ethnic and sectarian organizations, and A Political Economy of the Middle East (co-authored with Ishac Diwan, Westview Press 2015), which analyzes the interplay of economic, political, and social factors in economic and social development in the region. Her co-edited book, The Politics of Non-State Social Welfare in the Global South (Cornell University Press 2014), examines the origins, evolution, and consequences of non-state welfare provision for state-building and human security in diverse regions. Cammett’s current research projects explore governance and the politics of social service provision by public, private, and non-state actors in the Middle East and identity politics in the region. She is also beginning a new project on the long-term historical roots of distinct development trajectories in the Middle East. Cammett has published numerous articles in academic and policy journals and consults for development policy organizations. 







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