Discipline and flourish: teaching IR in the Arab world

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The modern classroom is an astonishing meeting place. It brings together individuals with a common interest in a discipline, yet with varying academic and cultural backgrounds, passions, expectations, and ambitions. They intermingle, sometimes clash but ultimately reach their individual and, sometimes, common pursuits. My perception of the classroom was reinforced after I taught a Seminar in International Relations Theory to two cohorts at the Doha Institute of Graduate Studies (DI). This experience underlined several institutional and cultural challenges and opportunities. I here examine two: What are the challenges/opportunities of teaching IR in the Arab world? What are the constraints/opportunities of teaching the discipline in Arabic? Drawing on my own observations and the experiences of other colleagues, I find that despite some obstacles, IR offers immense opportunities for Arab students.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-428
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Studies Perspectives
Issue number4
Early online date17 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021


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