A Vision for a New Lebanon: The Post-election Landscape - Reality & Reform

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Time: Sat 25 (09:30) - Sun 26 (14:00) June 2022
Place: Beirut, Lebanon

A Vision for a New Lebanon: The Post-election Landscape - Reality & Reform

'A Vision for A New Lebanon' is an initiative by The Peace Research Institute Oslo's Middle East Centre. It aims to facilitate dialogue in Lebanon around key topics essential to creating a modern vision for a better Lebanon and to encourage consensus-building around the reforms needed to realize this vision.

The initiative consists of a series of events bringing together a diverse range of participants from across the national spectrum, including new members of parliament, local and community figures, activists, and representatives of educational institutions, social movements, unions, and non-governmental organizations.

In our upcoming event we will focus on "the post-election landscape, reality and reform" from a social-political perspective. Participants will engage in panel discussions to identify key issues and priorities for action. Questionnaires will be circulated to bring further focus into the discussions.  

Click the link below to follow the event live on Youtube:


Day 1 - 25 June 2022

09:30 - 10:00 Registration

10:00 - 10:30 Welcome – PRIO

Watch the recording of the welcoming speeches and session 1 here:

  • Greg Reichberg - Research Professor, PRIO
  • Harry Tzimitras - Director, PRIO Cyprus Centre
  • Khaled Zaza - External Associate, PRIO

10:30 - 12:00 Session 1: The Lebanese National Idea

Moderator: Sobhiya Najjar - Journalist


  • Dr. Ali Mourad - Assistant professor in Public Law, BAU
  • Journalist Saada Allaw - Head of Journalism Department, Legal Agenda
  • Dr. Wissam Laham - Lecturer at the Institute of Political Science, USJ Beirut

Discussion, questions and comments

12:00 - 12:30 Coffee Break

12:30 - 14:00 Session 2: Institutions Past and Future 

Watch the recording of session 2 here:

Moderator: Journalist Yumna Fawaz - Founder and Director of U for Political and Media Consulting

Panel: "Democratic Institutions and The Rule of Law"

  • MP Ibrahim Mneimneh - Member of the parliamentary Budget Committee
  • Dr. Jamil Mouawad - Senior fellow at the Arab Reform Initiative (ARI)
  • Journalist Diana Mokalled - Co-founder and Managing Editor of Daraj Media
  • Journalist Layal Bou Moussa - Investigative journalist and PhD candidate in Law

Discussion, questions and comments

14:00 - 15:30 Lunch

15:30 - 17:00 Session 3: Inclusivity

Watch the recording of session 3 here:

Moderator: Journalist Doja Daoud - Feminist activist, press freedom advocate, and founding member of the Alternative Press Syndicate

Panel: "Women in Lebanese Political Life"

  • MP Dr. Halime Kaakour - Member of Parliament
  • Verena el Amil - Student and political activist
  • Dr. Rania Arab - Lecturer at the Lebanese University
  • Alya Awada - Feminist activist and director of NO2TA the Feminist Lab

Discussion, questions and comments

Day 2 - 26 June 2022

Watch the recording of the summary and session 4 here:

11:00 - 11:15 Summary of Day 1

Henrik Buljo Anstorp (Coordinator, PRIO Middle East Centre)

11:30 - 13:00 Session 4: Policy Aspects and Implementation

Moderator: Adam Shamsedeen - Investigative Journalist

Panel: "What policies are needed for a new Lebanon?"

  • MP Dr. Abdel Rahman Al Bizri - Health Department
  • Journalist Riad Kobeissi - Investigative journalist & researcher
  • Lawyer Nizar Saghieh - Co-founder and Executive Director of Legal Agenda
  • Lawyer Mohammad Sablouh - Head of the prisons committee at the Tripoli Bar Association and expert on penal justice

Discussion, questions and comments

Watch the recording of the final discussions here:

13:15 - 13:45  The Road Ahead

  • Summary of conference discussions: Henrik Buljo Anstorp (Coordinator, PRIO Middle East Centre)
  • General discussion and drafting of common blueprint on fundamental elements for a new Lebanon