The civil movement in Lebanon, hope for a change 22-23 and 24 April

The “International Centre of Human Sciences” organizes on 22-23 and 24 current April , in collaboration with the German Foundation “Hanns Seidel”, a workshop on the theme “the Civil movement  in Lebanon, hope for a change” with the participation of universities professors of law and political and social sciences, activists of the civil movement and members of organizations and associations of civil society, at the headquarter of the center in Byblos.

Centre International des Sciences de l’Homme
in co-operation with Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung

The Lebanese Citizen’s Movement – A Hope for Change April 22 -24,2016 – Byblos / Lebanon

Friday, 22 April 2016

09:00 – 09:30  |  Registration

09:30 – 10:15  |  Opening Ceremony

• Dr. Adonis Akra, Director of the Centre International des Sciences de l’Homme

• Mr. Thomas Gebhard; Regional Representative of the Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung Amman office

10:15-10:30  |  Welcome cocktail

10:30 – 13:30  |  The evolution of the popular movement in Lebanon since the time of independence to date

-The stage of corruption in the era of Bechara El-Khoury
-The stage of popular movement in the era of Camille Chamoununtil the late sixties
-The stage of popular movement since the eve of the Civil War until the Ta’if Agreement


• Dr. Nassib Abu Dargham
• Dr. AfifOssman
• Dr. Mirna Zakaria

-Questions & Answersand open discussion – working group
-Coffee Break included in the session

Session chair:
Joumana Merhi

13:30 – 14:30  |  Lunch

14:30-18:30  |  The new popular movement conditions and its motivations since 2011

– Limitation of political visions
– The appearance of young people who are interested in public affairs
– The popular movement objectives and the expected results


• Dr. Paul Ashkar
• Dr. Mohamed Zabib
• Dr. Jamal Wakim

-Questions & Answers and open discussion – working group
-Coffee Break included in the session

Session Chair:
Mr.Saïd Issa

20:00  |  Dinner for overnight guests

Saturday, 23 April 2016

09:30 – 10:00  |  Registration

10:00- 13:00  |  Can you use any strategy to create change?

-Is there any certain strategy to create changes?
-What can we suggest to change the current reality?
-What are the indicators of success and failure for any strategy?
-Means of change and its difficulties


• Dr. Hassan Al Zein
• Dr.Laura Abou Khalil
• Dr. Nizar Ghanem
• Dr. SarkisBouZeid

-Questions & Answers and open discussion
-Coffee Break included in the session

Session Chair:
Dr. Pierre Fulfula

13:00 – 14:00  |  Lunch

14:00 – 18:00  |  Sociological and Political Comparisons between the Lebanese movement and the ArabSpring

-The differences of social structuresand political systems
-The different circumstances and objectives
-Common interests and difficulties
-The role of young people towards the democracy processin their countries


• Dr. Fadia Kiwan
• Dr.Tahar Ben Yehia – Tunis
• Dr. Khalil Khairallah
• Dr. Sami Ofeish

Session Chair:
Dr.Laura Abou Khalil

-Questions & Answers and open discussion
-Coffee Break included in the session

20:00  |  Dinner for overnight guests

Sunday, 24 April 2016

08:30 – 09:00  |  Registration

09:00 – 10:00  |  Review the topics of the previous day

10:00 – 13:00  |  Working Groups

-Each group will discuss some issues related to the context of the previous days in order to nourish some level of debate and exchange useful ideas

-The first group will answer the question:There is a decline in the proportion of young voters in the parliamentary and municipal elections process, what is the reason behind this decline?

-The second group will answer the question:How can we create a young political leadership instead of the current tradition political leadership to bring a real change in the Lebanese democratic system?

-The third group will answer the question:The absence of women participation in the in social life, leads to a decline in the living standard and the development rate, how to explain this?

-Coffee Break included in the session

13:15 – 14:30  |  Lunch

14:30 – 16:30  |  To be continued

16:30 – 16:45  |  Coffee Break

16:45 – 17:45  |  Closing session: Wrap up & recommendations

Dr. Shaker Noon

21:00  |  Dinner for overnight guests

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