The Center for International and Regional Studies publishes various types of research throughout the academic year, including:

Submissions: Please see submission guidelines. Papers should be sent to By submitting work to CIRS, the author agrees to the following Copyright Agreement.



Fragile Politics: Weak States in the Greater Middle East, CIRS Summary Report 11

This CIRS research initiative on weak states in the Middle East begins with a critical analysis of current definitions and terminology of weak and fragile states, scrutinizing the political implications of the prevailing discourse within the setting of the broader Middle East. The research also examines the domestic, regional, and global causes and consequences for the Middle East of the “fragility” of states stretching from Afghanistan and Pakistan in the east to Libya in the west. 

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.