Thursday, October 29, 2015

Lebanese officials are always calling the crisis du jour “existential,” yet Lebanon manages to endure. But the Syrian refugee crisis just might be existential. Lebanon’s interior minister said recently that Syrian nationals now constitute 29 percent-30 percent of Lebanon’s population. Imagine the refugee influx if Damascus and Homs implode! Since 17 years is the global average of displacement, Lebanon is rightly concerned about the refugees and the continuing burden on infrastructure, potential militarization and threat to the sectarian balance.



Monday, June 29, 2015

Ambassador Edward Gabriel brings years of leadership experience to his role at The Gabriel Company. He has an extensive background in international affairs, having convened multilateral policy forums on critical global concerns including international energy, counter-terrorism, and regional security, and has been involved in matters of Russian and European nuclear non-proliferation. During his tenure as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco from 1997-2001, Ambassador Gabriel focused on trade negotiations, bilateral educational and cultural exchange programs, increased security and military cooperation, as well as the strengthening of U.S.-Moroccan commercial relations. Most importantly, Ambassador Gabriel fostered the U.S. policy of North African political and commercial integration, using...

Friday, May 1, 2015

Mr. Tanous is Chairman of Lynx Investment Advisory, LLC. Mr. Tanous has spent his entire forty-year career in the field of finance and money management. Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Bank Audi (U.S.A.) in New York City. Prior to joining Bank Audi, he was Chairman of Petra Capital Corporation, an international investment bank which he co-founded. In prior years, Mr. Tanous was First Vice President and International Regional Director with Smith Barney. During his 15 years with the firm he was also manager of its Paris office and a Director and member of the Executive Committee of Smith Barney International.

Mr. Tanous is the author of Investment Gurus, (Prentice Hall/Simon & Schuster) a widely acclaimed book that explores the careers and theories of some of the greatest mone...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Best known as the author of The Exorcist, Academy Award winner William Peter Blatty was born to two Lebanese immigrants in Brooklyn, NY. Success did not come easy to Blatty, who as a young adult worked a myriad of jobs ranging from vacuum salesman to beer truck driver. He even found himself serving in Beirut as a member of the United States Information Agency until he decided to pursue his dream of acting, which ultimately lead him to his career as an author and filmmaker. Although he considers himself semi-retired Blatty continues to write, and in 2007 the American Task Force for Lebanon honored Blatty with a Lifetime Achievement Award.


My Academy Award acceptance speech was the shortest ever in Academy history. I thanked God, the Academy and my Lebanese immigrant mother who came to Ameri...

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