National Reconciliation in Lebanon: an Assessment

The purpose of this joint project between the Council for the Advancement of Arab British Understanding (CAABU) and the Centre for Lebanese Studies was to undertake a one-year research programme, which aimed to collate and evaluate information about efforts towards national reconciliation in Lebanon since 1989. Lebanon’s population, especially the youth, emerged from the years of strife bearing scars that have affected their relations with each other. Several efforts were undertaken to remedy the situation and heal the wounds created by the war and create bonds of citizenship between the various groups in Lebanon. The conference created a process of co-operation between the institutions and NGO’s and a brainstorm of ideas and approaches. As a result, the main project researcher Dr Karen Abi Ezzi, reported upon the analysis, adding policy recommendations that would also benefit other areas of similar conflict.

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