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

Sun Apr 15, 2018 - Mon Apr 16, 2018 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
In April 2018, the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) hosted the second working group meeting of its research initiative on “Water and Conflict in the Middle East.” Over the course...
Sat Mar 10, 2018 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Informal Politics in the Middle East WGI In March 2018, the Center for International and Regional Studies held its first working group under its research initiative on “Informal Politics in the...
Sun Jan 21, 2018 - Mon Jan 22, 2018 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
In January 2018, the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) convened a working group on “Nation Building in Central Asia.” The working group took place under the larger CIRS research...
Wed Nov 29, 2017 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
On November 29 th , 2017, CIRS convened a one-day roundtable meeting to bring together scholars of the region with extensive experience in carrying out social science research, to have an in-depth...
Sun Oct 15, 2017 - Mon Oct 16, 2017 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
In October 2017, the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) held a working group under its research initiative on “ Water and Conflict in the Middle East ”. Over the course of two days...
Sun Sep 24, 2017 - Mon Sep 25, 2017 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
On September 24-25, 2017, the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) held a second two-day working group under its research initiative on “Sports, Society, and the State in the Middle...
Sun Aug 20, 2017 - Mon Aug 21, 2017 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
On August 20-21, 2017, CIRS hosted the second working group of its project on “ Middle Power politics in the Middle East .” Over the course of two days, scholars discussed key gaps in the literature...
Fri Jun 9, 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...
Sun May 21, 2017 - Mon 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...
Sun Apr 2, 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...