GU-Q has launched The Virtual Hub for Global Dialogue: Engaging Communities, Finding Solutions, an initiative that comprises four public lecture series and one Executive Education training program that brings together experts, scholars, government leaders, and industry professionals, to stimulate thinking and discussion around key issues defining our world today.

The events are organized in partnership with GU-Q scholars, and through collaborations with Qatar-based and international organizations, including the Education Above All Foundation (EAA), the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) in Washington, DC, GU-Q Executive and Professional Education (EPE), the GU-Q Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS), and the GU-Q Indian Ocean Working Group. Join a unique community of learners by exploring each program in the Virtual Hub and registering to attend an upcoming event.

In an era of uncertainty, it is more important than ever that we come together to find innovative solutions to the challenges we are collectively facing.

Dean of GU-Q, Dr. Ahmad Dallal

The World Cup 2022 Lecture Series  Diplomatic Education Workshop Series  EAA/GU-Q Series  Indian Ocean Working Group Series  CIRS Projects & Events

THE WORLD CUP 2022™ LECTURE SERIES

About the Series:

The FIFA World Cup™ in November and December 2022 in Qatar will be the first such tournament in the Middle East.  Growing out of the Center for International and Regional Studies research around the world cup and football in the region, The World Cup 2022 Lecture Series will cover the implications of staging one of the world’s largest sporting events on the social, political and economic development of Qatar as well as on regional and global affairs.

Upcoming Events:

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar in Historical Perspective

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ breaks new ground – the first World Cup to be be held in the Middle East, the first in a Muslim majority society, and the first to be held in November. But there are continuities with the history of World Cups, as well as new and original features. British sociologist, journalist, and bestselling author David Goldblatt will survey the economics, politics, and urban development that have accompanied the upcoming event and compare them to past World Cups.

About the author: David Goldblatt is an honorary fellow at the International Centre for Sports History and Culture, De Montfort University, Leicester, U.K., teaches for the Geneva based Football Business Academy, and is a visiting Professor at Pitzer College, Los Angeles. His books include Social Theory and the Environment (1996), The Ball is Round: A Global History of Football (2006), Futbol Nation: A Footballing History of Brazil (2014), The Game of Our Lives : The Making and Meaning of English Football (2014), winner of the 2015 William Hill Sports book prize, and The Games: A Global History of the Olympics (2016). His latest book is The Age of Football: The Global Game in the 21st Century (2019).

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Nov 16 MON

Qatar´s Football Journey: From First Games on Sand to Hosting the World as Asian Champions

Qatar has no football history, or so the critics say. Now Doha-born journalist and author Matthias Krug sets out to debunk that myth by telling the fascinating inside story of the country’s most cherished football and sporting moments and players over the past six decades.

About the author: Dr. Matthias Krug is an award-winning author, academic, and journalist who was born and raised in Qatar, where he lives with his family. Matthias has written numerous books, short stories and articles, including Journeys on a Football Carpet, which was published in 2019 andwon awards at the 2020 International Book Awards and the 2020 Living Now Book Awards.

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DIPLOMATIC EDUCATION WORKSHOP SERIES

About the Series:

This series of training workshops is offered in collaboration with Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) in Washington, DC, and the Office of Executive and Professional Education at GU-Q. Each workshop in the series features Senior, Distinguished Resident and Non-Resident Fellows at ISD, as well as other experts, who have policy and regional expertise relevant to officials representing Qatar, and other countries in the region.

Upcoming Events:

Sep 30 Mon

Multilateral Diplomacy: How to Succeed at the UN

Based on his many years working at the U.S. mission to the United Nations in New York and Geneva, Ambassador DeLaurentis will discuss how diplomats can maximize their effectiveness at the U.N. and in other multilateral fora around the world.

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Oct 13 Tue

What the Start of the Arab Spring Taught Me about Diplomacy

The second workshop of the series will focus on the demonstrations that sparked the Arab Spring which began in December 2010, nearly ten years ago. Ambassador Gordon Gray will share the diplomatic lessons he learned from serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia at that pivotal time.

