Fadi Nicholas Nassar is U.S.-Lebanon Fellow at the Middle East Institute and Director of the Institute for Social Justice and Conflict Resolution and Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the Lebanese American University (LAU). He is also a Research Fellow at the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, the oldest Lebanese-based think-tank, and a Fellow at The Sectarianism, Proxies and De-sectarianisation (SEPAD) project based at Lancaster University's Richardson Institute. His work focuses on international humanitarian and relief interventions in fragile and conflict settings, democratization, and U.S. foreign policy and Middle Eastern politics.

He is the principal investigator of a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York that is focusing on resilience and inclusive governance in the post-2011 Arab landscape. He is also leading a series of projects aimed at finding sustainable pathways out of Lebanon’s compounded crises that are supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the European Union, and others. 

In the immediate aftermath of the Port of Beirut Blast on Aug. 4, 2020, he was part of the World Bank’s core team responsible for designing the Beirut Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment (RDNA), the primary evidence-based study to assess the damages caused by the Port of Beirut explosion and the country’s recovery and reconstruction needs. He was also a Visiting Fellow at Sciences Po Paris and a Doctoral Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

Fadi’s upcoming book examines the U.N.'s mediation efforts in Syria and his articles on U.S. foreign policy, Middle Eastern politics, and Lebanon can be found in a wide range of publications in English, Arabic, French, and Spanish.

Education
Fadi holds a PhD from the War Studies Department at King’s College London. A graduate of Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, he also received a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University.

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