علاقات الخليج الدولية

"علاقات الخليج الدولية"، تقرير مركـز الدراسـات الدوليـة والإقليميـة العربي الموجز رقم ١ (الدوحة، قطر: مركـز الدراسـات الدوليـة والإقليميـة، ٢٠١٠).

يرسد هذا التقرير املوجز بالتفصيل النتائج البحثية التي عرضها املشاركون يف مجموعة عمل عالقات الخليج الدولية أثناء اجتامعاتهم يف الدوحة بقطر والتي استضافها مركز الدراسات الدولية واإلقليمية بكلية الشئون الدولية بجامعة جورجتاون يف قطـر. وتعد املبادرة البحثية لعالقات الخليج الدولية مرشوعاً علمياً يتكون من جزئني ويتناول التحليل األكادميي والسيايس بشكل متعمق لوضع الخليج االسرتاتيجي يف السياسة الدولية. وقد بدأت املرحلة األوىل من املبادرة يف يونيو عام 2008 وركزت عىل وضع الخطوط العريضة لدراسة العديد من الجوانب الرئيسية لعالقات الخليج الدولية من مختلف الزوايا النظرية. وقام مركز الدراسات الدولية واإلقليمية بدعوة مجموعة أساسية من الباحثني املعنيني بدراسات الخليج إىل الدوحة لحضور اجتامعات مجموعة عمل عالقات الخليج الدولية ولإلسهام بفصول فردية يف مجال خربتهم ألجل إعداد كتاب يحمل نفس االسم. وتضمنت هذه الجولة األوىل من املحادثات طرح أفكار مبدئية حول املوضوعات التي وقع االختيار عليها وكذلك عقد جلسات للعصف الذهني لتقييم بؤرة اهتامم املرشوع ومعايري التحليل واألطروحات األساسية بشكل نقدي. وتم إعادة دعوة مجموعة العمل إىل الدوحة يف شهر يناير عام 2009 الستكامل املرحلة الثانية من املرشوع ولتقديم أوراقهم البحثية الفردية الطالع نظرائهم عليها. ورافق ذلك دعوة مركز الدراسات الدولية واإلقليمية للعديد من الخرباء اآلخرين يف هذا املجال ليقوموا بدور املناقشني وإلجراء تشاور نقدي حيال املرشوع وإثراء املوضوعات التي قيد البحث.

Occasional Paper

To cite this publication: Alan S. Weber, "Web-Based Learning in Qatar and the GCC States," CIRS Occasional Paper no. 5 (Doha, Qatar: Center for International and Regional Studies, 2010).

This contribution surveys the historical development and current state of e-learning in Qatar and the GCC states, including the educational, political, social, and financial factors that led to the adoption and development of current systems and initiatives. Although significant challenges have arisen in the use of e-learning technologies, such as general computer literacy, interoperability and cross-platform issues associated with the flood of learning objects on the market, the lack of Arabic language learning objects, and Internet bandwidth and reliability, e-learning is poised to usher in considerable educational changes in the learning populations of the Gulf region. In the face of declining hydrocarbon reserves in some Gulf nations, this paper analyzes the ways in which e-learning initiatives have been designed to help create the post-oil knowledge economies, which Gulf rulers hope will propel GCC countries into the top tier of technologically advanced societies in the world. 

CIRS Annual Reports 2009-2010

The 2009-2010 CIRS Annual Report contains information on all the year's Public Affairs events, including Thomas Friedman and Robert Fisk's Distinguished Lectures and CIRS's inaugural International Lecture, delivered by Dean Mehran Kamrava. The Report features CIRS's research initiatives on Migrant Labor in the Gulf, The Nuclear Question in the Middle East, and The Political Economy of the Gulf. The Report also highlights the latest CIRS Occasional Papers and its inaugural Arabic-language publications.

CIRS Newsletter No. 07

The seventh edition of the CIRS Newsletter provides an overview of CIRS activities during Fall 2009. It highlights Georgetown SFS-Q faculty research, CIRS events, scholarship initiatives and publications,  and working group meetings.

CIRS Newsletter No. 06

The sixth edition of the CIRS Newsletter, published in June 2009, features Georgetown SFS-Qatar faculty research, articles detailing CIRS lectures and events, and highlights CIRS research initiatives such as the Migrant Labor in the Gulf Cooperation Council working group project.

Occasional Paper

To cite this publication: James Onley, "Britain and the Gulf Shaikhdoms, 1820-1971: The Politics of Protection," CIRS Occasional Paper no. 4 (Doha, Qatar: Center for International and Regional Studies, 2009).

This article examines Britain’s protection of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the Trucial States (United Arab Emirates), and Oman during the era of British hegemony in the region: 1820–1971. It argues that Britain’s role as guardian of the Persian Gulf, beginning in 1835, was not imposed coercively, that Britain largely conformed to local expectations of a protector’s duties and rights, and that its record in Eastern Arabia was far better than its record elsewhere in the Middle East. It begins with an overview of regional insecurity before the Pax Britannica. It then examines why Britain came to defend Eastern Arabia and the advantages and disadvantages that entailed for the local rulers. It explains the legal status of the Gulf shaikhdoms and Oman resulting from their treaties with Britain and their close relationship with the British Empire. It also discusses Britain’s post-war attempts to develop these states, the nature of Anglo–American relations in the region, and the growing challenges to Britain’s position in Eastern Arabia in the 1950s–60s. It provides a new account of Britain’s withdrawal from the Persian Gulf, showing how Britain introduced defense arrangements that remain in place forty years on. It finishes with a reflection on Britain’s legacy in the Gulf today. 

CIRS Newsletter No. 05

The fifth edition of the CIRS Newsletter was published in March 2009 and highlights research by Georgetown SFS-Qatar faculty, the Distinguished Lecture by Hanan Ashrawi, the second phase of the International Relations of the Gulf working group meetings, and various academic and scholarly programs.

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.

Read about the edited volume
Read the Report in English
Read the Report in Arabic 

CIRS Annual Reports 2008-2009

The 2008-2009 CIRS Annual Report details all the activities and research initiatives conducted by CIRS over the past academic year. Some of the research highlights include features on the inaugural Post-Doctoral and Senior Fellows, the Migrant Labor in the Gulf working group, and the forthcoming release of Innovation in Islam: Traditions and Contributions, edited by Mehran Kamrava and published by University of California Press. Other highlights include an exciting Public Affairs Program and lectures by Hanan Ashrawi, Nabih Berri, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr.

CIRS Newsletter No. 04

The fourth issue of the CIRS Newsletter, published in December 2008, highlights the activities conducted by CIRS during Fall 2008. This issue introduces readers to the new CIRS website, the first phase of the International Relations of the Gulf working group meetings, and spotlights on SFS-Qatar faculty.