The Lebanese Institute for Market Studies is a young and energetic think tank in the Middle East. The project for which NFS gave them funding is called soukhor.com. Souk Hor is an Arabic expression that means “free market” and the purpose of the project is to build the first Online Arabic Educational Free Market Platform.
It is primarily destined for staff and activists of political parties. They will be exposed to classical liberal ideas and free market economic policies on a wide array of topics. However any Arabic speaking intellectual, opinion leader, student or engaged citizen can use the platform to acquire a much needed knowledge in this part of the world.
Today Arab citizens are caught between the knives of radical groups and the boots of autocratic regimes. People desperate with Arab authoritarian regimes are pushed into the hands of radical Islamist groups and those suffering from radical Islamism are praying for the return of authoritarian regimes.
Our objective is to prepare a new generation of Arabs capable of taking their countries in a laisser-faire direction.
Discussions about a market economy in Beirut