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Can less be more and small be beautiful?
by Najib Saab
April 2010

In 1866 Daniel Bliss founded an independent college for higher education, at a small house in Ras Beirut, which accommodated 16 students. This was the first building block of the American University in Beirut (AUB) which became the leading educational institution in the Arab world. AUB is still flourishing after a century and a half, during which time thousands of leaders in all fields passed through its doors.
Arab water: reform or perish
by Najib Saab
February 2010

The Arab world is facing thirst and hunger unless rapid and effective measures are taken to address the water scarcity dilemma. Even if all available water resources were utilized, Arab countries are today under the water stress level, and they will face by 2025 the stage of 'acute water scarcity' which is less than 500 cubic meter per capita per year. In many countries this is already below 100 cubic meters, which can be only described as below thirst level.
China and USA: two giants controlling the World's Climate
By Najib Saab
January 2010

The main outcome from the Copenhagen climate summit may turn out to be the Chinese-American accord that will probably mark the 21st century. The agreement between the old and new super powers, at the last minutes of negotiations, can be considered as a coup that not only marginalized the developing nations but also sidelined the European countries. In a tone characterized by bitterness, the UN Secretary General and EU leaders attempted to identify some 'positive elements' in this crippled agreement by considering it a 'beginning'. Those who will have enough life might witness how the end will be.
Climate Change: Challenge of Tomorrow, Solution for Today
by Najib Saab
September 2009

Is it true that combating climate change hampers efforts to tackle pressing issues in the Arab world such as poverty, hunger, water scarcity and pollution?

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Arab Environment in 10 Years
ARAB ENVIRONMENT IN 10 YEARS crowns a decade of the series of annual reports produced by the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) on the state of Arab environment. It tracks and analyzes changes focusing on policies and governance, including level of response and engagement in international environmental treaties. It also highlights developments in six selected priority areas, namely water, energy, air, food, green economy and environmental scientific research.
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