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

Suzi Mirgani author
April 05 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...
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March 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...
Higher Education Policies and the Emerging Over-education Crisis in the Middle East
February 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...
CIRS Screens Suzi Mirgani's Short Film Caravan
January 19 2017 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Award-winning filmmaker Suzi Mirgani recently hosted a screening of her latest work, titled Caravan, to an audience of students, staff, faculty, and guests at Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q)...
Mishal Husain on "News and Views in a Post-Truth World"
November 30 2016 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Mishal Husain, one of the BBC’s best-known presenters, delivered a CIRS Focused Discussion on “News and Views in a Post-Truth World” on November 30, 2016. Her talk gave insights into how journalists...
Trump’s Election and the Need for a Mass Movement for Constitutional Reform
November 23 2016 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
In his November 23, 2016 talk, “Trump’s Election and the Need for a Mass Movement for Constitutional Reform,” Anatol Lieven , Professor of International Politics at Georgetown University in Qatar,...
CIRS Hosts Reception for Dean Nonneman
April 18 2016 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
CIRS hosted a reception for Gerd Nonneman, dean of Georgetown University in Qatar, on April 18, 2016. The reception was attended by Georgetown University in Qatar faculty, students, and staff, as...
Shantayanan Devarajan on "How the Arab World Can Benefit from Low Oil Prices"
March 24 2016 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Shantayanan Devarajan , Chief Economist of the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa Region, delivered a CIRS Focused Discussion on “How the Arab World Can Benefit from Low Oil Prices” on March...
What the U.S. Presidential Election Means for the Middle East
February 24 2016 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
On February 24, 2016, John Hudak , Senior Fellow and Deputy Director at the Center for Effective Public Management Governance Studies–Brookings Institution, delivered a CIRS Focused Discussion titled...
The Pedagogic State: Translation and the Cultural Revolution in the Early Republican Turkey
February 03 2016 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Firat Oruc , Assistant Professor of English and Humanities at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar and the 2015-2016 CIRS-SFSQ Faculty Fellow, delivered a CIRS Focused Discussion...