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On November 17, 2016, Dr. Kristian Girling presented a fine talk on "Baghdad College and al-Hikma University." While these Jesuit institutions were shut down by the Iraqi government in 1968, Baghdad College in particular played an important role in educating many members of the Iraqi elite. Listen to the lecture and discussion at the IISBU website goo.gl/Sf7XkQ 
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Eric Davis "Taking Democracy Seriously in Iraq" now available as a Kindle book
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Now available for free download as a PDF book http://www.bu.edu/iis/
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One aspect of military professionalism is accountability. Prime Minister al-Abadi cashiering of several dozen officers is an important first step, which comes following the revelation that 50,000 non-existent "ghost soldiers" were being paid and listed as part of the security forces. It is also noteworthy that he has closed the Office of the Commander-in-Chief that his predecessor had created in contravention of the constitution. 
Given the egregious corruption that has now been acknowledged by the Prime Minister, one might expect that some fired officers would be subjected to trial as well. We'll see.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has dismissed 24 senior interior ministry officers, a statement from his office said on Monday. It did not provide a specific explanation for their...
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Retired Colonel Joseph Núñez spent five years in Iraq. What makes him relatively unique is that much of his time was spent in Iraq's provinces, so he has been, so to speak, in the weeds. His talk is sponsored by the Institute for Iraqi Studies (@IISBU) at the Pardee School, 121 Bay State Road, First Floor, on November 19th at 4 p.M. I have known the speaker for a long time, beginning with three years as colleagues on the West Point faculty. This should be a fascinating talk.
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Coming very soon: "Taking Democracy in #Iraq Seriously" by Eric Davis. Will be available as PDF book.
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http://www.northeastern.edu/bcars/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Call-for-Papers-BCARS-2nd-Annual-Grad-Conference-Jan-6.pdf

BCARS, the Boston Consortium on Arab Region Studies is hosting its Second Annual Graduate Student Conference on April 18, 2015. Check out the call for papers.  The theme is “The Arab Uprisings, 2010-2015: Local, Regional, and Global Impact”
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My Harvard colleague Roy Mottahedeh delivered an excellent lecture (in 2011) in the Farhat J. Ziadeh Distinguished Lecture series at U. Washington. A PDF version has finally (!) been posted, and it is a splendidly readable and impressively erudite presentation titled "The Quandaries of Emulation". The understated title aside, the lecture is rich discussion of Manuals of Practice, emulation in Shi'ism, influential grand ayatollahs (esp. Sistani), the sharing of legal authority and other fascinating topics. Highly recommended. 
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Full audio and rapporteur's report now available for this #IISBU  lecture.  Go to http://www.bu.edu/iis/news/lecture-series/ 
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Eric Davis is a first rate scholar of Iraq.  His upcoming lecture on Sept 23d should be excellent.


Bustani Middle East Seminar
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
4:30-6pm | MIT Building E51, Room 376 (70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge)

The Islamic State and the Future of Iraq: Terrorism, Sectarianism, and Democracy

Eric Davis
Professor of Political Science 
Rutgers University

Dr. Davis is a Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University and past director of the University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies. His research has included the study of the relationship between state power and historical memory in modern Iraq, the political economy of Egyptian industrialization, the ideology and social bases of religious radical movements in Egypt and Israel, and the impact of oil wealth on the state and culture in Arab oil-producing countries. Dr. Davis has been appointed a fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University; the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin; the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University; the Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, Rutgers University; and the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis.

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How should we think about the future of Iraq? Does the recent seizure of large swaths of northern Iraq by the Islamic State condemn Iraq to constant strife, political instability and possible fragmentation? Or is there still a possibility that Iraq can find a path to national reconciliation and implement a transition to democracy? 
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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.
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