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Prof. Joseph Bahout
Position(s) Director, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut
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Joseph Bahout, born in 1963 in Beirut, Lebanon, earned a degree in Economics from the American University of Beirut (AUB), before studying International Relations at Sciences Po Paris and then acquiring a PhD in Political Science at the same institution. He has taught at Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut (1993-2004), and has been a researcher at the French Centre d’études et de recherches sur le Moyen-Orient contemporain (Beirut, 1993-2000). In parallel, he had several political and civil activities in Lebanon between 1993 and 2003. Joseph Bahout moved to Paris in 2005 where he is now a professor of Middle-Eastern Studies at Sciences Po Paris, a senior fellow at Académie diplomatique international. He also works as a Consultant for the Policy Planning Unit at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has published two books on Syria and on Lebanon, besides several articles and chapters on Middle-Eastern politics. He is currently achieving a book on Lebanon’s post-war period and the Lebanese-Syrian relations.