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RESEARCH AND CONFERENCES

Knowledge is power, and knowledge is the basis for building a productive individual and a developed society. Lebanonís value is not only in itsgeographic position and its natural beauty but in the creativity of its people both inside Lebanon and around the world. The confidence of the world in Lebanon is based on the success of Lebanese wherever they have settled. On this basis, the Foundation sponsors a number of scientific and cultural activities, among which are:

  Issam Fares Lecture Series at the University of Balamand, starting in 1999 with a lecture by Dr. Ismat Abd al-Maguid the former General Secretary of the League of Arab States.
  Conferences on Development in Akkar.
  Conferences on Public Education.
  Conferences on Agriculture, the Environment, and other pressing issues.


The Foundation also sponsors the publication of books and studies on Akkar, Lebanon, and the Middle East, and the relations of Lebanon with the world, among which, recently, were: ďA Journey to the Levant - 1615Ē Henry de Beauveau, and ďAkkar: the Hidden TreasuresĒ; both in cooperation with Dar Nahar publishing house.

Although the Foundationís main activities are in Lebanon, it also accords a significant importance to projecting Lebanon to the world. On the international level, there is the Issam M. Fares Center for East Mediterranean Studies at Tufts University in Massachusetts, USA, which focuses on Lebanese and Middle Eastern affairs. In addition, there is the annual Issam Fares Lecture Series which has featured presentations by such major figures as, former US President George H.W. Bush, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, former French President Valery Giscard díEstaing, former US Secretary of State James Baker, US Senator George Mitchell, US Secretary of State General Colin Powell, and former US President Bill Clinton.

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