Researchers‏

Elie Al Hindy

Elie Al-Hindy is an associate professor in the Faculty of Law and Political Science, at Notre Dame University – Louaize, Lebanon (NDU), and served previously as the Chairperson of the department of Government and International Relations (2011-2015). He earned his PhD (2009) in Government and International Relations from the University of Sydney – Australia on the topic of “The Right of Self Determination for Minorities: An Arab Perspective”. He has an MBA in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the NDU with a thesis on “The Holy See Diplomacy in Lebanon: Challenges and Endurance”. He has two bachelor degrees in Political and Administrative Sciences from the Lebanese University (2000) and in International Affairs and Diplomacy from NDU (1998). Dr. Al Hindy’s previous work experience include the International Management and Training Institute (a division of the YMCA) in BUNIAN: a project on “Good Governance and Participation in Public Issues” (2002-2004); tutoring (2005-2009) in the University of Sydney and Macquarie University. Dr. Al-Hindy is an active member, trainer and consultant in many civil society organizations in Lebanon and Australia. He has been also a human rights advocate for more than 15 years. Current and future research interests of Dr. Al Hindy include: Minorities, Consociational Democracy, Lebanese & Middle Eastern Studies, Electoral Engineering, Human Rights, Youth Participation, Religion and Politics, and Peace Education.

Charbel Al Alam

Charbel Al Alam is a fellow researcher in MEIRSS, his works focuses on the Syria crisis. He earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree (DPT) at Saint Joseph University Beirut (2016). He holds a Master degree in physical therapy (of the physical activities and sport) from the Saint Joseph University Beirut (2013), and a degree in physical therapy from the Lebanese University (2001).

Jasmin Lilian Diab

Ms. Diab holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Diplomacy, an M.A. in International Law from Notre Dame University-Louaize in Lebanon, and is currently pursuing a Master of Advanced Study at Saint Joseph University of Beirut in Democracy and Human Rights. The positions she holds include: Office Manager, Junior Researcher and Project Coordinator at the Lebanese Emigration Research Center at the Faculty of Law and Political Science at NDU, Operations Manager and Youth Coordinator at the Lebanon Dialogue Initiative, as well as Research Assistant and Assistant Project Manager at the Lebanese Development Network. She is a former Direct Dialogue Team Leader at Greenpeace International, and is currently a Research Affiliate at the Middle East Institute for Research and Strategic Studies focusing on migration, gender and politics, as well as international relations/law in general. She is currently appointed a Global Youth Ambassador for A World at School, a global Theirworld Initiative for the years 2017-2020 as well as the Head of Think Tank of the Global Arts and Politics Alliance based in Austria.

Jimmy Matar

Jimmy Matar earned a BA in International Affairs and Diplomacy at Notre Dame University Louaize. His work focuses on Islamism in general, and jihadist groups in particular; in addition to their direct role in the Middle East. He is a fellow researcher in the office of Islamists in the Middle East Institute for Research and Strategic Studies (MEIRSS) based in Lebanon. Furthermore, he is active in several NGOs focusing on Human Rights and interreligious dialogue.

Joe Hammoura

Joe Hammoura is a specialist in Middle Eastern and Turkish affairs and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in International Relations at Kocaeli University in Turkey. He holds a Masters in International Relations with Honors from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik – Lebanon (2015), and a BA in Political and Administrative Sciences from the Lebanese University (2008). His work focuses on the internal Turkish policies, foreign affairs and its direct and indirect implications on the Middle East. He is a fellow researcher in Turkish Affairs in the Middle East Institute for Research and Strategic Studies (MEIRSS) based in Lebanon. Additionally he writes in different magazines, newspapers and websites about Middle Eastern affairs.

Ramy Jabbour

Ramy Jabbour developed an early interest in politics and international relations. He joined Notre Dame University- Louaize in 2010 where he received a degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy with several distinctions and currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Political Science. He has previously worked as an assistant consultant at Macarlea advisory group: a communication and risk consultancy and a project officer at Statistics Lebanon. He is an administrative officer and a researcher at the Middle East Institute for Research and Strategic Studies. His research focuses on Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Gulf politics