Partner Institutions

The Fares Center maintains primary partnerships with The Issam Fares Center at the American University of Beirut and the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies hosted at Northeastern University. These are key partners for The Fares Center as it seeks to continue bringing the strongest thought leadership and learning opportunities to members of The Fletcher School and wider Boston community. 

Issam Fares Institute — American University of Beirut 

Inaugurated in 2006, the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut (IFI) is an independent, research-based, policy-oriented institute. It aims to initiate and develop policy-relevant research in and about the Arab world.  

The Institute aims at bridging the gap between academia and policymaking by conducting high quality research on the complex issues and challenges faced by Lebanese and Arab societies within shifting international and global contexts, by generating evidence-based policy recommendations and solutions for Lebanon and the Arab world, and by creating an intellectual space for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas among researchers, scholars, civil society actors, media, and policy makers. 


Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies 

BCARS is an international forum where Arab region scholars from Boston and Arab institutions can meet and work collaboratively to advance policy and research, strengthen a scholarly community, and mentor the next generation of policy analysts and scholars. The Fares Center Director Nadim Rouhana serves on the Consortium’s Executive Committee. 

BCARS was established with the support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The Carnegie Corporation of New York is a philanthropic grantmaking foundation that was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding, “To do real and permanent good in this world.” – Andrew Carnegie, The Gospel of Wealth, 1900.