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Oct 27 Tue

Fragile States and Post Conflict

The World Bank lists 39 “fragile and conflict-affected situations” involving countries that are affected by violent conflict or have high levels of institutional and social fragility. Uzra Zeya is a former senior U.S. diplomat who currently leads a network of over 120 organizations working in 153 countries to end conflict through peaceful means. In this third workshop, she will discuss strategies to build peace.

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Upcoming training in this series:

  • Africa’s Place on the World Stage
  • Small Powers: Diplomatic Strength
  • Intelligence and Diplomacy
  • Russian Foreign Policy

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EAA/GU-Q SERIES

About the Series:

This series is offered in collaboration between Education Above All Foundation and GU-Q to raise awareness about the two institutions’ shared commitment to equitable access to education, and to promote the importance of protecting education as a path to peace and sustainable development. The series will feature top practitioners in international relations and international development, and serve as a leading platform in the Gulf region for in-depth examination of the current pressing issues in international development assistance and cooperation, with a special emphasis on education.

Upcoming Events:

Working Together During COVID-19: A Global Approach to Development

Joe Cerrell, managing director of global policy and advocacy for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will give a talk drawing on his experience overseeing the foundation’s relationships with donor governments, corporations, foundations, and other non-governmental  in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East. His team seeks to expand the foundation’s partnerships with these governments, but also corporations, foundations and other non-governmental organizations, to support increased global engagement and progress on global health and agriculture.

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INDIAN OCEAN WORKING GROUP SERIES

About the Series:

This series includes Indian Ocean Working Group (IOWG) webinars, symposia, and monthly reading group meetings, bringing together scholars from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, North America as well as Doha-based institutions. IOWG also invites students, members of the diplomatic community, and the public, to attend the events.

Since 2014, the Indian Ocean Working Group (IOWG) at GU-Q has convened researchers from across the world to build collaborative expertise across the boundaries of traditional area studies to remap the Indian Ocean World through historical circularities of people, culture, knowledge, ideas, commodities, technology, architecture, labor, and capital.

Upcoming Events:

SEP 29 Tue

The Loiy Hammad Memorial Lecture Series: Buying Time: Debt and Mobility in the Western Indian Ocean

Featuring: Dr.Thomas F. McDow, Associate Professor, Ohio State University, USA. Dr. McDow’s book, Buying Time: Debt and Mobility in the Western Indian Ocean, was a finalist for the Bethwell A. Ogot Book Prize for Best Book in East African Studies.

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The Loiy Hammad Memorial Lecture Series is dedicated to the memory of Loiy Hammad, beloved son, brother, and Hoya.

“Loiy was the student that every professor wished to see. His intelligence and quick wit are greatly missed. To honor his loving memory, we plan to dedicate our lectures to him throughout this academic year.” – IOWG

Past Events:

  • Indian Ocean Reading Group: Book Discussion on the book Reel Pleasures by Laura Fair, July 30, 2020
  • Indian Ocean Working Group: Webinar Series, Indian Ocean Humanities: Current State, Future Directions, July 20, 2020

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CIRS PROJECTS & EVENTS

About the Series:

GU-Q’s premiere research institute, The Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS), sponsors public lectures by leading experts in international affairs as well as research-focused Working Group meetings, among other scholarly events. Events are designed to present interested community members with a forum for quiet, thoughtful discussion and dialogue on a range of topics of regional and international significance.

The Covid Project:

The CIRS Covid Project is a data portal to support research into the societal, economic, cultural, religious, and political consequences of the pandemic in Qatar and the region. The portal will serve as an important tool for analysis and a deeper understanding of how the pandemic is being experienced as it continues to unfold.

  • Expert Insights: Interviews and panel discussions with regional scholars and experts
  • Measures and Policies: View data visualizations on regional statistics, analysis, measures, and policies
  • Online Briefs: Invited scholars and experts weigh in on some of the important questions around how this health crisis is shaping social, cultural, economic, and political dynamics in the region and beyond

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Past Events:

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