The Global Studies Center at the Gulf University for Science and Technology (GSC at GUST) is a research center working on topics involving global developments. We pursue research on politics, culture, society, history, environmental studies and many more. This blog intervenes in current or unfolding issues in global studies through submission. It showcases Global Studies articles, provides book reviews, and interviews. We promote critical conversation in these particular areas.

The blog is moderated. Please send your post to Dr. Thorsten Botz: with “GSC blog” in the subject line.

Social, Economic and Political Impact of Coronavirus on the Gulf

By Sinem Cengiz

The start of 2020 was marked with several incidents with the outbreak of coronavirus (or COVID-19) being the most serious so far. The virus, which originated in China and spread to many other countries, rang alarm bells worldwide. Although Asia took much of the attention initially, now the Gulf region is under the spotlight. Gulf countries found the virus at their doorsteps when Iran emerged as the most affected country after China[i], leading to the increase in cases throughout the region.

The institutionalization of Diversity and Discrimination in Middle East

By Zarqa Parvez

Diversity, Inclusion and discrimination have become to of the buzzwords in institutional life. Almost every institution either academic or corporate has some sort of center, policy or agenda to achieve diversity. This vast level of incorporation of diversity is alarming; it might be indicative of the concept losing its critical edge. So what is diversity and what are we doing with it?

Call for Scientific Advisor to the Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po

Call for Scientific Advisor to the Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po, 2020

The Scientific Advisor to the Kuwait Chair will support the development of original research and teaching on the Middle East and North Africa, focusing on political economy, human development, urban policies, environment, comparative study of legislative cycles in the region or health. The Kuwait Chair will have access to 50,000 euros in research funds each year, for either a one or two year period (until 2022), and teach one course each semester at the Paris School of International Affairs.

Dr Ishiguru, Visiting Research Fellow at The Global Studies Center

Dr. Hirotake Ishiguro, Visiting Research Fellow at The Global Studies Center at GUST writes about his research at GUST. Dr. Hirotake is Associate Senior Research Fellow of Middle Eastern Studies Group at Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO) in Japan, specializing in Comparative Politics.

Nadeen Dakkak : Workshop in Exeter

Workshop at the University of Exeter: “Alternative Sources and Perspectives on Kuwait’s History and Sociology” 16 October 2019

Welcome to the GSC blog

Welcome to the GSC blog that publishes research related posts. We are happy to receive blog submissions from Gust faculty, Fulbright scholars and other scholars interested in visiting or collaborating. Research at GUST is quantitatively and qualitatively extremely rich.