CIRS News and Activities

Read about the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) activities, conference attendence, book exhibits, interviews, and regional and international media stories.

 

Read an interview with Mehran Kamrava, Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies, on
-"U.S. deliberately indecisive on Iraq: expert," Tehran Times, July 8, 2014.
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-"ISIS challenges centurial map of Middle East", June 17, 2014.
-"ISIS rises like al-Qaeda, Saudi trips on the same rake", June 16, 2014.

 


As part of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar’s efforts to foster academic and institutional linkages with organizations around the world, members of CIRS, SFS-Q faculty, and Georgetown University staff traveled to New Delhi, India, on May 13-17, 2014. 

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Sam BahourSam Bahour, Managing Partner at Applied Information Management (AIM), Director at the Arab Islamic Bank and a policy adviser to the Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network, delivered a CIRS Monthly Dialogue lecture on “New Paradigms for a Palestine in Perpetual Limbo,” on April 21, 2014.

 "Georgetown hosts Palestinian activist discussing a new path to peace at a public lecture," Al Bawaba, May 15, 2014.

 


Taking Stock and Moving Forward on Labor Recruitment in the Arab States, International Labour Organisation (ILO) MAGNET Research Meeting, April 29-30, 2014, Istanbul, Turkey, Zahra Babar, CIRS Associate Director for Research participated in a panel discussion.
- Zahra Babar interviewed in “Business Breakfast,” DubaiEye, February 23, 2014.

 


International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada, March 26-29, 2014

  • - Mehran Kamrava, Director of CIRS, chaired three panels focusing on the security implications of the Arab Spring, the Iranian nuclear program, and the international relations of Iran.
    - Suzi Mirgani, Manager and Editor of Publications at CIRS, presented a paper titled “Globalized Uprisings and Mediated Resistance: Digital Space and Unofficial Cultural Production.”

Roundtable on Labor Migration in Arab Gulf Countries, Qatar University, March 9-10, 2014, Doha, Qatar

- Zahra Babar, CIRS Associate Director for Research participated in a panel discussion.

 

 


Mehran Kamrava, Director of CIRS, gave a briefing titled, “Visions of Gulf Security” at the Visions of Gulf Security, Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS) Studies 25 — March 25, 2014, Venice, Italy.

 

 


“Gas and Alternative Fuels: Present and Future Shares and Challenges,” featured H.E. Dr. Seyed Mohammad Hossein Adeli, the Secretary General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF).

"Adeli calls for dialogue to promote clean fuel at GU-Q lecture," Qatar Tribune.

 

 


- World Food Security Summit, February 23-24, 2014, Dubai, Zahra Babar, CIRS Associate Director for Research, participated in a panel discussion titled, “Responding to Emergencies: Delivering the Food.”
- Zahra Babar interviewed in “World Food Security Summit begins in Dubai,” by Caline Malek, The National, February 22, 2014.
- Zahra Babar interviewed in “Food for Thought,” Gulf Business, April 9, 2014.
- Zahra Babar interviewed in “World Cup spotlight forces Qatar to reform despicable foreign worker system,” by Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, May 14, 2014.


Omran Al-Kuwari, co-founder and CEO of GreenGulf, delivered a CIRS Focused Discussion lecture on “The Paradox of Renewable Energy in Qatar” on February 12, 2014.

 

 


Read an interview with Zahra Babar, Associate Director of CIRS,
"Experts: Context lacking in understanding Indian death toll in Qatar," Doha News, February 19, 2014.

 

 

 


R. Seetharaman, Group Chief Executive Officer of Doha Bank‎, delivered a ‎CIRS ‎Monthly ‎Dialogue on “Sustainable Development for ‎Economies ‎and ‎Corporations”‎ ‎on January 20, 2014‎.

 


 

Mehran Kamrava, Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, spoke at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) at Georgetown University, about his recent book Qatar: Small State, Big Politics (Cornell, 2013).

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Zahra Babar, Associate Director for Research at CIRS delivered a CIRS Monthly Dialogue on "Arab Migrants in Qatar" on December 11, 2013. Read news about this event:


An interview with Mehran Kamrava, Director of CIRS, on NPR's "How Tiny Qatar 'Punches Above Its Weight'" by Robert Siegel, December 23, 2013.

 

 

 

 


“Saudi Arabia, which for the past 35 years had capitalized on U.S.-Iranian tensions, is now worried about being abandoned” but this fear is “unrealistic”, Mehran Kamrava, a professor and the director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar, tells the Tehran Times. Mehran Kamrava interviewed in “Saudi fear of a decrease in U.S.-Iran tension unrealistic: Georgetown professor,” by Javad Heiraninia, Tehran Times, December 15, 2013.

 

 


Read an interview with Mehran Kamrava, Director of Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS). "Tehran, Washington DC display political will to stop tensions despite skepticism of the Gulf states - expert," Voice of Russia, December 11, 2013.

 

 

 


Mehran Kamrava, Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS), talks about his book Qatar: Small State, Big Politics (Cornell University Press, 2013) and the outsized influence of Qatar in world. The book talk was aired on C-SPAN on December 8, 2013.

