Transnational Tides and the Future of the Arab City
American University of Beirut, Lebanon
October 2-3, 2009
The Association’s inaugural conference was organized under the patronage of Ziad Baroud, former Lebanese Minister of the Interior and Municipalities with the support of the Council on Middle East Studies at Yale. The event took place at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. It was the largest Yale alumni event ever to take place in the Arab Middle East.
Transnational Tides and the Future of the Arab City identified best practices and innovative strategies that globalizing Arab cities, governments, and institutions need to consider implementing in order to improve urban welfare and sustainability. The multidisciplinary conference featured experts and decision-makers from the fields of urban planning and development, higher education, regional finance, culture, public policy, public health, and environmental sustainability – transnational leaders who are harnessing the potential of the Arab metropolitan network to ensure a sustainable, integrated regional future.