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Annual Report 2013-14CIRS Annual Report 2013-14
CIRS published its 2013-2014 Annual Report documenting all its activities and achievements over the past academic year. The Report includes summaries and full listings of all conferences, events, publications, and research initiatives undertaken as part of CIRS efforts to promote cross-cultural understanding and dialogue, encourage in-depth scholarship, and provide the forum for thought-provoking public lectures and events.


Newsletter 16, Spring 2014
This newsletter highlights all CIRS activities over the spring 2013-2014 period , including the latest research initiatives, publications, faculty research, as well as conference participation and exhibitions.



Implications of the 2011-13 Syrian Uprising for the Middle Eastern Regional Security Complex authored by Fred H. Lawson, focuses on the new configuration of the Middle Eastern regional security complex (RSC) in the context of the Arab uprisings of 2010-11. Foreign policies adopted between 2000 and 2010 by the Ba‘thi regime in Damascus, the leaderships of Hizbullah and HAMAS, and the Israeli government to parry overlapping threats created a patchwork of strategic rivalries and alignments. Unrest in Iraq and Egypt in early 2011, along with the outbreak of full-scale civil war in Syria later that same year, generated an even more intricate web of interstate security dynamics. The reconfigured RSC that emerged is only beginning to be explicated, and can best be addressed by tracing the connection between domestic political conflicts and shifts in external belligerence and alignment across the region.

This Summary Report details the CIRS research initiative on "Social Change in Post-Khomeini Iran" and critically examines some of the most important topics within contemporary Iran, focusing on its social, cultural, economic, and political domains. A few recent efforts have been undertaken by scholars to engage in in-depth research on domestic development within Iran. In line with this body of nascent scholarship, CIRS launched an empirically grounded research initiative aimed at studying the variety of changes and developments currently underway in Iranian society. Through this multi-disciplinary, empirically-based research initiative, our goal is to present a comprehensive study of contemporary Iranian society.

In Qatar: Small State, Big Politics (Cornell University Press, 2013), Mehran Kamrava, Director of CIRS, writes that the Persian Gulf state of Qatar has fewer than 2 million inhabitants, virtually no potable water, and has been an independent nation only since 1971. Yet its enormous oil and gas wealth has permitted the ruling al Thani family to exert a disproportionately large influence on regional and even international politics.