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: botz.t@gust.edu.kw with “GSC blog” in the subject line.

Erasmus+ Program

The new Erasmus+ programme (2021-2027) was launched on 25 March 2021. Erasmus+ is a world-wide programme, which started over 30 years ago with intra-European projects to boost internationalization across Europe’s borders. Since 2014, Erasmus+ has acknowledged the need to boost internationalization at world level. The previous programme 2014-2020 had a strong international dimension, supporting projects for cooperation or exchange between Europe and the rest of the world.

The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) Call for Membership Applications

The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) is pleased to announce that the Call for Membership Applications 2021 is now open. For early-career researchers (3−10 years after PhD) from the Arab world and Germany and kindly share the call in your networks. AGYA promotes research cooperation among excellent early-career researchers from all disciplines affiliated with a research institution in Germany or any Arab country.

New Visiting Researcher Dr. Emily Goshey

Hello. I'm happy to join the GSC as a visiting researcher. I will be at GUST for six months researching the role of faith and religion in social movements. The academic literature on social movements spans diverse fields from sociology to anthropology, from history to political science, from philosophy to international relations. I will be surveying the literature in order to publish resources for researchers and activists alike who are interested in how questions of religious belief and practice intersect with social movement studies.

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.

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