Refugees and Social Cohesion: How to Reduce Tensions in Lebanon

The aim of the conference is to discuss:

1. Factors of radicalization and the responses of the Lebanese and the Canadian governments in that respect;

2. The question of refugees in Lebanon and the anti-Syrian sentiment as a factor of radicalization;

3. Impacts of programming designed to counter radicalization and improve social cohesion in Lebanon.

This conference will also encourage fruitful exchanges on this global issue and foster cooperation between academics, policy-makers and NGOs. 

Conference Agenda

9:30 - 10:00
Registration

10:00 - 10:15
Inaugural Session 
• H.E. Dr. Tarek Mitri, Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs
Lebanese Attitudes towards Syrian Refugees: Ethical Considerations
• H.E. Ms. Emmanuelle Lamoureux, Ambassador of Canada to Lebanon
Tolerance, Openness and Inclusion Make the Specificity of the Canadian Narrative
• H.E. Mr. Mouin Merheby, Minister of State for Displaced Affairs 
Refugees and Human Rights

10:15 - 11.45
First Session 
Radicalization and Deradicalization 
• Moderator: Ms. Diana Moukalled, Journalist
• Dr. Jocelyn Belanger, Assistant Professor, New York University, Abu Dhabi & Canadian expert on radicalization 
Thrilled to Pieces: On the Role of Sensation Seeking in Political Violence
• Dr. Maha Yahya, Director of Carnegie Middle East 
Radicalization Factors in Lebanon
• Dr. Khalil Gebara, Advisor to the Minister of Interior 
The Lebanese Government Response
• Video Presentation by Ms. Ritu Banerjee, Senior Director, Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence 
Overview of Canada’s Domestic Efforts to Counter Radicalization to Violence

11:45 - 12:00
Coffee Break

12:00 - 13:30
Second Session 
The Situation of Refugees in Lebanon 
• Moderator: Mr. Thaer Ghandour, Journalist
• Dr. Jihan Rabah, Director of Research and Analysis, eConcordia, Co-principal Project SOMEONE, and Member of the UNESCO Global Chair on Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism 
Building Counter-narratives to Violent Extremism and Radicalization in Canada: Possibilities and Challenges
• Ms. Mireille Girard, UNHCR Country Representative 
Refugees in Lebanon - Facts and Figures
• Dr. Nasser Yassin, Director of Research, Issam Fares Institute 
Countering the Xenophobic Narrative through Data Journalism
• Mr. Ziad El-Sayegh, Expert on Public Policies and Refugees & Senior National Policy Advisor to the Ministry of State for Displaced Affairs 
Refugees and Human Rights

13:30 - 14:30
Lunch

14:30 - 16:00
Third Session 
Promoting Social Inclusion through Active Programming - A Canadian Contribution 
• Moderator: Mr. Georges Ghali, Program Manager, Act for Human Rights (ALEF)
• Ms. Elisa Dari, Lebanon Country Director, Search for Common Ground (SFCG) 
Inclusive and Participatory Governance in the Municipalities of Wadi Khaled, Northern Lebanon
• Mr. Fadi Abilmona, Programme Manager, UNDP - Crisis Prevention & Recovery (CPR) Programme 
Locally-based Approach for Justice and Security Interventions
• Mr. Rami Lakkis, Founder and General Manager, LOST - The Lebanese Organization for Studies and Training 
Engaging Syrian and Lebanese Women in Social Stability in the Bekaa
• Ms. Renée Sabbagh, National Programme Officer, UNODC Lebanon 
UNODC’s Intervention in Lebanese Prisons
• Mr. Nizar El Laz, Project Manager, The Stabilisation Network (TSN) 
Empowering Youth in Tripoli, Saida and Central Bekaa to Counter Violent Extremism

Note: This conference will be in English with simultaneous interpretation to Arabic

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The aim of the conference is to discuss:

1. Factors of radicalization and the responses of the Lebanese and the Canadian governments in that respect;

2. The question of refugees in Lebanon and the anti-Syrian sentiment as a factor of radicalization;

3. Impacts of programming designed to counter radicalization and improve social cohesion in Lebanon.

This conference will also encourage fruitful exchanges on this global issue and foster cooperation between academics, policy-makers and NGOs. 

