Oussama SafaOussama Safa is General Director of the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, an independent public policy think tank based in Beirut, Lebanon. An expert on Lebanese and contemporary Arab politics, he is responsible for overseeing all of the Center's research projects and the development and implementation of democracy, good governance and anti-corruption programmes. Mr. Safa has also been working on security sector reform, peacebuilding, electoral reforms and concepts of peaceful dispute resolution. Prior to this, he was Adviser to the secretariat of the World Economic Forum's Council of 100 Leaders where he co-lead a project on Christian-Moslem Dialogue aimed at bridging the divide between cultures and religions. Until April 2004 he lived in Rabat, Morocco where he launched and managed community peace-building programs, labour mediation initiatives and Alternative Dispute Resolution projects with the Ministry of Justice there. Mr. Safa is currently the Secretary General of Lebanon's Green Party. Prior to re-locating to Morocco in 2001 he was a senior trainer and founding member of the executive committee of the Lebanon Conflict Resolution Network (LCRN). In 1995, while living in Wahington, DC he helped develop civil society programs in Lebanon and directly participated in the postwar recovery efforts there. Mr. Safa has observed legislative elections on more than one occasion in Lebanon and Yemen and was part of earlier efforts to found the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections; he is co-founder of the Arab Election Monitoring Network. Mr. Safa has written and published commentaries, analyses and studies of major trends and issues in the Arab region and has extensive experience working with civil society in the MENA region; in 1998 he became founding president of Lebanon's Anti-Corruption Association, La Fassad. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science and international relations from the American University of Beirut and the American University in Washington, DC.
The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, established in 1989, has an extensive record of work in public policy. LCPS, headquartered in Beirut, is a non-partisan not for profit research centre with a practical aim. Although research and publication are central to the center's objectives, advocacy, training, and cooperative efforts are also a large part of the work of LCPS. While LCPS focuses on Lebanon, the centre does work throughout the Middle East and North African region. LCPS is concerned with a variety of issues including governance, elections, social and economic development, judicial reforms, and media reform.
In the first phase of EuroMed 2025, Mr. Safa will work within the Issue Area "Environmental Governance" on the geopolitical dimension of water. Building on the findings of phase one, he will develop a scenario of 'ad hoc conflict management without domestic policy reforms and regional cooperation'. For the policy recommendations he will focus on integrated coastal and water management as well as on sustainable agricultural policy and food security.
Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, Lebanon
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