Alberto Gimenez (Lebanon)


Alberto Gimenez (Lebanon)

Alberto is a student in the dual-degree program between Columbia College, where he focuses on Middle Eastern history, and Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where he studies international security policy and international conflict resolution. His study-abroad experience has been focused primarily in the Middle East, including a semester in Turkey and summer programs in Jordan, Oman, and Morocco. He considers his most meaningful experience to date to have been the three months that he spent in Nepal volunteering for an NGO to support post-earthquake reconstruction efforts. This summer he will be a graduate student intern with the Lebanese NGO Peace Labs, working on projects and activities supporting local peacebuilding and mediation efforts in North Lebanon. After spending 10 weeks with Peace Labs, Alberto returned with an understanding that, "Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding." -Albert Einstein.



10 Nov

Story of a peacemaker: Creativity at its best in local conflict conciliation

Despite the attention the recent influx of Syrian refugees receives in ‘Western’ media, many may be surprised to know that Lebanon, a small country (10,452 km2 [4,036 sq mi], smaller than the U.S. state of Connecticut) of around 6 million people (slightly larger than the population of the U.S. state of Maryland), hosts the second […]

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Posted Nov 10, 2017

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10 Nov

Story of a Peacemaker: How much can be swept under the rug?

Some conflicts are either too political or too complicated for outsiders (and maybe even insiders) to understand, and yet one is nevertheless expected to take a side. Although I studied Middle Eastern history in college, knowing that the Lebanese Civil War was so complex, and that I would never fully understand it, I chose to […]

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Posted Nov 10, 2017

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10 Nov

Peacebuilding stories from the field: Tripoli

When I heard that Peace Labs was implementing programs in northern Lebanon, naturally I did a search for YouTube videos about the area. One of the first that came up was a VICE News report about the conflict between Beb El Tebbeneh and Jabal Mohsen, two neighborhoods in the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon’s second […]

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Posted Nov 10, 2017

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19 Jul

Incubating Social Change in Tripoli

Peace Labs office in Tripoli In order to maintain a presence in, and demonstrate its commitment to, northern Lebanon, Peace Labs recently opened a new office in Tripoli. The office is housed in one of the apartments owned and operated by the SHIFT Social Innovation Hub, an organization co-founded by Bilal Al Ayoubi based in […]

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Posted Jul 19, 2017

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18 Jul

Story of a Peacemaker: Brokering Peace & Development

I first met Bilal on my second day interning at Peace Labs (third day in Lebanon) when I went with the director (JP) and another intern to meet him at a café in a nearby mall. He was fasting at the time (only a few days after the start of the holy month of Ramadan), […]

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Posted Jul 18, 2017

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30 Jun

Story of a Peacemaker: Reflections of a Middle Eastern Peacebuilder

How did someone who came of age at a time when his country was being torn apart by civil war, and who later majored in business and finance, become an accomplished professional peacebuilder working in places ranging from his home country of Lebanon to the Congo, Libya, and Iraq? Here are some excerpts (edited for […]

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Posted Jun 30, 2017

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15 Jun

Radicalization and Deradicalization in Lebanon

  As JP put it: “one of the major pillars that Peace Labs does is reflection, thinking, sharing, exchanging ideas.” Ramzi Merhej, co-founder and vice-president of Dialogue for Life and Reconciliation, now a student at Philipps University in Marburg, Germany, came to share his research on radicalization and deradicalization with a group of civil society […]

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Posted Jun 15, 2017

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09 Jun

Lost in Labnehland: Welcome on Board

    My desk at Peace Labs office in Beirut Above is a picture that JP, the founder and director of Peace Labs (PL), had sent me of the desk that was waiting for me at the Peace Labs office in Beirut. And now I’m already here, sitting at it and able to see the […]

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Posted Jun 09, 2017

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