Focused Discussions

Through its Focused Discussions, CIRS provides an intellectual forum for academics, diplomats, and opinion-leaders to engage with both students and the public on a particular topic of interest.

Past Events

Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:45 PM - 01:45 PM
On June 5, 2017, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, imposed a blockade, and immediately moved to close off access to Qatar, with an embargo on air, sea, and...
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:45 PM - 01:45 PM
On March 28, 2018, George Osborne , former British Conservative Party politician and current editor of the London Evening Standard , was invited by CIRS to deliver a Focused Discussion in which he...
Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:45 PM - 01:45 PM
The Center for International and Regional Studies invited GU-Q student Emma Mogensen (class of 2018) to present her senior thesis, “Refusing the Uniform: Immigrant and Ethnic Minority Women’s...
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:45 PM - 01:45 PM
The International Criminal Court (ICC) was established in 1998 to ensure that war crimes and crimes against humanity do not go unpunished. Although governments usually have capable systems to enforce...
Thu Feb 22, 2018 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
In February, 2018, CIRS convened a one-day roundtable meeting to bring together scholars, scientists, experts, and business practitioners with extensive experience on science and scientific...
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:45 PM - 01:45 PM
On January 10, 2018, CIRS screened There Be Dragons , a short experimental film by Suzi Mirgani, Managing Editor at CIRS. The film premiered at the Doha Film Institute’s Ajyal Youth Film Festival on...
Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:45 PM - 01:45 PM
The education achievement gap between ethnic minorities and majority populations is persistent and even widening in the United States and Europe, according to Mongoljin Batsaikhan, Assistant...
Wed Nov 8, 2017 12:45 PM - 01:45 PM
In an October 13, 2017 speech, US President Donald Trump rejected the 2015 Iran nuclear deal—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—the arrangement made between Iran and the five permanent members of...
Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:45 PM - 01:45 PM
The Arab world today is experiencing “its second great fragmentation and reconfiguration of the past century,” according to respected journalist and Middle East analyst Rami G. Khouri. Acknowledging...
Mon Oct 9, 2017 12:45 PM - 01:45 PM
On October 9, 2017, Waleed Zahoor, Publications Intern at Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS), and a senior student at Georgetown University in Qatar, was invited to hold a rabab...