Arab Studies Institute  – Research and Education Methodologies (ASI-REM)

The Arab Studies Institute – Research and Education Methodologies (ASI-REM) is an independent, non-profit research and pedagogical organisation based in Beirut, Lebanon. It seeks to promote the production and dissemination of knowledge in and about the Middle East based on an extensive network of expertise spanning the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. The breadth and depth of its resources allows ASI-REM to be on the cutting edge of pedagogical projects. As a non-profit organization, ASI-REM seeks to promote the following values as strategic objectives:

  • Stimulate new approaches to pedagogy and research.
  • Provide a framework where participants are part-owners of the project.
  • Develop a critical vision that aims at interrogating failed approaches in the fields of pedagogy and research.
  • Connect and network with like-minded organizations and groups.
  • Draw on existing capacities and networks our sister organizations have developed, particularly ASI-DC (the publisher of Jadaliyya).


ASI-REM partners with and/or consults for public and private organizations in networks and projects that contribute to its mission. It has an organic relationship with the American University of Beirut, George Mason University, Georgetown University, and various other institutions in the region and beyond. It is presently extending its collaborative agreements to include civil society organizations, media organizations, and research institutes.

Team Members

Mouin Rabbani
Mouin Rabbani
Mourn Rabbani, ASI-REM board member, is an independent researcher and analyst specializing in the contemporary Middle East based in Amman, Jordan.
He has previously served as Principal Political Affairs Officer with the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Head of Middle East with Crisis Management Initiative/Marti Ahtisaari Centre, and Senior Middle East Analyst with the International Crisis Group.
He is a Co-Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine, Contributing Editor of Middle East Report, Senior Fellow with the Institute for Palestine Studies, Associate Fellow of the European Council on Foreign Relations, and Policy Advisor to Al-Shabaka – The Palestinian Policy Network. He has published and commented widely on Middle East issues, including for most major global media.
Hala Ghosheh
Hala Ghosheh
Hala Ghosheh is a freelance consultant. She holds a Masters of Research (MRes) in Organizational behavior and management from University of London and a BSc in Social Policy and Administration from London School of Economics. She is specialized in gender equality and sustainable development. During her 25 years of experience she worked with National and International organizations on policy, institutional and local community levels in Jordan and the Middle East region. Her latest appointments were as the Director for a Gender Social Fund (CIDA) and the Gender Advisor for Iraq – UN Women. She also served as a Member of local and international technical review committees (including UN Gender Equality Fund), award and scholarship committees, national planning committees and local organizational boards and councils.
Max Ajl
Max Ajl
Max Ajl is a doctoral student in development sociology at Cornell University. He is studying shifts in Tunisian state agricultural development policy during the post-Independence era. His scholarly writing has been published in Middle East Report, Historical Materialism, and the Journal of Peasant Studies. He is an editor of Jadaliyya’s Palestine page, and a long-time activist in the Palestine solidarity movement, including in the student movement at the campus and national level.