Centre of International and Strategic Relations In Lebanon

The Centre of International and Strategic Relations (CRIS) in Lebanon will be the first Lebanese Independent Centre for debate, meeting and research on international issues.

The CRIS, an independent Centre of International and Strategic Relations in the Middle East, will neither be submitted to any administrative supervision, nor affiliated to any political party. The Centre’s uniqueness will also consist in its action research activities.

The CRIS programmes will be consist in:

  1. The organisation of conferences and seminars on the Lebanese, Middle Eastern and International current events enriched by the contribution of CRIS, Lebanese and multidisciplinary International researchers.
  2. A future vision of Lebanon, the Middle East and International Relations. Identification of chief trends which will affect the future international system.
  3. The analysis of the implications of the international developments for Lebanese and International enterprises. The diversified programmes aim notably at highlighting the scope of decisions taken within the public and private sectors.

The CRIS, a centre of conferences and multidisciplinary research, will have at its disposal researchers and will rely on and use a vast network of Lebanese and international specialists. The Centre will contribute to the training of young researchers for an increasingly global new concept of international relations. The researchers will abide by ethical responsibility and objectivity. The CRIS will not be bound by individual position taking.

The CRIS, centre of meetings and debate, will favour a fruitful interaction among international and regional organisations, national and international public institutions, the private sector, national and international researchers and representatives of the civil society during exchanges of views with actors or qualified observers of the international scene.

The Centre will be a recognised public association. It will permit its members to participate in wide international debates.

The CRIS, the first independent Lebanese Think Tank, will play an important role in the Lebanese, Middle Eastern and International “intellectual diplomacy”.

Fields of research

The work of the Centre will cover the political/strategic evolution, notably relations in their diverse components; regional approaches (Middle East, North Africa, Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America, Africa, Pacific and Caribbean); global strategies (world governance, resource management, environment, Lebanese and International Migration, etc.); the European construction; the Lebanese and International economies and the analysis of the dynamics of globalisation.

Researchers of CRIS

The CRIS will bring together permanent researchers dealing with diverse subjects. Such researchers with varied professional experience will participate actively in wide debates on important international themes.

CRIS Board Members in alphabetical order:

·Achkar, Roger
·Chehaitli, Ibtissam
·Faki, Lama
·Jaroudi, Kamal
·Kelekian, Lena
·Kosremelli, Sandra
·Leray, Rene
·Sarraf, Angela
·Taoutel, Christian
·Zeineddine, Tarek


American International Consortium of Academic Libraries began with a grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation in 2004 to explore the possibility of 17 American-style, liberal arts institutions forming a consortium. Among the topics this group was charged to explore were sharing electronic resources, collaborative training, shared course offerings and interlibrary loan possibilities. In 2006, by unanimous vote of all member institutions voting, AMICAL adopted the Membership Agreement and the Operating Guidelines and 17 members have formally joined AMICAL on the basis of these founding documents.

This Year’s Conference: Ifrane, 2007

This year’s conference will be hosted by the Mohammed VI Library at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco May 27-30, 2007. This year’s focus will be “Integrating library and IT services for better learning.” The Keynote address will be delivered by Susan Perry from Mt. Holyoke College, Senior Advisor for Liberal Arts Colleges at the Andrew Mellon Foundation and Director of Programs at the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

This year’s conference will deal with three major themes: “Collaboration on Technology-Enhanced Information Environments’, “Collaboration for Academic Integrity” and “Networks: Sharing Resources, Sharing Expertise.” NITLE post-conference workshops will be given about the use of social software tools in higher education environments, and information services tools and systems such as learning management systems and institutional repositories.

At the end of the conference participants will have the opportunity to attend the Fès Festival of Sacred Music

For more information, see the AMICAL 4 conference website.

Dedication of Ahmad & Suad Juffali Business & Technology Library at LAU

Under the  patronage of HE Minister of Education

Dr. Khaled Kabbani

Dedication of Ahmad and Suad Juffali

Business and Technology Library 


Thursday May 10, 2007- 11:00 a.m.


LAU- Beirut 



–          Lebanese National Anthem (1 minute)

–          LAU Alma Mater (1 minute)

–          Welcoming note by MC Mr. Christian Oussi (1-2 minute)

–          Speech by LAU President Dr. Joseph G. Jabbra (5 minutes)

–          Speech by HE Minister of Education Dr. Khaled Kabbani (5 minutes)

–          Speech by Mrs. Suad Juffali (5 minutes)

–          Unveiling the plaque of the Juffali Library

–          Touring the Juffali Library

–          Reception and Cocktail

–          Touring the Riyad Nassar Library


(Estimated duration of the program: 30 minutes)