Research & Scholarship

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.

 

The Gulf Family

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.

 


The Changing Security Architecture of The Persian Gulf

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                 

 

 


Healthcare Policy and Politics in the Gulf States

CIRS launched a multi-disciplinary research initiative that explores the economic, political, and social implications of healthcare management in the region.

 


Social Currents in the Maghreb

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.

 


The Evolution of Gulf Global Cities

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.

 


Transitional Justice in the Middle East

This multi-disciplinary project examines unfolding experiences of transitional justice across the Middle East in the post-uprising era.

 


The State and Innovation in the Gulf

CIRS is undertaking a multi-year research initiative that explores questions related to the topic of innovation in the Gulf region.

 


Arab Migrant Communities in the GCC

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 .
 


Politics and the Media in the Post-Arab Spring Middle East

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.

 


Weak States in the Greater Middle East

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.

 


Social Change in Post-Khomeini Iran

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

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.

 


Sectarian Politics in the Gulf

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.
 


Food Security and Food Sovereignty in the Middle East

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.


Migrant Labor in the Gulf

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

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.

 


The Political Economy of the Gulf

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.