Research Initiatives

Research Initiatives

The State and Innovation in the Gulf

CIRS has undertaken a multi-year research initiative titled “The State and Innovation in the Gulf.” Our goal is to explore questions related to the topic of innovation in the Gulf region through empirically-grounded, theoretically informed research proposals. 

As a result of their abundant oil and gas sector earnings, the six states of the Gulf Cooperation Council have sustained rapid economic growth over the course of several decades now. Having largely managed to weather the global financial crisis, the GCC states have risen to rank amongst the top-tier of the global wealthy.

Background and Scope of the Project
  • Click here to read about "The State and Innovation" Working Group Meeting I
  • Click here to read about "The State and Innovation" 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

** Note: The grant cycle for this project is now closed.
 

Muslim youthDionysis Markakis, guest ed., "The State and Innovation in the Persian Gulf," CIRS Special Issue of The Muslim World 105, no. 1 (January 2015).

** Note: The grant cycle for this project is now closed.

Grant Description ‎ ‎

The Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) at the Georgetown University School ‎of Foreign Service in Qatar invites proposals from scholars and researchers interested in ‎conducting original research on the topic of “The State and Innovation in the Persian Gulf.”‎