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Photos & Completed Schedule from our 12th Beirut Exchange Politics Conference

A lot to write about after ten days of intensive Lebanon and Regional politics – especially in regards to meetings with Hezbollah, the Lebanese Army and M14 security figures.

Two and a half years after being mostly in Tunis, I’ll be writing intensively about Lebanon, once again, in 2015.

Our final schedule of events for the Exchange Jan 4-14, 2015. The next one will be in late March with the announcement coming shortly, including for a Gulf Exchange, Tunis Exchange and Turkey Exchange!


Sunday, January 4
8pm-11pm @Cavalier Hotel
–Opening Greeting/Security Briefing

Monday, January 5
9am – Nicholas Noe,
1:30 – Ayman Mhanna, Samir Kassir Foundation
4pm – Omar Nashabe, Consultant for the Defense Counsel at the STL
7pm – Jihad Yazigi, The Syria Report

Tuesday, January 6
9:30am – Karim Makdisi, American University of Beirut
1:30pm – Discussion section
3:30pm – Bashir Saade, Edinburgh University
6pm – Anne Barnard, New York Times
8pm – Nicolas Pouillard, Institut Français du Proche-Orient

Wednesday, January 7
10am – Discussion section
12:30pm – Shadi Karam, Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister
2:15pm – Nick Blanford, Times of London/Daily Star
4pm – Ibrahim Moussawi, Al-Manar TV
5:30 – Liz Sly, Washignton Post

Thursday, January 8
9am – Alice Arrue, UNIFIL
10:30am – Angelina Eichhorst, EU Delegation to the Lebanese Republic
11:30am – Ahmed Fatfat, Future Movement
1:30pm – The Special Tribunal for Lebanon
7pm – Abdullah Dardari, United Nations

Friday, January 9
9am – Makram Rabah, Georgetown University
11:30pm – Zizette Darkazally, UNRWA
4:30pm – Sami Gemayel, Kataeb
7pm – Mohammad Obeid, Hizbullah

Saturday, January 10
10:30am – Vincent Battle, Former US Ambassador
12pm – Ali Hamdan, AMAL
4pm – Mustapha Alloush, Future Movement

Sunday, January 11
1:30pm– Trip to the South (“Resistance Museum at Mleeta,” weather permitting)
5pm – Walid Jumblatt, Progressive Socialist Party

Monday, January 12
10am – Rabih Shibley, AUB
1pm – Alain Aoun, Free Patriotic Movement
2pm – Antoine Zahra, Lebanese Forces
3:30pm – Eli Khoury, Saatchi & Saatchi/Quantum
5pm – Hanin Ghaddar, Now Lebanon
8:30 – Dinner @ Muzzienne Restaurant

Tuesday, January 13
9:30am – Ali Qanso, Lebanese Armed Forces General Directorate
11:30am – Mohammad Afif, Hizbullah
1pm – Nadim Houri, Human Rights Watch
2:30pm – May Akl, Free Patriotic Movement
4:30pm – Patriarch of the Maronite Church Bsharra Rai
7pm – Nadim Gemayel, Kateab

Wednesday, January 14
10am – Ali Fayyad, Hizbullah
11:30am – Mohammad Qabbani, Former Sunni Mufti of Lebanon


PHOTOS: With Maronite Patriach Rai, Former Syrian VP Abdullah Dardari, Tripoli Future Movement leader Mustapha Alloush, Walif Jumblatt, MPs Alain Aoun FPM and Antoine Zahra Lebanese Forces, Eli Khouri Saatchi and Saatchi Middle East, HRW head in Lebanon Nadim Houri and May Akl, senior adivsor to General Michel Aoun FPM.

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Written by nickbiddlenoe

January 15, 2015 at 2:12 pm

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