WELCOME

to the Institute for Iraqi Studies

IIS is an educational initiative designed to enable, foster and encourage inter-disciplinary scholarship on contemporary Iraq, including but not limited to religious institutions and practices, politics, society, history and culture, as well Iraq’s regional and international relations.  The Institute hosts an Annual Lecture on Contemporary Iraq, Workshops on Iraq, and periodic conferences, and it is directed by Professor Augustus Richard Norton.  IIS is part of Boston University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations.

The 2013 and 2014 reports from the workshops on the Syrian refugee crisis are available for download.

The Institute has welcomed Iraqi scholars to the United States and has occasionally offered fellowships. The three non-resident senior fellows are Dr. Riedar Visser, Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Professor Abbas Kadhim of the Naval Postgraduate School. This is a splendid opportunity for Iraq-based scholars. Please see Faculty & Fellowships for more details.For announcements on all IIS events, subscribe to our newsletter in the sidebar to the right, or follow us on Facebook and Google+.


The Institute for Iraqi Studies would like to express our gratitude for His Excellency Adil Abdul-Mahdi for his instrumental support in founding the Institute. Adil Abdul-Mahdi is the  former First Vice President of Iraq ; he served from April 6, 2005 to May 31, 2011. He previously served as the Finance Minister of Iraq from June 2, 2004 to April 6, 2005. He is a politician, economist and a valued friend of the Institute. The Institute was inspired by a 2009 dialogue in Iraq between Dr. Zuhair Humadi and A. R. Norton, and the Institute remains especially thankful to Dr. Humadi for his strong personal commitment to launching the Institute.

IIS Announcements

Can Iraq be Saved?

Read the rapporteur's report from the November 19, 2014 lecture and listen to streaming audio.

Sexual and Gender Based Violence against Syrian Refugees

Read the just-published executive summary from the May 2, 2014, workshop.

The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Contiguous States

Read the just-published report from the January 31, 2014, workshop.

Beth Murphy joins as Non-Resident Fellow

The Institute is please to announce the appointment of Beth Murphy as Non-Resident Visual Arts Fellow.

JANUARY 31 2014 9am to 4:30pm: Workshop on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

CURA, 10 Lenox Street

Brookline, MA

This workshop focuses on the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on the contiguous countries: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.

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