Talk entitled ‘Civil and uncivil violence in Lebanon: a discussion on political violence and post-war reconstruction and rehabilitation’. Samir Khalaf is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Behavioral Research at the American University of Beirut. Probably Lebanon’s best-known Sociologist, Professor Khalaf has also held academic appointments at Princeton, as a Fulbright Scholar and visiting Professor of Sociology as well as Harvard, MIT and New York University. He is the recipient of several international fellowships and research awards. He is the author of numerous books including most notably, Lebanon’s Predicament (Columbia 1987), Beirut Reclaimed, Reflections on Urban Design and the Restoration of Civility (An Nahar 1994), Cultural Resistance, Global and Local Encounters in the Middle East (Saqi Books 2001). His latest book, Civil and Uncivil Violence was published by Columbia University Press.