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 Apr 3, 2019 12:45 PM - 01:45 PM
Mohammed Al-Jaberi, a GU-Q senior majoring in Foreign Service and Arab Studies, and a CURA Publications Fellow, presented his research on “The Marib Puzzle: A Case of Stability and Economic Activity...
Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:45 PM - 01:45 PM
Alanoud Al-Maadid, Assistant Professor of Economics at Qatar University, examined how politics and economics are intertwined in the relationships of the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC...
Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:45 PM - 01:45 PM
Phoebe Musandu, professor of History at GU-Q and a scholar of African history, was invited to discuss her research on Kenyan newspapers in the colonial and post-colonial periods during a CIRS Focused...
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:45 PM - 01:45 PM
Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar is a Qatar-based novelist and community course instructor at VCUarts Qatar who writes on topics related to gender, race, and pedagogy. On February 13, 2019, she presented a...
Wed Feb 6, 2019 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Abdelwahab El-Affendi, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities and Professor of Politics at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, was invited by CIRS to discuss the current uprisings...
Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:45 PM - 01:45 PM
CIRS invited Richard L. Russell, professor at the National Defense University in Washington, DC, to deliver a talk titled “Taking Measure of American Foreign Policy” on January 27, 2019, in which he...
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:45 PM - 01:45 PM
On January 16, 2019, CIRS invited Middle East analyst Massaab Al-Aloosy to discuss his research on “Fundamentalist Metamorphosis: Hezbollah’s Ideological Evolution from Idealism to Pragmatism.”...
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...