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 12, 2014 11:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Omran Al-Kuwari, co-founder and CEO of GreenGulf , delivered a CIRS Focused Discussion lecture on “The Paradox of Renewable Energy in Qatar” on February 12, 2014. The talk was centered on the drivers...
Mon Sep 30, 2013 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Luciano Zaccara, Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgetown University SFS-Qatar, delivered a ‎CIRS Focused Discussion on the topic, “Do Elections Matter? Reflections on the 2013 Iranian ‎...
Wed Jun 5, 2013 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
The Women’s Studies Circle made up of members from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar and Qatar University, led a Focused Discussion supported by CIRS on June 5, 2013. The...
Wed Apr 24, 2013 06:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Rogaia Abusharaf, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Georgetown University School of ‎Foreign Service in Qatar and CIRS Faculty Fellow 2012-2013, led a Focused Discussion on ‎‎“Debating Darfur in...
Mon Apr 1, 2013 06:00 PM - 06:00 PM
On Monday, April 1, 2013, CIRS hosted a talk by H. E. Bader Omar Al Dafa from ‎the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Al Dafa is a career diplomat, and served as ‎Qatar’s Ambassador to Egypt, the...
Sun Mar 10, 2013 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
CIRS hosted a Focused Discussion featuring the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dr. Zlatko Lagumdžija . The event included an in-depth discussion of...
Tue Feb 19, 2013 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Maha Al-Hendawi , the inaugural CIRS Qatar University Fellow for 2012-2013 and Assistant ‎Professor of Special Education in the College of Education at Qatar ‎University, delivered a ‎CIRSFocused...
Wed Feb 13, 2013 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
H.E. Munir Ghannam, Ambassador of Palestine in Qatar, delivered a Focused Discussion lecture ‎on February 13, 2013, on the topic of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Ambassador introduced ‎the...
Mon Oct 8, 2012 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Sir Tim Lankester, Chairman of the Council of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical ‎Medicine and Advisor on South East Asia to the consulting firm Oxford Analytica, delivered a ‎CIRS Focused...
Mon Mar 26, 2012 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
David Dyment , senior research associate at the Center on North American Politics and Society at Carleton University in Ottawa, gave a CIRS Focused Discussion on March 26, 2012, titled “A New...