The Friedrich Naumann Foundation Beirut office is primarily focused on Lebanon and Syria. Regional and local turmoil makes the work of the foundation in these two countries challenging, forcing our office in Beirut to constantly adapt to new social and political changes. To contribute towards a peaceful and democratic transition in the Syrian society, FNF helps by offering conflict resolution workshops and educational trainings to Syrians and in particular to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. In Lebanon, our main objective is to support Lebanese start-ups, civil society organizations and liberal political parties.
The Vicious Cycle of Corruption
The fifth issue of the series addresses the systemic corruption in Lebanon. With a worldwide rank of 149 out of 180 countries and a regression of 11 ranks to the previous year, Lebanon’s results in Corruption Perception Index 2020 are an indicator for the widespread corruption in the country. In addition, the dire socio-economic circumstances, the COVID19 pandemic and the Beirut Port Explosion have left the Lebanese population more vulnerable.
Women of Lebanon: Micheline Braidy
Our 6th profile in the Women of Lebanon Series is Judge Braidy. As one of two Lebanese judges assigned at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, she has accompanied the jolts of the highly symbolic trial of Rafik Hariri’s assassination.
Supporting Craft as a Socio-Economic and Cultural Development Vector
Lebanon has the framework, as well as the international affiliations, to enable it to capitalize on the craft sector’s potential. This framework, however, needs to be leveraged and better exploited. This paper examines the current status of Lebanese crafts, and the challenges the sector faces, and outlines suggestions for appropriate strategies and actions to develop it.
Independent Media in Lebanon: Content Analysis and Public Appeal
New, independent media outlets have recently gained attention in Lebanon, following their couragous coverage of the events of October 17 and the Beirut Blast. With the support of the Freidrich Naumann Foundation, the Samir Kassir Foundation set out to analyze the content but also the public appeal of these outlets.
The Economic Collapse and its Impact upon Confessionalism
In the first issue of the series Isabel Henzler Carrascal addresses the system of sectarian governance, the very system that has brought relative stability since the Civil War but also led to political stalemate and economic decline.
Migration Aspirations amongst Syrian Refugees amidst the Financial and Political Crisis in Lebanon
This publication is focused on the migration aspirations of Syrian refugees amidst the financial and political crises in Lebanon. This study by Professor Rima Majed boasts a strong mixed-method approach that combines surveys and in-depth interviews and sheds light on some very interesting research findings.
The Regression of the Salafis of Lebanon in Post-2011 Period
Following the Arab Revolutions in 2011, the Salafi movement witnessed dramatic developments, having wide influence on the politics of several Arab countries. In this research paper Abbas Assi analyses why the movement did not gain traction in Lebanon.