The Center for International and Regional Studies sponsors major studies of regional and international significance, including research initiatives in the areas of international relations, political economy, and domestic politics of the Gulf. CIRS regularly identifies emerging socio-economic and political trends in the region, and develops research initiatives in areas which require further focused scholarship.
This research initiative will explore access to the digital realm in the Middle East, how the internet and digital ICTs are being utilized by various actors, the materiality and context in which they are being used, and how these instruments can be used for individual, local, national, and global social, economic, and political transformations.
The purpose of this CIRS research initiative is to better understand how structural and ideational forces of change have been reflected in the everyday lives of Gulf families. Research funding is available for this project. Read more about research grants here.
This CIRS project will scrutinize the ways in which domestic security threats in the region are evolving, and how newer challenges related to human security are being reinforced by—and in some ways actually replacing—military threats emanating from regional and outside actors.
World Regions: The Middle Eastern Pivot
Co-Sponsored with the Stony Brook Institute for Global Studies
CIRS launched a multi-disciplinary research initiative that explores the economic, political, and social implications of healthcare management in the region.
This research initiative investigates variations in social movement mobilization in the five countries of the Maghreb before, during, and after the Arab Spring. It also examines contemporary social and cultural trends present throughout society.
This research initiative examines dynamics of urban configurations in the Gulf region (the GCC, Iraq and Iran) in order to understand the city as a political, cultural and social space.
This multi-disciplinary project examines unfolding experiences of transitional justice across the Middle East in the post-uprising era.
CIRS is undertaking a multi-year research initiative that explores questions related to the topic of innovation in the Gulf region.
The Arab migrant communities present in the Gulf have been a neglected area and merit further scholarly discussion and focus. In line with this, CIRS launched a multi-disciplinary research initiative that explores questions related to the topic .
The Politics and the Media in the Post-Arab Spring Middle East research project explores the role of traditional and new media across the Middle East before, during, and after the events of the Arab Spring.
The Weak States in the Greater Middle East project examines the causes and consequences of the fragility of states from Afghanistan and Pakistan in the east to Sudan and Libya in the west.
The Social Change in Post-Khomeini Iran research initiative examines some of the most important topics within contemporary Iran, focusing on its social, cultural, economic, and political domains.
The Evolving Ruling Bargain in the Middle East project will 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 renowned group of scholars to examine the issues of religious, communal, and ethnic identities in the Gulf, and how these impose themselves on both the domestic and international politics of the Gulf.
The Food Security and Food Sovereignty in the Middle East research initiative is comprised of original, empirically-grounded investigations that collectively offer the most comprehensive study available to date on food security in the Middle East.
The Migrant Labor in the Persian Gulf research initiative examines the multiple causes, processes, and consequences of labor migration in this region from the disciplinary perspectives of sociology, anthropology, political science, and economics.
The Nuclear Question in the Middle East research initiative looks into nuclear proliferation concerns associated with ambitious goals to introduce nuclear power in the Gulf states.
Under The Political Economy of the Gulf project, scholars examined topics such as the role of sovereign wealth funds; the rise and fall of the "Dubai model"; regional patterns of economic development; and other similar topics.