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Panel Discussion on Lebanon – Strengths and Weaknesses of the Civil Society

civil societyIn the context of the visit of a French diplomatic delegation from the Strategic Planning Unit[1], NGC organized in Beirut an informal panel discussion on the current situation in Lebanon with representatives of the Media, Cultural and Entrepreneurial sectors.

The participants gathered on December 21st in Altcity, a social space designed to support Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Lebanon. The discussion revolved around identifying key strengths and weaknesses of the Lebanese society in the face of current political, security and economic challenges. Continue reading

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New Publication on the Syrian Conflict

Pas de printemps JPEGWe are very proud to anounce the publication by La Decouverte Editions  in French of “Pas de printemps pour la Syrie – Les clés  pour comprendre les acteurs et les défis de la crise, 2011-2013” (“Won’t there be a Syrian Spring? Keys to understand the players and the challenges of the crisis (2011-2013)”) under the supervision of the French Institute of the Near East (IFPO).

This collective work brings together the contributions of more than 20 experts among the best connoisseurs of the Middle East and Syria. NGC Director, Janaina Herrera contributed by bringing a unique expertise on the Syro-Lebanese diaspora in Latin America and its positioning vis a vis the Syrian crisis. For a detailed table of contents and list of authors (in French), click here.

Focusing on information collected as close to the source as possible, this important book highlights the historical roots of the crisis, analyzes the issues at stake and scrutinizes its political, economic and ideological implications.

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Remarks on the Legality of Potential Strikes on Syria

un-flag-square With the procrastination of military action and national parliaments’ growing involvement, debates over the legality, legitimacy and efficiency of potential strikes against the Syrian regime are getting increasingly polarized.

In that context, we would like to share a set of arguments regarding the issue of the legality of  an intervention in the face of UN Security Council’s paralysis. Continue reading

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NGC Special Report – Making Sense of Brazilian Protests

Dancing Shadows on the Brazilian Congress

Dancing Shadows on the Brazilian Congress

NGC is proud to share with you its latest Special Report on the protests in Brazil.

We happened to be in Sao Paulo in June 2013 for a month-long research mission, when the protests against the bus fare hike broke out.

We decided to try to make sense of this historical upheaval, mobilizing our two-year experience in the field of Public Healthcare in a favela of Rio and interviewing Brazilians from the Public, Private and Third-sector Organizations in Sao Paulo, Rio and Brasilia.

This report is but a small contribution to a larger discussion that is just beginning, let us know your thoughts and share with us your analysis!

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Muslim Brothers in Power: a Cultural Clash

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Are Muslim Brothers in Egypt failing because they are Islamists? Are Islamists incompatible with democracy?  Is it the very essence of Islam that explains the Brothers’ inability to design a sound economic policy?

History and sociology are of critical importance when it comes to better understanding the difficult political transition in Egypt. Religion is only one part of the story, and maybe not the main one. Continue reading

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Impressions from Egypt

 

Eager to get a local view on the complex and bumpy Egyptian transition process, we went to Cairo early October to meet with Egyptian researchers, academics, activists as well as foreign diplomats and journalists. Here are a few  impressions and food for thought. Continue reading

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3rd Arab-Latino Summit in Lima – Out of the comfort zone

Since then, things have changed

In 2005, Brazilian President Lula initiated the first Summit of South America and Arab countries (ASPA) in Brasilia in an attempt to create a strategic South-South alliance for international development, justice and peace. This was followed by the Doha ASPA Summit in 2009. We are today on the eve of the 3rd session in Lima, Peru on October 1-2. 21 members from the Arab League and 11 from the Union of South American Nations, the Unasur (Syria and Paraguay are suspended from their organizations) will attend. Continue reading

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Empower the Free Syrian Army

“We ask the inhabitants of March to save us from the people of Earth” , a plea from the people of Dael in Daraa, Syria, 12 Juillet 2012

Over the past 18 months of the Syrian conflict, experts had plenty of time to discuss options for international action in Syria, including:

1.  A UN peace-keeping mission

2. A buffer zone in Syria

3. A no-fly zone

4. Arming the Free Syrian Army Continue reading

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Interview with opponents to the Syrian regime

NGC had the opportunity to meet with people directly involved or in touch with key actors of the Syrian revolution on the ground to discuss current status of the Syrian conflict, its international aspects and the potential scenarios for the coming months.

We first tried to get a clearer idea of the balance of power on the ground. Many observers believe Syria is sinking into a long lasting Lebanese-style civil war with a regime still strong and ready to fight until the bitter end an opposition growing more violent and religious day by day. Continue reading

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Partnering up with Conectas in Sao Paolo


We are delighted to announce that NGC and Conectas have officially partnered up in an endeavor to build bridges between pro-democracy actors in the Arab world and South America.

Conectas is a key actor in the field of human rights and rule of law in Brazil and in the Global South.

Through its Justice Program, Conectas promotes strategic and public interest litigations. Since 2004, it has been filing amicus curiae briefs in legal cases involving fundamental rights being heard by the Supreme Federal Court (STF). It is now playing an active role in the context of the establishment of the Brazilian Truth Commission by President Rousseff to examine human-rights violations committed from 1946 to 1988, with a focus on the dictatorship.

At a global level, Conecats, which was granted consultative status with the ECOSOC-UN in 2006, and observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in 2009, aims at increasing the impact of human rights defenders and academics from the Global South (Africa, Asia and Latin America) through education, research, networking and advocacy activities. The NGO publishes Sur, a Human Rights Journal in English, Spanish and Portuguese to promote a critical debate on human rights issues from a Global South perspective.

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