For years, Lebanon was the sole exception to the “stability” that seemed to characterize its Middle Eastern neighbors. Since years, however, that is certainly no longer the case. In light of the developments that began to unfold in 2011, the need to refine and elaborate on a viable “memory process” capable of considering the various historical, political and social parameters is no longer a luxury the Lebanese might choose to accept. In reality, that endeavor can evolve into an essential template for use by Lebanon’s neighbors, which must ultimately face their respective postwar eras….
In that vein, UMAM D&R aims to document, examine and debate Lebanon’s conflict-rich legacy and memories while serving as a platform for public access to, and exchanges about these issues.
While UMAM D&R made the conscious decision to abstain from setting lofty and idealist goals (such as peace building and achieving reconciliation), it believes that the work it does is instrumental in facilitating the achievement of such goals. After all, unless concepts such as historical and political self-analysis, understanding the formulation of national and communal identities and acknowledging and recognizing responsibility and blame (vis-à-vis Lebanon’s political and sociocultural practices) are recognized and discussed, there can be no hope of surmounting the challenges of the past and present—to say nothing of the future….