 

 

 

 


Law and Citizenship in the Gulf RoundtableChatham House Middle East and North Africa Programme in partnership with Qatar University, December 2-3, 2013, Doha, Qatar

- Zahra Babar, CIRS Associate Director for Research, participated in a panel discussion.

 

 


"Bahrain’s Fractured Ruling Bargain: Political Mobilization, Regime Responses, and the New Sectarianism" by Quinn Mecham featured on the ISN Network. This is part of a larger CIRS study on "The Evolving Ruling Bargain in the Middle East."

 

 

 


CIRS Director Mehran Kamrava comments on the Iranian nuclear deal. "Hardliners hold fire on Iran nuclear deal, but for how long?" by Marcus George, Reuters, Wednesday, November 27, 2013.

 

 

 


Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum, November 24-25, 2013, Doha, Qatar. Members of CIRS attended the conference and CIRS held an exhibition booth at the Research Forum to exhibit publications and research materials.

 

 

 


Read an article by Matt Buehler, Post-Doctoral Fellow at CIRS and Assistant Professor in the department of political science at the University of Tennessee.

"Mauritania Votes," by Matt Buehler, Foreign Policy, November 21, 2013.

 

 


"Qatar's Big Ambitions: An Interview with Dr. Mehran Kamrava," Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

Mehran Kamrava was interviewed by Ian Philbrick and Henry Shepherd on October 24, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

 

 


In an online interview with World Politics Review, Zahra Babar, Assistant Director for Research at CIRS, explains efforts to address the conditions of migrant workers in the Persian Gulf states.

"Global Insider: Gulf States Lack Adequate Protective Legislation for Migrant Workers," World Politics Review, November 7, 2013.

 


Suzi Mirgani, Manager and Editor for CIRS Publications, has been awarded a research grant to act as mentor for a Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) project titled, "Advancing Financial Education for Transnational Families."

The project develops a structured financial education curriculum for migrant workers and their households. Read more.

 


CIRS members traveled to the 2013 Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mehran Kamrava, Zahra Babar, and Dwaa Osman delivered paper on various topics related to the Middle East. Additionally, CIRS held an exhibition booth at the Book Bazaar where CIRS staff met with conference participants and other interested scholars to discuss ongoing and future research initiatives related to the Gulf region and the Middle East.

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Abdullah Al-Arian, Assistant Professor of History at the Georgetown University School of ‎Foreign Service in Qatar, delivered a CIRS Monthly Dialogue lecture titled “From Revolution to ‎Coup: Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood” on October 7, 2013. ‎

"New Form of Islamism Likely in Egypt," The Peninsula, Monday, October 14, 2013.

 

 


EU-GCC Regional Security Cooperation - Lessons Learned & Future Challenges, Sharaka Security Conference in Cooperation with Qatar University, October 28-29, 2013, Doha, Qatar
- Mehran Kamrava, Director of CIRS and Zahra Babar, Assistant Director for Research at CIRS, chair panels on “Food and Energy Security.”

 


Conference on  “God’s Century: Assessing The Clash of Secular and Religious Trends in the Middle East and North Africa,” Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Georgetown University, October 24-25, 2013, Washington DC

- Mehran Kamrava, Director of CIRS, delivered a paper titled, “The Arab Spring and the Question of Nationalism.”
- Zahra Babar, Associate Director of Research at CIRS, presented a paper on “Citizenship and Population Dynamics in the State of Qatar: Current Practices, Future Trends.” 


Mehran Kamrava, Director of CIRS, announces the publication of his new book Qatar: Small State, Big Politics (Cornell University Press, 2013) at a book launch hosted at the Georgetown University in Qatar Campus.

Read more: "New Book Examines Qatar’s Key Role," The Peninsula, September 24, 2013.

 

 


Migrant Labor in the Persian Gulf
Edited by Mehran Kamrava and Zahra Babar

Read a Book Review by Lily Smith, Global Policy, September 20, 2013

 

 

 


Director of CIRS, Mehran Kamrava, speaks to Reuters about Iran's nuclear stance in "Hailing 'flexibility', Iran leader commends new nuclear gambit." Article by William Maclean and Marcus George, Reuters, September 18, 2013. 

 

 

 


"Syrian army has stayed largely loyal to Assad: Georgetown University professor," Tehran Times interview with Mehran Kamrava, Director of CIRS. Kamrava was interviewed by Javad Heiraninia, September 3, 2013.

 

 

 


Read an interview with Dr. Mehran Kamrava, Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. 

 

 


Mehran Kamrava, Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS), discusses political Islam and Oman's Sultan Qaboos visit to Tehran.

 

 


Read a review of the CIRS edited volume The Nuclear Question in the Middle East (2012, Hurst/Oxford University Press) edited by Mehran Kamrava.

