About The Fares Center

The Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies seeks to create an academic environment for the promotion of greater understanding of the rich heritage of the Eastern Mediterranean and of the significant challenges that this region faces in the twenty-first century. The Center acts as a major focus for cross-regional and cross-cultural analysis, providing a forum for the articulation of a rich diversity of viewpoints and encouraging the consideration of policy issues from an international perspective. Lying at the interface between the academic, policy and business communities, the Center is in a unique position to sponsor academic symposia, conferences, and seminars to promote accurate analysis and interdisciplinary discussions.



Nadim Shehadi is director of the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He is also an associate fellow of Chatham House in London. Nadim was a senior member of St Antony's College Oxford where he was director of the Centre for Lebanese Studies from 1986 to 2005. In 2010 he was a visiting fellow at the Aspen Institute in Washington DC and in the summer semester of 2012 he was a visiting scholar at Tufts University. He is a member of the executive board of the Centro de Estudios de Oriente Medio of the Fundacion Promocion Social de la Cultura in Madrid. He also serves as a consultant to several governments and international organizations. Mr. Shehadi trained as an economist with an interest in the history of economic thought. He has produced several publications and contributes regularly to media coverage of Middle Eastern affairs.


Assistant Director for Business Studies

Ibrahim Warde is Adjunct Professor of International Business at the Fletcher School and serves as the Assistant Director for Business Studies at the Fares Center. He is Carnegie scholar working on informal and underground finance in the Islamic world. His books include The Price of Fear: The Truth Behind the Financial Wa r on Terror, which has been translated into French, Italian, Japanese, and Czech, and was selected by F o reign Affairs as one of the best books of the year about economic, social, and environmental issues, and Islamic Finance in the Global Economy, now in its second edition. He holds a B.A. from Université Saint Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon, an M.B.A. from France’s Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, and an M.A. and a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.


Founding Director

Leila Fawaz was the founding Director of the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Tufts University. She holds a dual appointment as Professor of Diplomacy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Professor of History at Tufts University. Fawaz is a past President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and of the Alumni Association in North America of the American University of Beirut.  From 1990 to 1994 she served as Editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies. Currently she is an Overseer at Harvard University, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Comité Scientifique of the Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme at the Université de Provence.

Fawaz received a B.A. and M.A. in history from the American University of Beirut (in 1967 and 1968, respectively), and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University in 1979. Her research interests include the social and political history of the modern Middle East, focusing on the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire. Her publications include Merchants and Migrants in Nineteenth-Century Beirut (1983); An Occasion for War: Ethnic Conflict in Mount Lebanon and Damascus in 1860 (1994); Modernity and Culture: From the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean (co-editor, 2002); A Land of Aching Hearts: The Middle East in the Great War (2014).