Research Initiatives

Research Initiatives

Football in the Middle East

In 2019, the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) launched a new research initiative on “Football in the Middle East.” The aim of this research effort is to provide original academic insight on the political, economic, and social dynamics of football within the region. The project will adopt a multidisciplinary approach, examining a broad range of political, social, and cultural dimensions of the sport. It aims to explore a wide range of topics, including the relationship between the sport and international relations and issues related to gender, tourism, social mobility, media broadcasting rights, the 2022 World Cup, and sports infrastructure.

In 2019, the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) launched a new research initiative on “Football in the Middle East.” The aim of this research effort is to provide original academic insight on the political, economic, and social dynamics of football within the region. As part of Georgetown University-Qatar, CIRS is ideally placed to commence this timely effort, as the State of Qatar gears up to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022. In the build-up to 2022, Qatar has been undertaking enormous economic and infrastructural developments, becoming a global hub for sports, and investing in the rapid expansion of its football capacity. The investments have already begun to pay off. In 2019, Qatar became the Asian football champion by winning the AFC Football Cup.

Click here to read more about another related CIRS research initiative, “Sports, Society, and the State in the Middle East.”

Click here to read about Football in the Middle East Working Group I

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.

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