The Institute for Iraqi Studies at Boston University (IIS) is pleased to announce the completion of the January 2014 workshop report, “The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Contiguous States.” The workshop, of the same name, was sponsored by IIS and the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies (BCARS), with support from SMSC and the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs (CURA). The January 31, 2014 workshop focused on the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on the contiguous states, including Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. In addition, there were presentations on international law, sexual violence and the implications for Palestinian refugees.
The Institute for Iraqi Studies at Boston University is pleased to invite Zaid Al-Ali to present on his new book “ “The Struggle for Iraq’s Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy.” The event is open to the public and will commence at 4:30 with tea and cookies. A reception will follow the Q&A.
Please RSVP to Mikaela Ringquist at email@example.com.
The Institute for Iraqi Studies at Boston University is pleased to host “A Conversation with the Iraqi Ambassador to the UN” this coming Tuesday, February 11 at 5 pm (tea served at 4:30). This is a unique opportunity to converse directly with the Ambassador during a transformative period for Iraq and the greater Middle East. Free and open to the public (students *highly* encouraged to attend!). More details on the flyer below.
The final report from our November 15, 2013 conference Arab Uprisings: Accomplishments, Failures, and Prospects has been published. The report provides a lucid synopsis of the conference proceedings. To view the report, please click here.
We hope you will join us as we explore the Muslim and Arab culture throughout various locations in the Middle East. Our film series features five incredible films which will be screened from January 21 through March 18. For more information on each film, please visit our Upcoming Events Calendar.
On October 2nd the University Council approved Boston University’s newest Bachelor of Arts program, the Interdisciplinary Major in Middle East and North Africa Studies. The result of a three-year planning effort by a group of faculty specialized in the region, the new major capitalizes on BU’s unusually strong existing offerings in four Middle Eastern languages and many aspects of Middle Eastern and North African culture.
Available to students starting with the class of 2014, the major offers BU undergraduates a coherent grounding in the history, cultures, artistic production, and one or more of the languages of the Middle East and North Africa region (defined for our purposes as comprising the Arabic-, Hebrew-, Persian-, and Turkish-speaking areas of the world). Requiring three years of language study as well as courses in both humanities and social sciences, this rigorous 11-course major is designed to prepare students for graduate study and for careers in government, international non-governmental organizations, and the private sector by building marketable skills (cultural competence and real linguistic proficiency) as well as intellectual sophistication. It also fills a gap in BU’s area studies programs, which until now offered majors in European, Asian, and Latin American studies, but not in Middle East and North Africa.
Students interested in declaring the MENA major are encouraged to register for the 1-credit seminar course CAS ME 101: Issues in Middle East and North Africa Studies for Spring 2014.
The major is housed in the CAS Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature. Learn more here!
Additional questions? Please contact Professor Margaret Litvin, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Spring 2014 SMSC Courses are now posted on our website! You can view them here.
Join the SMSC Institute, the Center of International Relations, and the Institute for Iraqi Studies as we sit down with founder of The List Project and author Kirk W. Johnson to discuss his book:
To Be a Friend is Fatal: The Fight to Save the Iraqis America Left Behind.
Tens of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans stepped forward to assist U.S. soldiers, diplomats, and aid workers over the past decade of war, acting as interpreters, engineers, and advisors to America’s reconstruction efforts. As the U.S. development program foundered and counter-insurgency tactics alienated the Iraqi and Afghan public, though, they were increasingly viewed as traitors to their country. Despite their immense value to America’s interests, as soon as they began to petition the U.S. government for refuge, they were met by a bureaucracy that viewed them as potential terrorists. With the war in Iraq a distant memory and the withdrawal from Afghanistan gathering speed, the Iraqis and Afghans are now tarred with a stigma that is both lethal and generational. Johnson will discuss the efforts of the List Project to confront both Republican and Democratic resistance in Washington and bring Iraqi and Afghan allies to safety, the state of humanitarianism in an America-in-withdrawal, and a brief history of bureaucratic abandonment in past wars.
We hope you can join us! Please RSVP Mikaela at email@example.com