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

Leading the Faithful: The Role of Religious Authorities in the Middle East
March 12 2017 - March 13 2017 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
In February 2017, the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) held its second working group under the research initiative on “Leading the Faithful: The Rule of Religious Authorities in...
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...
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...
Highly Skilled Migration to the Gulf in Comparative Perspective Working Group I
June 01 2016 - June 02 2016 08:30 AM - 02:00 PM
The Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) hosted a working group on June 1 and 2, 2016 on “Highly Skilled Migrants: The Gulf and Global Perspectives.” This working group is an outcome...
Geopolitics of Natural Resources in the Middle East Working Group Meeting II
April 03 2016 - April 04 2016 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
In April 2016, CIRS held a second working group under its research initiative on “Geopolitics of Natural Resources in the Middle East.” On the course of two days, working group participants presented...
Pluralism and Community in the Middle East Working Group Meeting I
March 06 2016 - March 07 2016 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
The Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) held a working group on “Pluralism and Community in the Middle East” in March 2016. Over the course of two days, a number of distinguished...