While it is true that a large number of Western research counsil deal with (and are still dealing with) issues related to the Arab world on a large scale, it is essential for Arab researchers who live in the region, to address the political, social and economic crises afflicting the Arab world .
Arab scholars are best positioned to study the region as participant observers who are able to produce the most objective in-depth research as they neither suffer from methodological flaws, nor from the cultural and linguistic barriers that beset Western institutions .
The ( ICHRAPS ) will address broad themes including :
A. Politics and Public Administration
Political and administrative reform issues, the foreign relations of Arab states and other actors, security issues, national security, and economics Some of the most pressing topics on the Counsil's research agenda include, but are not confined to: Arab national and social security; the crisis in Iraq; the Arab-Israeli conflict; sectarian relations and tensions; identity politics; the relationship between Arab states and political Islam; political, social, economic and .
security reform in the region; US foreign policy in the Middle East; Israeli politics and society; the politics of oil and energy; the roles of Iran and Turkey in the region
Social change and population studies, education, health and mortality, gender discrimination and youth studies, identity issues, working forces and employment, poverty, unemployment, migration and marginalization, social movements and the role of civil society and non-governmental organizations, integrated social policies, social integration, the concept of development , international development policies, world demographic projections .
Media studies, including media policies and Arab media: its role, independence and ownership, the making of public opinion and information technology. Moreover the Counsil will encourage studies dealing with the portrayal of Arabs, Muslims and Arab issues in Western media. A project aiming at monitoring and evaluating Arab media is in process .
Arab world economy, economy of the region as whole, regional integration, opportunities for Arab economic cooperation, impact of the World Bank and IMF policies on poor Arab countries, globalization, prospects and economic models, local financial resources, private capital flows, official development assistance, external debts, monetary, financial and trade systems, world trade, basic commodities, .
investment, technology, project development, and basic service structures
E. Environment and Natural Resources
Food security, food sovereignty, water, poverty
and pollution, social impact on natural resource
The ( ICHRAPS ) will study and evaluate education policies in the Arab region, including higher education, with a special focus on threats and opportunities facing the advancement of education, teaching curricula and private education .
G. Israeli studies
The Unit for Israeli Studies aims at examining the Israeli state, society, and economy insofar as it is crucial to a decision-making process in the Arab world which is informed by the notion of Arab national security. The unit also aims at keeping the research community and Arab public opinion
informed about Israeli affairs. The unit will outsource its work to Arab researchers in Palestine
H. Turkey and Iran Unit
The role of the two countries in formulating the region's economy and politics; their influence over the course of its events; potential policies and plans to deal with these two countries including the opportunities and threats they represent to the unity, integration and security of the region in general, and the Arab world in particular; actual and potential interactions and intersections between these two states on the one hand, and between the two states and Arab social forces, political and religious movements on the other .
The unit will also explore the potential alliances between each of the two states and Arab regional and international forces and their impact on the Arab national security, the development of Arab societies and the official Arab political order .