The Center for International and Regional Studies publishes various types of research throughout the academic year, including:
- Occasional Papers
- Annual Reports
- Summary Reports
- Arabic Language Publications
CIRS Newsletter 14 was published in Spring 2013. The newsletter highlights new CIRS publications and research initiatives, faculty spotlight, and all events over the past few months.
This "Evolving Ruling Bargain in the Middle East" Summary Report details the CIRS research initiative on “The Evolving Ruling Bargain in the Middle East" to scrutinize the ways in which domestic political arrangements in the Middle East are evolving, and how the authoritarian bargains are being challenged. This project brings together a number of distinguished scholars to examine a variety of relevant topics and to contribute original chapters to the CIRS book titled, Beyond the Arab Spring: The Evolving Ruling Bargain in the Middle East.
Religious Democracy and Civilizational Politics: Comparing Political Islam and Political Catholicism is authored by Michael Driessen, CIRS Post-Doctoral Fellow 2011-2012 and Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at John Cabot University in Rome. The paper qualifies the historical, institutional, and theological similarities of political Islam and political Catholicism. It also considers how these religious legacies remain present in the transition to Christian or Muslim Democracies by exploring the rhetoric of Catholic civilization or Muslim civilization found in Pope Pius XII and Rachid Ghannouchi’s discourses on democracy.
In this "GCC States' Land Investments Abroad: The Case of Ethiopia" CIRS Summary Report, Benjamin Shepherd uses data generated from fieldwork in Ethiopia to evaluate the country as a potential long-term source of agricultural staples for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states as part of their national food security strategies. Part of the larger CIRS research initiative on "Food Security and Food Sovereignty in the Middle East," the report identifies the risks and well as the opportunities of investing in the agricultural sector of Ethiopia.
CIRS Newsletter 13 was published in Fall 2012. The newsletter announces new CIRS grant opportunities and highlights all the research efforts that CIRS has undertaken over the past semester.