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The AUC Forum applies respected academic standards to the analysis of policy-oriented issues by highlighting the issues that bridge the Middle East and the wider world. To this end, the AUC Forum, alone or in collaboration with national, regional and international institutions, holds conferences, workshops and panels on timely topics crucial to the region and the world in the 21st century. The AUC Forum is also increasingly involved in international research activities, whether with the European Union or the United Nations Development Program.

Message From the Director

To counter the widespread perception of academia as an ivory tower institution, the Forum was established in 2006/2007 as a unique initiative to increase the interaction between people’s concerns and university intellectual’s ones. The Forum thus acts as a market of ideas, of all relevant ideas. Its work includes – at one end – collaboration with some U.N. agencies to discuss global issues or sending AUC students for internships in New York.

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Our Work

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Our network of partners expands beyond our local borders, the AUC forum has ties with regional and global institutions as well. 

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Sahwa Research Project

Despite the growing interest for the region following the Arab Spring, a glaring lack of knowledge about Arab youth has marked the views of external actors and policy-makers so far. SAHWA Project brings together fifteen partners from Europe and Arab countries to research youth prospects and perspectives in a context of multiple social, economic and political transitions in five Arab Mediterranean countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt and Lebanon)

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MENA Data Bank

This databank is AUC Forum’s most disaggregated databank, covering over 30 well-established indicators for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region. The purpose of this project is to make available in one place a tool that encapsulates the most significant indicators used in social science research. 

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Arab Human Development report

AUC political science Professor Bahgat Korany, director of the AUC Forum, has been selected as the lead author for the 10th anniversary volume of the Arab Human Development Report (AHDR) published by the United Nations Development Program. Since its inception, AHDR has brought prominent intellectuals and practitioners from the Arab world to analyze the three vital human development deficits in the Arab world, which are knowledge, freedom and women’s empowerment.

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