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 Nov 10, 2010 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Mehran Kamrava, Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies, gave a talk, entitled “Researching the Gulf: Thinking Outside the Box in Qatar”, at the American University of Beirut’s...
Mon Oct 25, 2010 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Barbara Stowasser, Director of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University, was invited to Doha to deliver aFocused Discussion on the subject of “Time Sticks" and concepts of...
Tue Oct 19, 2010 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
In light of the United States’ withdrawal of troops from Iraq, CIRS organized a panel discussion to analyze the political upheavals that have taken place in Iraq and to gauge the possible outcomes...
Wed Oct 6, 2010 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Birol Başkan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Government at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, delivered a Focused Discussion on the topic, “Turkey at the Crossroads: The...
Tue Aug 24, 2010 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, a prominent Muslim leader in the United States and Chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, visited Qatar during a trip to the region sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. He...
Thu May 13, 2010 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
On May 13, 2010, Fred Lawson, Professor of Government at Mills College and the 2009-2010 CIRS Senior Fellow, gave a CIRSFocused Discussion on the topic of “Alternative Explanations for U.S. Policy in...
Thu Mar 11, 2010 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
The Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University in Washington DC, Paula Newberg, gave a lunch lecture on March 11, 2010 titled "Reconciling Past and Future: Moving...
Wed Nov 11, 2009 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
On November 11, 2009, Justin Dargin, a Research Fellow with The Dubai Initiative at Harvard University and a Fulbright Scholar of the Middle East, was invited by CIRS to deliver a lecture on “Gulf...
Wed Nov 4, 2009 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Christian-Peter Hanelt, Senior Expert on Europe and the Middle East at the Bertelsmann Stiftung , was invited by CIRS to give a lunchtime Focused Discussion entitled “Europe and the Gulf Region:...
Sun Nov 1, 2009 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
On November 1, 2009, Mahmood Mamdani, Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, gave a lecture to Georgetown students, faculty, and staff. The event...