Iraq

2016 Oct 01

'Homeland (Iraq Year Zero)'

(All day)

Location: 

Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Film Archive is pleased to present

Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) by Abbas FahdelHomeland (Iraq Year Zero) poster

Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) is a riveting home-movie chronicle of life in Iraq before and after the US invasion....

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2016 Sep 27

Gendering Salafi Authority

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

The CMES Director's Series presents

Richard NielsenRichard Nielsen
Assistant Professor of Political Science, MIT

Richard Nielsen is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at MIT. He completed his PhD (Government) and AM (Statistics) at Harvard University, and holds a BA...

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2016 Mar 08

Book talk: "The Emergence of Modern Shi'ism: Islamic Reform in Iraq and Iran"

4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Harvard Iranian Students Association present

Zackery M. Heern
Assistant Professor, Middle East and Islamic Studies, Department of History, Idaho State University

After the talk (5:45-6:15), Professor Heern will be selling and signing copies of The Emergence of Modern Shi'ism: Islamic Reform in Iraq and Iran at the Harvard Coop in Harvard Square.... Read more about Book talk: "The Emergence of Modern Shi'ism: Islamic Reform in Iraq and Iran"

2016 Feb 16

What is Islamic in the Islamic State?

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies present

Jocelyne Cesari
Chair of Religion and Politics, University of Birmingham, UK; Senior research fellow, Georgetown University’s Berkley Center on Religion, Peace and World Affairs; Visiting Professor of Religion and Politics and Associate, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, director, interfaculty program Islam in the West, Harvard University... Read more about What is Islamic in the Islamic State?

2015 Dec 10

Terror in the Name of God

4:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies presents

Jessica Stern
Fellow, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Research Professor, Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University; co-author of ISIS: The State of Terror... Read more about Terror in the Name of God

Seven Years of Occupation in Iraq and What For?

August 1, 2010

By Roger Owen

The departure of the last US combat troops from Iraq has been the occasion for much comment in North America. Nevertheless, much of it seems to miss the point. For one thing, it is almost always based on the typically American assumption that things might have gone better with better planning or sounder local knowledge or a different military strategy. But, as I have argued many times before, a modern occupation is bound to run into serious difficulties, however well executed and thought through, and, therefore, should only be embarked upon in the most...

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Iraq's Future: Roughly Divided Into Three Again?

June 20, 2014

By Roger Owen

The surprising and in many ways shocking emergence of ISIS as one of the best trained, best financed, and most highly motivated and militarily effective fighting forces in the Arab east has led to much talk of an erasure of the old colonial-period Sykes-Picot boundary that artificially divided Syria and Iraq. But though there is an element of truth in this, the issue is much more complex and best viewed by looking at the origins of the modern state of Iraq from a more detailed historical perspective.

Note first that while...

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News from Iraq Becomes More, Deliberately, Personal and More Difficult to Interpret

September 4, 2014

By Roger Owen

America’s long academic summer vacations are usually quiet times for writing and reflection with little disturbing news from the national or international arena. So it was this year too at Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies with our graduate students scattered around the world and only a limited audience for a discussion I organized in early August to try to understand more about Israel’s far-away Gaza War.... Read more about News from Iraq Becomes More, Deliberately, Personal and More Difficult to Interpret

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