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

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...
Sun Oct 25, 2009 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Mehran Kamrava, CIRS Director and Interim Dean of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, lectured to a group of French scholars from the HEC on the Geopolitics of the Gulf...
Sun Jun 14, 2009 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
CIRS hosted a discussion on the Iranian presidential elections on June 14, 2009, featuring Dr. Mehrzad Boroujerdi, an Associate Professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and...
Sun Feb 8, 2009 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Nur Yalman, Professor Emeritus of Social Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies at the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, gave a CIRS Focused Discussion on February 8, 2010 on the topic...
Mon Jan 19, 2009 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Journalist and opinion-writer Mona Eltahawy was invited by CIRS to give a lunchtime lecture at the SFS-Qatar campus on the subject of “Female Suicide Bombers in Iraq.” Eltahawy is an award-winning...