In light of the region’s economic and political challenges, ERF in cooperation with the Lebanese Center for Policy studies (LCPS) and Alexandria University, organized Seminars in four cities in the region for Harvard Professor James Robinson on his recent book “Why Nations Fail? The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty”. The seminars took place in Lebanon between January 14 and 16, in Cairo and Alexandria between January 20 to 22 and in Tunis from January 23 to 26. Written jointly with Daron Acemoglu, economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, this groundbreaking book attempts to answer the question that has kept experts guessing for enturies: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty? The Seminars featured the presentation of the book by James Robinson followed by discussions with experts and scholars, in addition to wide media coverage and press interviews.