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 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...
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...