Occasional Papers

Occasional Papers  feature important work by leading scholars on Iraq. All occasional papers are subjected to strict double-blind peer review and are professionally edited.

Eric Davis, Taking Democracy Seriously in Iraq, No. 2, June 2015.  Brand new.  Free download.

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IIS is delighted to announce the publication of Taking Democracy Seriously in Iraq by Eric Davis, a leading scholar of contemporary Iraq.  Davis thinks through the meaning, components, context and impediments to establishing and sustaining a democracy in strife-torn Iraq.  Occasional Paper No. 2 is available as a free PDF book and as a Kindle book.


‘Abbas Kadhim, The Hawza under Siege: A Study in Ba’th Party Archive, No. 1.

Kadhim’s richly nuanced study draws on the archives of the Ba’thist regime in Iraq and examines the efforts of Saddam Hussein and his subordinates to influence, control, intimidate and subvert Shi’i religious authorities, especially the leading clerical authorities.

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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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