Research Initiatives

Research Initiatives

Supporting Social Science Research in a Turbulent Middle East

Over the past several years some countries in the region are increasingly encountering a resurgence of authoritarianism while others are experiencing heightened civil conflict. In addition, in our immediate neighborhood, the geopolitics of the GCC are in a process of reconfiguration, and the current rupture between the six monarchies are creating serious difficulties for scholars, doctoral students, and academics. In light of its commitment to study regional and international issues through dialogue and exchange of ideas, research and scholarship, and engagement with national and international scholars, opinion-makers, practitioners, and activists, the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) launched a project that explores issues around how the research community can address the multiple challenges encountered when carrying out studies on the Middle East.

Since 2007 the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University in Qatar has been committed to increasing knowledge production on the political, economic, social, and cultural dynamics of the Persian Gulf and the Middle East. Working closely not only with our own faculty here at Georgetown but also with a global network of scholars and experts over the years CIRS has carried out major studies, and through regular grant cycles has also supported empirical fieldwork of regional and international significance.

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As part of its Research and Scholarship initiatives, CIRS organizes several ongoing Roundtables 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.

Roundtable Meetings