Conference Agenda

9:30 - 10:00
Registration

10:00 - 10:15
Inaugural Session 
• H.E. Dr. Tarek Mitri, Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs
Lebanese Attitudes towards Syrian Refugees: Ethical Considerations
• H.E. Ms. Emmanuelle Lamoureux, Ambassador of Canada to Lebanon
Tolerance, Openness and Inclusion Make the Specificity of the Canadian Narrative
• H.E. Mr. Mouin Merheby, Minister of State for Displaced Affairs 
Refugees and Human Rights

10:15 - 11.45
First Session 
Radicalization and Deradicalization 
• Moderator: Ms. Diana Moukalled, Journalist
• Dr. Jocelyn Belanger, Assistant Professor, New York University, Abu Dhabi & Canadian expert on radicalization 
Thrilled to Pieces: On the Role of Sensation Seeking in Political Violence
• Dr. Maha Yahya, Director of Carnegie Middle East 
Radicalization Factors in Lebanon
• Dr. Khalil Gebara, Advisor to the Minister of Interior 
The Lebanese Government Response
• Video Presentation by Ms. Ritu Banerjee, Senior Director, Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence 
Overview of Canada’s Domestic Efforts to Counter Radicalization to Violence

11:45 - 12:00
Coffee Break

12:00 - 13:30
Second Session 
The Situation of Refugees in Lebanon 
• Moderator: Mr. Thaer Ghandour, Journalist
• Dr. Jihan Rabah, Director of Research and Analysis, eConcordia, Co-principal Project SOMEONE, and Member of the UNESCO Global Chair on Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism 
Building Counter-narratives to Violent Extremism and Radicalization in Canada: Possibilities and Challenges
• Ms. Mireille Girard, UNHCR Country Representative 
Refugees in Lebanon - Facts and Figures
• Dr. Nasser Yassin, Director of Research, Issam Fares Institute 
Countering the Xenophobic Narrative through Data Journalism
• Mr. Ziad El-Sayegh, Expert on Public Policies and Refugees & Senior National Policy Advisor to the Ministry of State for Displaced Affairs 
Refugees and Human Rights

13:30 - 14:30
Lunch

14:30 - 16:00
Third Session 
Promoting Social Inclusion through Active Programming - A Canadian Contribution 
• Moderator: Mr. Georges Ghali, Program Manager, Act for Human Rights (ALEF)
• Ms. Elisa Dari, Lebanon Country Director, Search for Common Ground (SFCG) 
Inclusive and Participatory Governance in the Municipalities of Wadi Khaled, Northern Lebanon
• Mr. Fadi Abilmona, Programme Manager, UNDP - Crisis Prevention & Recovery (CPR) Programme 
Locally-based Approach for Justice and Security Interventions
• Mr. Rami Lakkis, Founder and General Manager, LOST - The Lebanese Organization for Studies and Training 
Engaging Syrian and Lebanese Women in Social Stability in the Bekaa
• Ms. Renée Sabbagh, National Programme Officer, UNODC Lebanon 
UNODC’s Intervention in Lebanese Prisons
• Mr. Nizar El Laz, Project Manager, The Stabilisation Network (TSN) 
Empowering Youth in Tripoli, Saida and Central Bekaa to Counter Violent Extremism

Note: This conference will be in English with simultaneous interpretation to Arabic

Organizer 2017-11-23 09:30:00 2017-11-23 16:00:00 [email protected] Asia/Beirut public
Start/End Date and Time
خميس, 23/11/2017 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
Project Location:
Issam Fares Institute Auditorium, AUB (Green Oval) Beirut , Beirut
Lebanon
Beirut LB
Event Type:
مؤتمر
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