العمالـــة المهاجـــرة في منطقــة الخليــج

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

تشكل العمالة الوافدة ما يصل إلى 85 إلى 90 بالمائة من سكان بعض دول الخليج. ومن غير المستغرب أن تستنزف جميع الدول المعنية الكثير من طاقاتها السياسية للتعامل مع هذه الجيوش الضخمة من العمال الوافدين، والذين يتركون أثراً كبيراً على البنى الاجتماعية والثقافية والاقتصادية لتلك المجتمعات. ولذلك، يناقش هذا الكتاب، الغني بالتجارب العملية والجوانب النظرية، ظروف العمالة المهاجرة في منطقة الخليج وأولوياتها وشبكاتها.

CIRS Newsletter No. 10

The tenth edition of the CIRS Newsletter describes the research center's most recent activities, lectures, and academic publications. The newsletter also highlights Georgetown faculty research projects.

A Theory of "Late Rentierism" in the Arab States of the Gulf

Matthew Gray, "A Theory of 'Late Rentierism' in the Arab States of the Gulf," CIRS Occasional Paper no. 7 (Doha, Qatar: Center for International and Regional Studies, 2011).

Rentier state theory (RST), which seeks to explain the impacts of external payments—or rents—on state-society relations and governance, has been in wide usage for over two decades, and is still routinely cited by scholars writing on the Gulf or other parts of the world. Its tenets are widely—if by no means unanimously— accepted, and retain a strong validity at the broader level. However, RST has not adapted enough to explain the dramatic changes in the political economies of the Gulf in the past two decades or so, including the responses of Dubai, Bahrain, and more recently Qatar and Abu Dhabi, to globalization, new technologies, freer trade and investments, social changes, and development imperatives. It is argued here that a new phase of RST—“late rentierism”—should be applied to the wealthy Arab Gulf states. The case for late rentierism is made with an emphasis on the shortcomings or oversimplifications of other rentier approaches. This study also describes and explains late rentierism through a discussion and elucidation of its major features and characteristics, including how these vary, or not, from those of other rentier explanations.

CIRS Annual Reports 2010-2011

The 2010-2011 CIRS Annual Report contains information about all the activities, research initiatives, publications, lectures, and events that CIRS organized throughout the year. Highlights include Distinguished Lectures by Seymour Hersh, Zalmay Khalilzad, Rashid Khalidi, and Karen Armstrong; the conclusion of several research initiatives; and the publication of two books resulting from CIRS research initiatives.

CIRS Newsletter No. 09

The ninth edition of the CIRS Newsletter highlights the latest CIRS academic publications as well as the launch of an Arabic-language series. This edition also reports on Georgetown faculty research and a variety of other CIRS scholarly initiatives.

The GCC States and the Shifting Balance of Global Power

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, "The GCC States and the Shifting Balance of Global Power," CIRS Occasional Paper no. 6 (Doha, Qatar: Center for International and Regional Studies, 2010).

This paper maps the changing engagement strategies of the six member-states of the Gulf Cooperation Council in the global order. It examines how and why the Gulf states have emerged as visible and powerful global actors in recent years and contextualizes these strategies within the shifting balance of global power. This approach ascribes agency to policymakers in the Gulf states, and shifts the focus of scholarly attention toward the motivations and objectives that guide their engagement and interaction with the international system. The paper also considers the broader implications for the future of global and regional politics in light of the emergence of new international linkages and blocs, and the reformulation of frameworks of global governance in both its normative and structural dimensions.

The Masjid, Yesterday and Today

Zakaryya Abdel-Hady, "The Masjid, Yesterday and Today," CIRS Brief no. 5, 2010.

New Directions in Islamic Thought

Hassan Hanafi, "New Directions in Islamic Thought," CIRS Brief no. 4, 2010.

CIRS Newsletter No. 08

The eighth edition of the CIRS Newsletter reports on all of CIRS activities over the Spring 2010 period. Highlights include Thomas Friedman's Distinguished Lecture, CIRS Working Group meetings, and GU-Qatar faculty spotlights.

أميركا، الشرق الأوسط، والخليج نظرة عربية إلى التحديات التي تواجه الإدارة الأميركية الجديده

Rami Khouri, "America, the Middle East, and the Gulf: An Arab View of Challenges Facing the Next U.S. Administration," CIRS Arabic Brief no. 1 (Doha, Qatar: Center for International and Regional Studies, August 24, 2008).

التحديات التي ستواجه الإدارة الأميركية الجديده كثيرة متعددة, لكنني أرغب في أن أركز على عدد من القضايا الأساسية التي لا تقتصر على تحدي الإدارة الأميركية وحسب بل , ولا سيما منها شعوب العالم العربي. هذه لحظة ـً لشعوب الشرق الأوسط أيضا ـً تشكل تحديا حافلة باحتمالات هائلة للتغيير في العلاقات الإقليمية بين شعوب الشرق الأوسط نفسها, وتحدث هذه ـُ وفي العلاقات بين المنطقة والعالم الغربي بعامة والولايات المتحدة بشكل خاص. للحظة ما بعد ـِ التغييرات لاجتماع عدد من الأمور. فنحن نعيش لحظة تغيير تاريخية معادلة الحرب العالمية الأولى, أو ما بعد حرب 1967 ,أو 1948 .كانت تلك لحظات تاريخية بالغة الأهمية شملت تحولاتها كل منطقة الشرق الأوسط.