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Oussama Safa

Oussama 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.

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Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, Lebanon

Recent relevant publications:
  • Safa, O. (ed.) (1998): Abaad No.7, Beirut: LCPS (publication of the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies), special issue on Environment including articles on: Prespectives of the environmental Crisis in Lebanon, Blockaded Iraq: An environment being ravaged from all sides, The origin of GroundWater pollution in Lebanon, The dangers of water pollution on public Health, and others.
  • Safa, O. (ed.) (1998): Abaad No.8, Beirut: LCPS (publication of the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies), special issue on Environment including articles on: The role of fertilizers and pesticides in the pollution of the environment and foods in Lebanon, Dried and canned food in nutrition and their impact on health, The spread of quarrying and its impact on the environment, The destruction of Lebanon's patrimony, The environment and reconstruction, The role of civil associations in the protection of the environment, Environment the new educational curriculum, The experience of nature reserves in Lebanon: how to improve and expand them, The role of the state, state institutions, and municipalities an environmental protection.



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