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Former President of Lebanon Amine Gemayel at CWRU

Former President of Lebanon Amine Gemayel
Case Western Reserve University
October 7,2016

Amine Gemayel, President of Lebanon from 1982-1988, was the guest speaker at Case Western Reserve University on FRiday October 7, 2016. The event was sponsored by the CWRU Center for International Affairs, The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity, Cleveland Council for World Affairs and the Kataeb Chapter of Cleveland.

Tamara Gemayel of the Kataeb Chapter of Cleveland

Tamara Gemayel of the Kataeb Chapter of Cleveland


Amine Gemayel was elected to the presidency in September 1982, in place of his brother Bachir Gemayel who had been elected the previous but had been assassinated before taking office. His topic was: Managing the World Crisis of the Middle East: Imperatives and Alternatives. It was a discussion on why the Middle East has continued to struggle with war and is unable to find peace and sovereignty in their own countries.

David Fleshler, Vice-Provost of international affairs at The Center for International Affairs at Case Western Reserve University welcomed the crowd and told the President of the international accomplishments of CWRU.

David Fleshler

David Fleshler


He then introduced former President of Lebanon Amine Gemayel.

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Former President of Lebanon Amine Gemayel

Former President of Lebanon Amine Gemayel

In his presentation (video below) President Gemayel spoke about Syria, the refugee situation, Iran, Russia, the US, Isis and more.



Former President of Lebanon Amine Gemayel

Former President of Lebanon Amine Gemayel



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CWRU crowd for Former President of Lebanon Amine Gemayel

In the Q&A session, President Gemayel was asked about the situation in Syria including the No Fly Zone, Russia and the US and so on. He said the major powers were using the situation for their own interests.



David Fleshler and President Amine Gemayel

David Fleshler and President Amine Gemayel

He was asked next about the return of the presidency in Lebanon (and also about the US presidential elections) and said that Lebanon has been kidnapped.



Former President of Lebanon Amine Gemayel

Former President of Lebanon Amine Gemayel

Ramez Islambouli, a native of Lebanon and Arabic language professor at Case Western Reserve University, asked if he would support the election of a president of Lebanon even if not a Christian?



Next a student asked about the importance of arts and culture.



Another student asked about the possibility of Israel and the Arab world uniting to defeat Isis.

CWRU student asks President Gemayel a question

CWRU student asks President Gemayel a question



The last question was about the possibility of a future nation for the Kurdish people.



David Fleshler presents President Gemayel with a book

David Fleshler presents President Gemayel with a book

After the presentation a reception was held where people posed for photos with the President.

President Amine Gemayel and Tony Abdulkarim

President Amine Gemayel and Tony Abdulkarim


Posing with President Amine Gemayel


Posing with President Amine Gemayel


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