Time and location

Monday, 12 March 2018, 19:00 - 21:00
Central Library Vienna - Am Gürtel, Urban-Loritz-Platz 2a, 1070 Vienna


Anthony Keedi
Abaad - Resource Center for Gender Equality, Beirut

Nikolas Kosmatopoulos
American University Beirut

Chair: Magda Seewald, VIDC

Languages: English and German with simultaneous interpretation

Registration: seewald@remove-this.vidc.org

Lebanon - on the brink of war

© Frank Schultze/Alamy Stock Photo
© Frank Schultze/Alamy Stock Photo


While the war in Syria has disappeared from the headlines in Western media, its effects in Lebanon are omnipresent. With more than 1.5 million refugees from Syria and a major social, political and economic crisis, Lebanon has long been part of the conflict and war zones in the Arab world. In the face of this flight, social struggles in the country are exacerbated. They form part of what a comprehensive crisis in Lebanon means.
At the political level, Saudi Arabia's pressure on Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the end of last year was so great that he had to resign. Although Hariri is now back in office, this episode illustrates how unstable the political system in the country still is. Linked to this is the direct military involvement of the Lebanese Hezbollah in the war in Syria as an ally of the regime and its political weight in Lebanon. This has led to increased speculation in Israeli media over the recent months of an upcoming war Israel’s against Lebanon. At the same time, in the course of recent years, a diverse social movement in Lebanon has impressively demonstrated that political, social and economic crisis are not simply accepted. What can mean social and political engagement in Lebanon under today's conditions? How can the different lines of conflict be interpreted from a gender critical perspective?
Lebanon has faced various crises and wars over the last decades. What were their main political and social implications? To what extent can we speak here of a neo-liberal upheaval in the country due to crisis and war? How does this development of the last decades affect the current situation?


Anthony Keedi

has been working for his past eight years as Masculinities Technical Advisor at ABAAD-Resource Center for Gender Equality Beirut, where he piloting and promoting the concept of Engaging Men in Ending Violence Against Women. In his work thus far, he and his colleagues have has created local forums of men standing to end Gender Based Violence; They oversaw the 1st ever White Ribbon Campaign in the Middle East; Currently they work with Iraqi & Syrian Refugee men in raising their awareness of Gender Based Violence, Gender Equality, Masculinities and stress and anger management; He helped establishing the 1st psychological rehabilitation clinic for men with abusive behaviours in the Middle East. Furthermore, Anthony Keedi has contributed to various policy and capacity development projects.

Nikolas Kosmatopoulos

is an assistant professor of International Affairs and Anthropology and core faculty member of the Graduate Program of Public Policy and International Affairs at the Department of Political Studies and Public Administration at American University Beirut (AUB). Before joining AUB, he taught at Freie Universität Berlin, Universität Zürich (UZH), Columbia University in New York, Sciences Po in Paris, and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. In 2014-15 Nikolas Kosmatopoulos was Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology in the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
His research links global politics, critical development studies and political anthropology with a focus on questions of expert power, policy expertise and global institutions. Currently Nikolas Kosmatopoulos is working on a manuscript provisionally titled ‘Master Peace: Governing Violence in post-Civil War Lebanon‘.

Magda Seewald

is a political scientist and has been a project consultant at VIDC since 2005 with a regional focus on the Arab Region, especially Palestine. She also coordinates a VIDC series on upheaval in the Arab World. As the gender consultant at VIDC, she supervises the area of the gender sensitization of men as well as the mentoring project for refugee women ‘Willkommen Freundin‘. Magda Seewald is a co-founder of the network ‘REloading Feminismus‘. Her latest publication as a co-editor is ‘Krise, Revolte und Krieg in der arabischen Welt‘ (2017).