Darine El Hage is a regional program officer in USIP’s Center for Middle East and Africa based in Beirut, Lebanon. El Hage trains, mentors, and advises on organizational development, international human rights, refugee protection, humanitarian law, and NGO capacity-building related themes. Prior to joining USIP, El Hage was working for the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) on its New Tactics in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) Initiative, a capacity-building program for local human rights organizations in Egypt and Tunisia in human rights advocacy. There, she developed a monitoring and evaluation report for CVT’s  programming in MENA. From 2010 to 2012, El Hage was the executive director of Alef-Act for Human Rights, an NGO based in Lebanon focused on monitoring and advocacy of human rights violations and youth peacebuilding. She still serves as a board member of Alef-Act.

El Hage has worked with several human rights organization in the Middle East and North Africa and international organizations on issues such as internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees in Iraq. El Hage was also seconded to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Iraq by the Norwegian Refugee Council.

Her academic qualifications include a B.A. in law, Master’s in Diplomacy and Strategic Negotiations and a LLM in Human Rights Law from the London School of Economics and Politics.

Publications By Darine

Libya’s Next Elections: A Step Forward or a Step Back?

Libya’s Next Elections: A Step Forward or a Step Back?

Friday, August 17, 2018

By: Alexander A. Decina ; Darine El Hage; Nathaniel L. Wilson

Since the uprisings in Libya began in February 2011, the country has seen considerable and almost constant upheaval. International players have tried to facilitate a transition to democracy, but success has been fleeting. Now, in the midst of political division and internal conflict, Libyans are attempting to hold presidential...

Electoral Violence; Democracy & Governance

In Libya, Hope Springs from Youth and Local Communities

In Libya, Hope Springs from Youth and Local Communities

Monday, May 14, 2018

By: Darine El Hage

More than two years after the United Nations began leading an internationally backed peace process for Libya, that effort faces severe challenges. Rival Libyan regimes still claim national authority, and battles among hundreds of militia groups continue. Amid the turmoil, however, young Libyans are leading peacebuilding efforts in their local communities.

Youth; Reconciliation

Will Tunisia's First Local Elections Advance its Democracy?

Will Tunisia's First Local Elections Advance its Democracy?

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

By: Darine El Hage; USIP Staff

It has been over seven years since Mohamed Bouazizi’s protest sparked an uprising that led to the overthrow of longtime Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and spread throughout the Middle East. While the promise of the early days of the Arab uprising has evaporated throughout much of the region, Tunisia has continued its democratic transition in the face of economic and security challenges.

Democracy & Governance

Libya’s New Plan for a Constitution: Can It Overcome the Chaos?

Libya’s New Plan for a Constitution: Can It Overcome the Chaos?

Friday, February 14, 2014

By: Darine El-Hage ; Darine El Hage

After months of political deadlock among the key parties of Libya's interim General National Congress (GNC), its members on Feb. 4 approved a new plan for electing a constitution-drafting committee and setting deadlines and election dates, including a nationwide vote later this week. But can the temporary parliament and interim Prime Minister Ali Zeidan control the country's chaos enough to advance the transition in Libya?

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