The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS) is an independent research institute for the study of the social sciences and humanities, with particular emphasis on the applied social sciences.
The ACRPS strives to foster communication between Arab intellectuals and specialists in the social sciences and humanities, establish synergies between these two groups, unify their priorities, and build a network of Arab and international research centers.
In its commitment to the Arab world’s causes, the ACRPS is based on the premise that progress necessitates the advancement of society and human development and the interaction with other cultures, while respecting historical contexts, culture, and language, and in keeping with Arab culture and identity.
To this end, the Center seeks to examine the key issues afflicting the Arab world, governments, and communities; to analyze social, economic, and cultural policies; and to provide rational political analysis on the region. Key to the Center’s concerns are issues of citizenship and identity, fragmentation and unity, sovereignty and dependence, scientific and technological stagnation, community development, and cooperation among Arab countries. The ACRPS also explores the Arab world's political and economic relations with its neighbors in Asia and Africa, and the Arab world’s interaction with influential US, European, and Asian policies in all their economic, political, and communication aspects.
The Center’s focus on the applied social sciences does not detract from the critical analysis of social theories, political thought, and history; rather, this focus allows an exploration and questioning of how such theories and ideas have directly projected themselves on academic and political discourse and guided the current discourse and focus on the Arab world.
ACRPS Activities, Publications, and Projects
The ACRPS regularly engages in timely research, studies, and reports, and manages several specialized programs, conferences, workshops, training sessions, and seminars that target specialists and the general public. The Center publishes in both Arabic and English, ensuring its work is accessible to both Arab and non-Arab readers.
The Center regularly publishes books and peer-reviewed periodicals in the social sciences, humanities, culture, thought, and political science, and translates key foreign contemporary works into Arabic.
In its desire to train highly qualified and diversified academic researchers in the Arab world, and encourage the exchange of knowledge, the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies has been launched, offering degrees in social sciences, humanities, and public administration. To further research activities and the stated objectives, the Center will host visiting researchers, and encourage its employed researchers to coordinate with suitable projects. Additionally, the Doha Historical Dictionary of the Arabic Language, another of the ACRPS’s major projects, endeavors to establish linguistic study not yet completed in Arabic.