Archive for the ‘Lecture Series’ Category

Renowned novelist Elias Khoury on March 2, 2016.

Monday, February 29th, 2016

IIS is co-sponsoring the visit by renowned novelist Elias Khoury on March 2, 2016.  Join us at 7:00 P.M. at 8 St. Mary’s Street, on the 9th floor.  Khoury will read from his new novel, the Broken Mirrors: Sinacol.  Professor Jocelyne Cesari of the University of Birmingham will moderate.

Zaid al-Ali, The Struggle for Iraq’s Future

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

5:00 PM


February 11, 2014. Join a conversation with Iraqi UN Ambassador Mohammed al-Hakim

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Alhakim11 Silber Way on the 9th Floor.

The event starts at 5:00 P.M.

Come early for tea.

October 16, 2013, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at 154 Bay State Road, Boston University

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Kirk Flyer 10.16.13 new (1)

“The Plight of Shi’a Religious Schools in Ba’thist Iraq: A Study of the Captured Ba’th Party Archive” – Abbas Khadim

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm

The Castle, 225 Bay State Road

Professor Kadhim is an Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He also holds Visiting Scholar status at Stanford University, a position he has held since 2005. Between 2003 and 2005, he taught courses on Islamic theology and ethics at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. From 2001 to 2005, he was an Instructor of Arabic language at the University of California, Berkeley. From 1999 and 2001, he taught Political Science at the Woodland Community College, Woodland, California. Professor Kadhim is a member of the editorial board of History Compass. Recently, Professor Khadim had an opportunity to review the Ba’th Party’s archives in Iraq. This presentation will highlight some of his findings from the materials left behind by the former regime.

Wasfi al-Sharaa on “Women’s Rights in Iraqi Laws”, June 14, 2012

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

June 14, the Institute for Iraqi Studies will be sponsoring a lite lunch featuring the IIS fellow, Mr. Wasfi Al-Sharaa. The talk will focus on Women’s Rights in Iraqi Laws.

Professor Wasfi Al-Sharaa comes from Basra University-School of Law. During his fellowship at Boston University where he will be working on his proposal “Criminal Protection in Journalism: A Comparative Study.” Mr. Alsharaa has many publications such as scientific material evidence in the criminology proof. Master Thesis, 2001; Torture in the Iraqi Penalty Code which was published in Legal Science Magazine, College of Law, University of Baghdad, 2008; and “The Moral Element in the Crime of Faking Electronic Signature,” which was published at (Ssad) magazine in 2010.

The talk begins at 11:30 AM in CAS 132 at Boston University.

This lunch is free. To reserve a space, please RSVP to Michael Carroll ( by Wednesday, June 13.

BU Launches Iraq Institute – Amb. Ryan Crocker Speaks

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010


Frm. United States Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq, Ryan Crocker

With the last American troops in Iraq exiting next year and security already improved, opportunities for safe, scholarly research there may multiply, according to educators. The new BU Institute for Iraqi Studies, which debuts today, hopes to create academic links to the troubled nation.

Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq from 2007 to 2009 and a pivotal player in the war, gives the institute’s first lecture, Iraq: The Next 10 Years this evening, November 17, at the Metcalf Trustee Center. Crocker, a career diplomat before becoming dean and executive professor at Texas A&M’s George Bush School of Government and Public Service, worked closely with General David Petraeus on the 2007 troop surge that helped quell violence in Iraq.

“The establishment of the institute is a tremendously important initiative,” Crocker says. Referring to a speech in which President Obama declared troop withdrawals a commitment to “turn the page” on Iraq, Crocker says he’s “concerned Americans read that as not just turning a page, but closing the book on Iraq,” showering indifference on “a country of vital strategic importance to the region and the United States.”

The institute will work to keep attention focused on Iraq and also “is going to be a vehicle, I think, to coordinate academic travel to Iraq,” he says.

Among its activities, the institute will bring Iraqi fellows to BU for a semester or a year, addressing Iraq’s concern that few of its young professors “have been exposed to the setting of a world-class university,” says the institute’s founding director, Augustus R. Norton, a College of Arts & Sciences professor of international relations and of anthropology. Crocker’s lecture is the first in what is planned as an annual series, and the institute will run periodic workshops and conferences as well. It also will offer PhD research fellowships in the humanities and social sciences, open to any BU doctoral student researching contemporary Iraq. Norton says the institute will begin soliciting applications in 2012.

Because of Saddam Hussein’s repressive Baath Party regime and then the war deposing it, scholars were denied safe access to Iraq for years, Norton says. While lingering disorder from the U.S. invasion still makes work risky, “sites that have long been closed to foreign researchers are now becoming accessible.” Indeed, the idea for the institute came to Norton during a research trip to Iraq last fall, when he found keen interest in BU’s academic reputation among Iraqi educators.

The institute’s mission is to “encourage scholarly collaboration between Iraqi scholars and BU counterparts and to help shape the scholarly agenda on Iraq, he says. Crocker recalls that as ambassador, during his talks with Iraqi educators, they were, “without exception, desirous of links with U.S. universities.”

The institute has secured five years of funding from the Independent Development Council in Iraq, a quasi-governmental agency supporting community and human development projects, most of them in Iraq. Having the agency support a United States–based venture “is a unique situation,” says Norton.

A five-time ambassador to the Middle East (Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon) during four decades in the Foreign Service, Crocker has won numerous awards, including America’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was educated at Whitman College in his home state of Washington.

Following eight months of disagreement and paralysis, Iraqi leaders this month agreed to form a government under Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki. Crocker says that in his talk he will offer a mixed assessment of the nation’s prospects.

“There are enormous challenges that Iraq faces,” he says. “The good news is that, so far, they are solving political problems with political means, without resorting to the violence we saw in 2006 and 2007.”

“I don’t know how it’s going to go. That part of the book has yet to be written. I think it will have a considerable amount to do with how engaged we stay, and I think that’s another reason why this institute is important.”

IIS Announcements

Dr. Kristin Girling on "Baghdad College and al-Hikma University: American Jesuit contributions to Iraqi education and society 1932--1968," at the Pardee School, 121 Bay State Road, on November 17, 2016, at 12:00 P.M.

Activist 'Ali 'Issa on "Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq," at the Pardee School, 121 Bay State Road, on March 18, 2016, at 2:30 P.M.

Novel Elias Khoury read from his new book The Broken Mirrors: Sinacol on March 2, 2016, at 7:00 P.M.

Just published! Eric Davis on Taking Democracy Seriously in Iraq

PDF and Kindle versions will be available.

IIS sponsors Muslim Youth conference, April 9, 2015

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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