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Read an article by Mehran Kamrava, Director of CIRS, on the power transfer in Qatar from Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani to his son and heir apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani:

"Continuity Amid Change in QatarChicago Tribune, July 5, 2013

 

 

 


"Need for a Rethink on the Iran Narrative" by Mehran Kamrava, Director of CIRS

Gulf News, June 27, 2013

In a post-Ahmadinejad scenario, it is important to question the efficacy of the policy of sanctions followed by the US and its allies in dealing with Tehran’s hegemonic designs

 


Read an article by Mehran Kamrava, Director of CIRS, on the unrest in Turkey:

 

 


Read an interview with Zahra Babar, Assistant Director for Research at CIRS.

The National

May 16, 2013

 


 

 


 

 


Zahra Babar, Assistant Director of Research at CIRS on food security in the GCC.

Read the full article, "To Feed Tomorrow's GCC, Leaders Must Make Plans Today," The National, March 4, 2013.

 

 

 


In "Qatar: Making the Desert Bloom:" Watch Zahra Babar, Assistant Director of Research at CIRS, discussing issues related to Food Security in the Gulf on France 24 TV.


The Centre for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q) has awarded a CIRS Fellowship to Dr Maha Al-Hendawi, assistant professor of special education at Qatar University’s
College of Education.

 


In collaboration with partner organizations, Qatar’s National Food Security Program hosted the ‎‎“International Conference on Food Security in Dry Lands” in Doha on November 14th and 15th, ‎‎2012. The Center for ‎International and Regional Studies led a panel discussion titled “Causes and Consequences of ‎Food Insecurity in the Middle East.”

 


Read the "Sudan and the Arab Spring" article by Dwaa Osman, CIRS Research Analyst. Osman writes about how Sudan’s dwindling oil revenues may loosen the ruling party’s grip on state institutions and render it a matter of time before the scale tips in favor of the protestors.

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The Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS), Mehran Kamrava, delivered a paper at the "Arab-Iranian Relations in the Gulf" symposium that took place the the W Hotel in Doha on December 2-3, 2012.

 

 

 


Mehran Kamrava, Director of CIRS, speaks at a conference on "Democracy and Security in the Middle East - How are Germany and the EU Responding to the Upheavals in the Arab World?", which was held in Berlin on November 8 and 9, 2012.

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CIRS participates in the 2012 annual Middle East ‎Studies Association (MESA) Conference held in Denver, Colorado, November 17 – 20, 2012. In ‎addition to having a booth for CIRS publications at the book bazaar, Mehran Kamrava (Director ‎of CIRS) and Zahra Babar (Assistant Director for Research at CIRS) presented papers at MESA ‎panel discussions.


The Center for International and Regional Studies took part in Qatar Foundation’s Annual ‎Research Forum on October 21-23, 2012, at the Qatar National Convention Centre.

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The Gulf Monarchies and Climate Change: Abu Dhabi and Qatar in an Era of Natural Unsustainability (Hurst, 2013)

Mari Luomi reveals how Abu Dhabi and Qatar have responded to these new natural re- source-related pressures, particularly climate change, and how their responses are inextricably linked with elite legitimacy strategies and the "natural unsustainability" of their political economies.

 


Mehran Kamrava, Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) gives an interview for the Khabar Online news service.

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Book Review: The Nuclear Question in the Middle East by Paul Muir

November 10, 2012
The National 

The review states that the book "provides an interesting source book for the curious and, as a work of academic research, each essay emerges as both in-depth and insightful." Read More.

 


Zahra Babar, Assistant Director for Research at CIRS writes on "The Arab Spring: 18 Months Later." The Arab uprisings, which commenced in December 2010, continue to be an unfolding story, where outcomes are still fluid, and where each day brings to light new twists and turns to the tale, intriguing scholars and laymen alike.

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On October 4-5, 2012 CIRS participates in a conference jointly convened by ‎Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service ‎in Qatar, and the Peking University School of Foreign Languages. Read more about the conference here.

 

 


"Middle East’s Changing Geopolitics:" A speech made by Dr. Mehran Kamrava, Director of CIRS and professor at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, at the 6th annual conference of Iran’s Political Science Association.

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On October 4, 2012, Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of International Migration ‎‎(ISIM) hosted a book launch for the CIRS edited volume on Migrant Labor in the Persian Gulf. ‎

Read about the event here.

 

 

 


Mehran Kamrava, Director of CIRS, speaks at the American University of Beirut Symposium on "Arab Uprisings: Critically Assessing the Changing Landscape of Power and Players" on May 31st-June1st, 2012, organized by the American University of Beirut.


Zahra Babar, Assistant Director for Research at CIRS talks to Al Jazeera about her research on migrant labor in Qatar.

Watch a video on "The Plight of Qatar's Migrant Workers"

 


In this interview with CIRS Director Mehran Kamrava, the British Council asks him "Is the source of most conflict in the Middle East religious or political?" Listen to Dr. Kamrava's answer to the question.

 


In this interview with CIRS Director Mehran Kamrava, the British Council asks him "How is Islam represented in the visual arts and architecture?" Listen to Dr. Kamrava's answer to the question.