The Beirut Security Studies Collective
The Beirut School of critical security studies evolved as a transnational process with several networks connected through the Eastern Mediterranean city of Beirut. The project is brought together and supported by the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS), a regional, independent, non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening social science research and knowledge production in the Arab world. The project seeks to expand and connect to centers of knowledge production across the region and beyond. Its foundation draws primarily on the work of Arab and non-Arab scholars based in Beirut, affiliated with institutions including the American University of Beirut, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), as well as Arab and non-Arab scholars who have worked on questions of security in Lebanon. These scholars share in common encounters with the lived experiences of insecurity and precarity in Lebanon, the complex dynamics of contentious politics within a pluralistic political environment, and an interest in engaging in scholarly knowledge production across North American, European, and Arab spheres and institutions. From this core, the project has expanded to include scholars from or working across the region with similar concerns about developing a critical approach to security studies.