Friday, April 04, 2014

Boston University Law School, April 4, 2014, 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

Protecting Syrian Refugees: Laws, Policies, and Global Responsibility Sharing

Clinical Professor Susan Akram and Clinical Students Aaron Lang, Sarah Bidinger, and Danielle Hites.

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Iraqi Studies at Boston U. (IISBU).

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

It is Spring and that means the annual Campagna-Kerven Lecture at Boston University: April 23 at 4:30pm

April 23, 2014
The Annual Campagna-Kerven Lecture on Modern Turkey
4:30 pm at The Castle, Boston Universtity
Prof. Ayşe Kadıoğlu
Memory and Democracy: Skeletons in the Turkish Closet

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Syrian Refugee Crisis

The Boston University Institute for Iraqi Studies has held two workshops on the Syrian refugee crisis.  The first workshop was held in March 2013.  The audio transcript and report are available on the website.  The report is also available from

The second workshop was held in January 2014.  The audio transcript will soon be posted, and the report was published on March 31, 2014.  (An Amazon digital version is also available.)  The 2014 meeting focused on the impact of the refugee catastrophe on the contiguous states, as well as the ramifications for Palestinian refugees.

A third workshop is in planning for late spring, 2014.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March 26th at Boston U.


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 

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

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Visions of Gulf Security 
"Courting Fitnah: Saudi responses to the Arab uprisings"

From a collection of papers presented at a recent conference co-hosted be Ca' Foscari University and POMEPS.  See for all the papers.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Watch for the news in Lancet or the New England Journal of Medicine

Stunning health announcements were made by Acting President Adly Mansour and some top Army generals.  An honorary general cum faith-healer startled the scientific world in late February with the news of his two inventions:  One was a 100% effective blood purification system using electromagnetic pulses, and the other a handheld gadget that could detect HIV and hepatitis C viruses.  General Ibrahim Abdel Atti also announced a kuftah (minced meatballs) delivery system for curing AIDS.

This is the kind of ingenuity and talent that will surely speed Egypt's economic recovery.  See the Economist essay.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

First-rate rate commentary on Egypt

Emad Shahin's concise commentary very well captures Egypt's fascist moment, as well as the profound economic problems facing the country, which are completely unaddressed and will no doubt surface repeatedly in strikes and rising discontent as the infatuation with Napoleon al-Sisi fades.  Shahin urges the U.S. to state the obvious, namely that Egypt is on a path away from democracy.  Since U.S. law requires certification of democratic progress as a sine qua non of continuing aid, such a finding would force a suspension of aid.  Given the unseemly rhetorical somersaults the Obama administration took last summer to avoid calling a coup a coup, I only expect that the administration will continue embarrassing itself vis-a-vis Egypt by validating the military government's avowals of its commitment to elections.