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

June 09 2017 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
On June 9 2017, CIRS hosted a CIRS Research Workshop at the Georgetown University campus in Washington D.C. The workshop, which was a closed-door, one-day seminar, brought together a small number of...
May 21 2017 - May 22 2017 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
In December 2016 CRIS launched a grants cycle to fund empirical research on the subject of “ Mobility, Displacement, and Forced Migration in the Middle East ”, and in May 2017 the first working group...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...