Working Groups

As part of its Research and Scholarship initiatives, CIRS organizes several ongoing Working Groups that convene in Doha to examine a variety of international issues. The primary purpose of CIRS research initiatives is to fill in existing research gaps, and to contribute towards furthering knowledge on the prevailing issues related to security, economic stability, and the political realm of the region. Each of these projects involves some of the most prominent scholars of the Middle East and the Gulf region. Each scholar participating will be working on a specific sub-topic, under the overarching subject.

Past Working Groups

The “Resource Curse” in the Gulf WGII
April 02 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...
Sports, Society, and the State in the Middle East
March 12 2017 - March 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...
Leading the Faithful: The Role of Religious Authorities in the Middle East Working Group II
February 12 2017 - February 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...
Highly Skilled Migrants: The Gulf and Global Perspectives Working Group II
January 29 2017 - January 30 2017 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
In January 2017, the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) hosted a working group on “Highly Skilled Migrants: The Gulf and Global Perspectives.” This working group took place under a...
Middle Power Politics in the Middle East Working Group I
January 15 2017 - January 16 2017 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
In January 2017, the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) held a working group under its research initiative on “Middle Power Politics in the Middle East.” During the course of two...
Climate Vulnerability in South Asia's Coastal Cities
January 10 2017 - January 11 2017 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Urbanists, governance experts, and climate change specialists gathered in Doha for a two-day workshop co-hosted by the Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at...
The “Resource Curse” in the Gulf Working Group I
October 09 2016 - October 10 2016 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
On October 9 and 10, 2016, the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) held a working group under a research initiative on “The ‘Resource Curse’ in the Gulf.” During the course of two...
Strategic Forum on Gulf Security
September 25 2016 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
On September 25, 2016, the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) at Georgetown University in Qatar in collaboration with the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) at...
Pluralism and Community in the Middle East Working Group II
September 18 2016 - September 19 2016 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
In September 2016, CIRS held a second working group under its research initiative on “Pluralism and Community in the Middle East.” Over the course of two days, working group participants presented...
Leading the Faithful: The Role of Religious Authorities in the Middle East Working Group I
August 22 2016 - August 23 2016 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
On August 22 and 23, 2016, the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) held the first working group meeting under its research initiative on the topic of “Leading the Faithful: The Role...