American University of Beirut- Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs

Organization's name: American University of Beirut- Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs
Organization's acronym: AUB-IFI
Former Name(s): ZAP
Headquarters address  
Address: AUB- Bliss Street, Diana Tamari Sabbagh Buidling Room 408
Phone: +961-1-737627
Fax: ZAP
Web site:
Organization type: Academics
  • English


Areas of expertise & Fields of activity:
Economic and Social:
  • Agriculture
  • Biodiversity
  • Citizenship and Governance
  • Climate Change
  • Environment
  • Food
  • Governance
  • Human Rights
  • Peace and Security
  • Refugees
  • Water
  • Youth

Sustainable Development:
  • Agriculture
  • Climate change
  • Energy
Geographic scope: Regional
  • Asia
Country of activity:
  • Lebanon
Mission statement:
Year established (YYYY): 1866
Year of registration (YYYY): 1961
Organizational structure: AUB Board of Trustees, AUB President, Provost, Dean's of Faculties. The Issam Fares Institute's structure is composed of a Steering Committee, Advisory Board, Director, Associate Director, Faculty Research Directors for 5 programs, Program Coordinators, Programs manager, Administrative Officer and Administrative Assistant
Number and type of members: The Issam Fares Institute has 14 staff members that is composed of a senior management (Director and Associate Director), middle level management ( Programs manager, Administrative Officer), Senior Program Coordinator and 4 Program Coordinators. IFI has research assistants, fellows and interns.
Funding structure:
  • Donations and grants from domestic sources
  • Foreign and international grants
Funding structure other: Donation from Former MP Issam Fares

Additional Information


Major group affiliation: Non-governmental Orgnizations
Affiliation with other organizations: AUB- IFI created a consortium of Arab Public Research Institute (CAPRI)>. The CAPRI project was launched in fall 2010 as part of the RAPP program particularly aimed at studying the research and policy links related to Policy Research Institutes (PRIs). The term PRI is used in the place of "think tank" because the latter term is a Western concept that does not fully incorporate the range of institutions with policy impact in the Arab world. In order to better understand PRIs' research and policy links, it is essential to examine PRIs' role and impact. This requires the conceptual disaggregation of PRIs as institutes on the one hand, and PRIs within the policy-making process on the other.
Affiliation with UN bodies: Accredited as observers to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change- Conference of Parties
Publications: - A Case Study on Lebanon’s National Strategy for Forest Fire Management. - The Economics of Tobacco in Lebanon: An Estimation of the Social Costs of Tobacco Consumption - "Climate Change, Water and the PolicyMaking Process in the Levant and North Africa" -Syria: Climate Change, Water and the Policy-Making Process in the Levant and North Africa - Climate Change in the Levant and North Africa Region: An assessment of implications for water resources, regional state of awareness and preparedness, and the road ahead. -National Economic, Environment and Development Studies (NEEDS) Project