The Center for International and Regional Studies sponsors public lectures by leading experts in international affairs as well as research-focused Working Group meetings, among other scholarly events.

Past Events

Sun Aug 20, 2017 - Mon Aug 21, 2017 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
On August 20-21, 2017, CIRS hosted the second working group of its project on “Middle Power Politics in the Middle East.” Over two days, scholars discussed key gaps in the literature on the...
Fri Jun 9, 2017 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
On June 9, 2017, CIRS hosted a CIRS Research Workshop at the Georgetown University campus in Washington D.C. The workshop, which was a closed-door, one-day seminar, brought together a small number of...
Sun May 21, 2017 - Mon May 22, 2017 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
In December 2016 CIRS launched a grants cycle to fund empirical research on the subject of “Mobility, Displacement, and Forced Migration in the Middle East,” and on May 21–22, 2017 the first working...
Tue Apr 18, 2017 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Abdullah Al-Arian asked his audience to reflect back six years, to the hopefulness that emerged in spring 2011, when decades-old authoritarian regimes were on the brink of collapse. Leaders of...
Wed Apr 5, 2017 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
On September 21, 2013, four members of the Somalia-based militant group al-Shabaab attacked the upscale Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. The attack turned into a 4-day siege, as Kenyan police and...
Sun Apr 2, 2017 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
On April 2, 2017, CIRS held the second working group under its research initiative on “The ‘Resource Curse’ in the Gulf.” During the working group, the participants presented their original...
Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
While human rights issues faced by low-wage migrant workers in the Gulf region have been widely reported on, the related issue of “recruitment fees” paid by these workers in their countries of origin...
Sun Mar 12, 2017 - Mon Mar 13, 2017 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
On March 12-13, 2017, the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) held a working group under its research initiative on “Sports, Society, and the State in the Middle East.” During the...
Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Student enrollment in higher education institutions has rapidly increased in most Middle Eastern countries in recent years. Governments have shown a strong commitment to higher education, and there...
Sun Feb 12, 2017 - Mon Feb 13, 2017 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
On February 12-13, 2017, the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) held its second working group under the research initiative on “Leading the Faithful: The Role of Religious...