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 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...
Wed Nov 19, 2008 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
The Center for International and Regional Studies at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar hosted a luncheon talk for the visiting Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament, Nabih...
Wed Oct 22, 2008 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
In honor of the memory of Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish, CIRS hosted a literary evening to recall his life and his legacy. His Excellency, the Palestinian Ambassador to Qatar, Munir Ghannam, and...
Sun Oct 19, 2008 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
CIRS hosted a luncheon discussion on October 19, 2008, featuring Cynthia Schneider, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, nonresident Fellow at the Brookings...