Summary Reports

In conjunction with its research initiatives, CIRS produces Summary Reports, which contain background information about CIRS research initiatives, collections of paper synopses delivered at CIRS working group meetings, as well as participant biographies.

English-language CIRS Summary Reports are registered under ISSN 2227-1686
Arabic-language CIRS Summary Reports are registered under ISSN 2227-1694

GCC States' Land Investments Abroad: The Case of Cambodia

To cite this publication: "GCC States' Land Investments Abroad: The Case of Cambodia," CIRS Summary Report no. 5 (Doha, Qatar: Center for International and Regional Studies, 2012).

Foreign land acquisition offers the possibility of securing reliable long-term food supplies, but has been criticized as risking exploitation of communities in host countries. This CIRS Summary Report examines Cambodia as a case study of Gulf-state land investments in developing country agriculture to develop a long-term prognosis for this going abroad strategy. Despite the critical regional interest in food security and food sovereignty, there is a dearth of available information on the subject as it relates to the Middle East. It is widely acknowledged that there exists a lack of available data on the subject on which to base sound analysis. This scarcity of data and non-reliability of data means that academic work on the subject of food security in this region remains limited to non-existent. A scholarly approach to this issue is both valuable and timely. With that as its goal, CIRS launched a research initiative on “Food Security and Food Sovereignty in the Middle East” and held working group meetings to discuss the topic.

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The Nuclear Question in the Middle East

To cite this publication: "The Nuclear Question in the Middle East," CIRS Summary Report no. 4 (Doha, Qatar: Center for International and Regional Studies, 2012).

In early 2010, CIRS began work on “The Nuclear Question in the Middle East” research initiative. While the world community’s attention may currently be drawn to Iran’s nuclear program, the CIRS project aims to take a far more comprehensive and expansive look at the issue across the region. During working group meetings that took place in Doha, CIRS engaged with a number of academics and specialists who were invited to contribute individual chapters to a book on The Nuclear Question in the Middle East (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2012). CIRS Summary Report no. 4 highlights the participants' discussions about balancing the need for civilian nuclear technology against the concerns of weaponization programs. Among other issues discussed by the working group were matters related to global security, regional mistrust, the prestige of gaining nuclear capabilities, and the role of NGOs and civil society groups in pressuring governments to abstain from nuclear energy initiatives.

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The Political Economy of the Gulf

To cite this publication: "The Political Economy of the Gulf," CIRS Summary Report no. 3 (Doha, Qatar: Center for International and Regional Studies, 2011).

The Political Economy of the Gulf Summary Report details research conducted at the CIRS "Political Economy of the Gulf" working group meetings held in Doha over the course of two years. The project was launched in 2009. As with other CIRS research initiatives, after a thorough review of existing literature on the topic, certain gaps were identified meriting further original research and scholarship. Select scholars were invited to participate in a working group for focused discussions on a range of sub-topics. During these meetings the participants contributed their expertise, and began working on papers in their specialty areas. The ultimate product of this research project is an edited book on The Political Economy of the Persian Gulf (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2011). The working group meetings held in Doha, Qatar, meant that authors were able to work closely together in order for the individual chapters to cross-reference each other for better coherence and intellectual synergy of the volume. Each study is an in-depth work of scholarship that is original, analytical, and makes a significant contribution to the field.

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Migrant Labor in the Gulf

To cite this publication: "Migrant Labor in the Gulf," CIRS Summary Report no. 2 (Doha, Qatar: Center for International and Regional Studies, 2011).

This Migrant Labor in the Gulf Summary Report details the research findings that were presented by the Migrant Labor in the Gulf working group participants during their meetings in Doha, Qatar. CIRS launched the initiative in 2008 and held a total of three meetings. The working group is composed of experts in the field of migrant labor who hail from a variety of academic disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, economics, and political science. The working group is also composed of the CIRS research grant recipients: Andrew Gardner from the University of Puget Sound, Arland Thornton, Mansoor Moaddel, Dirgha Ghimirie, Linda Young-DeMarco, and Nathalie Williams from the University of Michigan, Susan Martin from Georgetown University, Mary Breeding from the World Bank, and David Mednicoff from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. The edited volume, titled Migrant Labour in the Persian Gulf was published by Columbia University Press/Hurst in 2012.

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International Relations of the Gulf

To cite this publication: "International Relations of the Gulf," CIRS Summary Report no. 1 (Doha, Qatar: Center for International and Regional Studies, 2009).

CIRS has published both English and Arabic versions of the "International Relations of the Gulf" Summary Report, which includes twelve synopses of the papers delivered at the two "International Relations of the Gulf working group" meetings in June 2008 and January 2009, as well as biographies of all the participants who took part in the initiative. The edited volume on The International Politics of the Persian Gulf has been published by Syracuse University Press in 2011. The International Relations of the Gulf research initiative explores critical issues in the Gulf region such as security strategies and foreign policy implications of political reforms in the Gulf region, questions of sovereignty and borders, American policy, and the foreign and security policies of Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other regional actors.

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