Research Initiatives

Research Initiatives

Healthcare Policy and Politics in the Gulf States

CIRS launched a multi-disciplinary research initiative that explores the economic, political, and social implications of healthcare management in the region. Rapid changes to the environment and lifestyle of the Gulf over the course of mere decades have completely changed the health profile of the region. In order to promote rigorous, academic exploration of this subject, CIRS launched a research project on the topic of “Healthcare Policy and Politics in the Gulf States.” The purpose of the CIRS research initiative is to determine the economic, political, and social implications of healthcare management in the region. Employing a multi-disciplinary perspective this project examines existing conditions of healthcare systems in the GCC, identifies the existing challenges and pressures on the countries and societies, and assesses how through their policymaking apparatus is attempting to meet these challenges.

Over the course of the past decades, robust earnings for the Gulf Cooperation Council states have led to increasing state-led development in many different socioeconomic sectors. Along with investing in their productive sectors, the GCC states have also been investing substantially in strengthening the social sectors of education, human capital development, and healthcare.

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  • Click here to read about the "Healthcare Policy and Politics in the Gulf States" Working Group Meeting I
  • Click here to read about the "Healthcare Policy and Politics in the Gulf States" Working Group Meeting II

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.

Working Group Meetings

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Ravinder Mamtani and Albert B. Lowenfels, eds., Critical Issues in Healthcare Policy and Politics in the Gulf Cooperation Council States (Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2018). 

health"Critical Issues in Healthcare Policy and Politics in the GCC," CIRS Summary Report no. 20 (Doha, Qatar: Center for International and Regional Studies, 2017).