Past Events

Conference program

Fall 2012 Iraq Studies Workshop

Friday, November 30, 2012 at 9:30 am The Castle, 225 Bay State Road As of now, the program for the November 30th Iraq Workshop has solidified and features the following speakers who will present their papers, and a panel of other scholars and experts will comment and participate:- Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi (University of Pittsburgh), “Thinking Beyond the Original Bargain: Post Ratification Constitution Making and the Case of Iraq."  - Mark Kukis (Doctoral candidate, Boston University), “The Probability of Insurgency amid the U.S. Presence in Iraq.” - Professor ‘Abbas Kadhim (Naval Postgraduate School), “The Hawza and Its Role in Post-War Iraq.” - Ms. Sara Abdullah, Esq. (JBM Legal LLC, Pittsburgh), “Women and Nationality under Iraqi Law and the Constitution." The Hawza and Its Role in Post-War Iraq The Probability of Insurgency amid the U.S Presence in Iraq Thinking Beyond the Original Bargain The Institute for Iraqi Studies annual workshop provides an opportunity for BU faculty with an interest in contemporary Iraq to meet one another to discuss research interests and the possibilities for collaborative research. The workshop has in the past hosted scholars Dr. Shakir Abdulla, Prof. Tahir Albakaa, Prof Kecia Ali, Prof. Roger Owen, Prof. Betty Anderson, and Prof. A. Richard Norton, and many more. To RSVP for the workshop, please contact Michael Carroll at  

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

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.

Iraq+10 Film Series: Turtles Can Fly

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm CAS B36 (725 Comm. Ave) The Iraq+10 project presents a series of Middle Eastern and Western films recognizing the decennial anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq. Take a break from your textbooks and come attend this semester’s last installment of the Iraq+10 film series, Turtles Can Fly. On the eve of the second Gulf War, a Kurdish village in Iraq waits for the American invasion with a mixture of trepidation and hope, and a hunger for information. The film follows the daily struggles of the local children, many of them orphans and refugees, some of them maimed by mines and otherwise scarred by war. A touching story, Turtles Can Fly was the first movie shot in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Please RSVP Mikaela at for refreshments. (TBA) * Films being held in conjunction with CAS courses AN307 and IR507/PO571. Sponsored by the BU Institute for Iraqi Studies. Public welcome to attend.

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

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... Read the rest of this entry »

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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