- About us -

Center for International Policy Research (CIPR) is a research center with focus on economic, political, energy and security issues in the GCC region. Based in Doha, CIPR specializes in political risk analysis, government and corporate advisory, conflict advisory, track II diplomacy, humanitarian/development advisory, and event management in the GCC region and beyond. The GCC region, at the crossroads of the strategic geography of Arabian Peninsula and, wider Middle East and Eurasian region, is increasingly becoming a crucial area of global interest with its rich natural resources, geopolitical rivalry and economic development. The CIPR aims at becoming a primary research and debate platform in the region with relevant publications, events, projects and media productions to nurture a comprehensive understanding of the intertwined affairs of this geography. With an inclusive, scholarly and innovative approach, the CIPR presents a platform where diverse voices from academia, business and policy world from both the region and the nation’s capital interact to produce distinct ideas and insights to the outstanding issues of the region. CIPR’s multi-disciplinary and international team provides local solutions-oriented intelligence and strategy for private and public sector institutions. We use applied research, quantitative and qualitative analysis, data mining and analysis, and field studies to produce practical policy advice to help meet our clients’ needs.

Our team

Dr. Majed Al Ansari

President and Chair of the Board of Advisors

Dr. Al-Ansari is Advisor to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Official Spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of State of Qatar. He is also President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the CIPR.

Dr. Bulent Aras

Research Director of CIPR

Bülent Aras is Research Director of Center for International Policy Research. He is also Visiting Professor at Qatar University, Senior Scholar and Coordinator of the Conflict Resolution and Mediation stream at Istanbul Policy Center, and Research Professor of International relations at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Mahjoob Zweiri

Senior Fellow, CIPR

Dr. Zweiri is Senior Fellow at CIPR and Director of the Gulf Studies Center. Dr. Zweiri was the Head of the Humanities Department for five year during 2011-2016. Prior to joining Qatar University, Dr. Zweiri held numerous prestigious positions. He was a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan. He also held the position of the Director of the Center for Iranian Studies at Durham University.

- What do we do ? -

Provide in-depth and critical reports on countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Eurasia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia

Identify and evaluate risks tailored to the needs of clients

Design innovative strategies and solutions

Offer support for implementation

Link clients with local authorities

Organize facilitating events to help develop business solutions