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Episode 4: Media and the World Cup
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Episode 3: Domestic Football Development in Qatar
Economic Migration to the United States
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James Dorsey
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New CIRS Web-based Research Initiative

Our Location

Center for International & Regional Studies

Education City,
P.O. Box 23689
Doha, Qatar
Phone: +974 4457 8400
Fax: +974 4457 8401

Thematic Research Clusters

Regional Studies

Regional Studies Since its establishment in 2005, CIRS has sought to enhance knowledge production and to provide original, interdisciplinary analyses of the Gulf and the Middle East. This region’s geopolitics continue to unfold at remarkable speed, with ruptures in traditional regional and international alliances and the emergence of new political arrangements, and this remains a focal point of interest for CIRS research. Through this thematic focus, CIRS also considers a range of research efforts that provide deeper insights on historical, social, economic, and cultural developments in the region.

Environmental Studies 

environmentBuilding on CIRS’s previous record of research and scholarship on the topic, the thematic focus on Environmental Justice continues to address central questions related to climate change, the politics of natural resources, food security, water conflict, and other issues of environmental concern. Through this thematic focus, CIRS considers projects that examine the Middle East in comparison to other regions, or that pursue cross-national understandings of environmental issues. In addition to the production of rigorous research on these topics, CIRS seeks to translate this knowledge into practice through targeted outreach to communities and organizations that support a safer and sustainable future for all.

Race & Society 

RaceCritically important for geopolitics, there is a range of social undercurrents and phenomena that require in-depth examination. Additionally, CIRS aims to enhance our understanding of race, ethnicity, religion, and cultural and national identity and belonging in multiple global contexts and geographies, including the Middle East. Through this thematic focus on Race and Society, CIRS supports original research production on diverse topics such as citizenship, migration, labor and employment, the family, education, technology and communication, as well as arts and cultural production.