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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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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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The alienation of Iraqi Sunnis from the al-Maliki government is well known.  This piece on the kidnapping and release of Riyadh al-Adhadh provides a sense of the mayhem inspires Sunni distress.
Riyadh al-Adhadh, the Sunni president of Baghdad’s provincial council, returned home on Saturday after he was released by Shiite militiamen.
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This  lecture on Turkey reconciling with its past may be of interest.
As some of you will recall, in April Ayşe Kadıoğlu, Dean Faculty at Sabanci University gave a thoughtful and gutsy talk at Boston University.  The streaming video of the lecture is now available on the CKLS website (where you...
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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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The Kufa Review publishes Arabic and English articles on historical, political, philosophic and linguistic topics. The journal has just won prize for being the best peer-reviewed journal in Iraq. The co-editors-in-chief of the journal are Hassan Nadhem and Abbas Kadhim (an IISBU senior fellow).
Congratulations to Hassan and Abbas for their first-rate accomplishment, and for all the hard work they have invested in making the journal a success.
A note of thanks is also due to President Akeel Abed Yasseen (who leads the University of Kufa) who has had the vision to make the journal possible.
All issues of the journal are available for download as PDFs.
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The Kufa Review publishes Arabic and English articles on historical, political, philosophic and linguistic topics. The journal has just won prize for being the best peer-reviewed journal in Iraq. The co-editors-in-chief of the journal are Hassan Nadhem and Abbas Kadhim (an IISBU senior fellow).
Congratulations to Hassan and Abbas for their first-rate accomplishment, and for all the hard work they have invested in making the journal a success.
A note of thanks is also due to President Akeel Abed Yasseen (who leads the University of Kufa) who has had the vision to make the journal possible.
All issues of the journal are available for download as PDFs.
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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.