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Report from the 2d. Workshop on the Syria refugee crisis and the impact on the contiguous states.
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March 26 at Boston U.
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IIS is delighted that Beth Murphy has been named a Visiting Researcher at BostonU and a Non-Resident Visual Arts Fellow of the Institute. Beth is a creative, morally-engaged and successful film-maker, who is the founder of the aptly named Principle Pictures http://principlepictures.com/company/who-we-are/
If you have been following the activities of the Institute, you will know that her film "The List" was premiered by IISBU. Her already impressive filmography includes an impressive lists of credits for her work as Producer, Director, Writer and Editor. In the coming days a more formal biography will be published at http://www.bu.edu/iis/.
Beth is heading off to the University of Basra where she will be in residence for several months. Upon her return, she has agreed to shared her reflections about Iraq and her on-going projects.
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The Institute is delighted to be cooperating with the new Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies, which is based at Northeastern U. http://nuweb2.neu.edu/bcars/

BCARS was co-sponsor of the Syrian Refugee Workshop on Jan. 31st.

Take note of the week of events, beginning on February 10, 2014, to commemorate the Arab Uprisings.

http://nuweb2.neu.edu/bcars/event/february-10-13-2014-a-week-of-commemoration-and-remembrance/
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Today, March 26th



THE STRUGGLE FOR IRAQ's FUTURE

A discussion with 

Zaid Al-Ali 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014  
5 PM
Reception to follow

Boston University Trustee Lounge*
School of Management, 9th Floor
*Enter at 1 Silber Way
 Free and open to the public | Tea served at 4:30 PM

Please RSVP to Mikaela Ringquist at mikaelar@bu.edu 

Sponsored by the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies, the Institute for Iraqi Studies at Boston University, 

and the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies & Civilizations at Boston University. 
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THE STRUGGLE FOR 
IRAQ’S FUTURE 
Sponsored by the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies, the Institute for Iraqi Studies at 
Boston University, and the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies & Civilizations at 
Boston University 
Zaid Al-Ali 
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014 
5:00 PM 
BOSTON UNIVERSITY TRUSTEE LOUNGE* 
SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT, 9T H FLOOR 
*ENTER AT 1 SILBER WA Y 
 
REFRESHMENTS SERVED AT 4:30 
Zaid Al- Ali is a lawyer specializing in 
comparative constitutional law and 
international commercial arbitration. He 
was a legal adviser to the United Nations 
in Iraq from 2005 to 2010. He often 
serves as a commentator on Iraqi and 
Arab issues for BBC, Al-Jazeera, Channel 
4, and the New York Times among others. 
His most recent publication, “The 
Struggle for Iraq’s Future” discusses how 
corruption, incompetence, and 
sectarianism have undermined 
democracy. 
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Also, on March 26th at 4:30 p.m., there will be an excellent event on Iraq at Boston U.  Watch this space for more details. The speaker is Zaid al-Ali, who will be speaking about Iraq's politics today.  
 If you are free, think about joining us.  
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On Feb. 11th at 4:30 P.M. you are welcome to come and meet the Iraqi Ambassador to the UN.  Mohammed al-Hakim is a very sharp and very nice fellow.  He knows Boston well, and he is very plugged into Iraqi politics (he is much more relaxed than most diplomats).  This will be a conversation, so you will find it easy to ask questions.  The event is at 1 Silber Way, 9th Floor (fancy place) and there will be light reception too. There is tea at 4:30.  He will speak at five and we should be finished before 7 P.M.  See:https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=743091882368986&set=a.369002106444634.99883.353124494699062&type=1&theater
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IIS organizes inter-disciplinary scholarship on contemporary Iraq
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The Institute for Iraqi Studies at Boston University 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, an Workshops on Iraq, and an annual conference.