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About the Director

Ambassador Istrabadi


Feisal Amin Rasoul Istrabadi is the founding director of the Indiana University Center for the Study of the Middle East, a Title VI National Resource Center. He is also a Professor of the Practice of International Law and Diplomacy, with his academic appointment in the Maurer School of Law. An alumnus of Indiana University, Istrabadi was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Deputy Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations in 2004.

Amb. Istrabadi was principal legal drafter of the Iraqi interim constitution of 2004. Based on his experiences in post-2003 Iraq, he focuses his research on constitutional issues, problems in engendering rule-of-law institutions, and post-conflict justice issues in the Middle East. Ambassador Istrabadi lectures often at universities and policy institutes, and he appears frequently in national and international media.



Amb. Istrabadi in the News


Amb. Istrabadi appeared on PBS NewsHour on 8 September 2014 with Judy Woodruff to discuss the country's recent campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Video available


Amb. Istrabadi appeared on PBS NewsHour on 2 May 2013 with Ryan Crocker, former US Ambassador to Iraq to discuss the country's recent descent into greater violence.

Video and Transcript available


Amb. Istrabadi's op-ed for at, The Disenchantment of Iraq. [March 18, 2013]


Amb. Istrabadi appeared on PBS NewsHour on Monday, September 10th, 2012. Amb. Istrabadi shared his insights on the governance of Iraq, sectarian violence, and the coordinated bombings of Sunday, September 9th. Video available here


NPR's To The Point on KCRW, Los Angeles interviewed Amb. Istrabadi regarding the current situation in Iraq and his own history in the region's government. You can listen by following this link. The interview begins 24 minutes into the show.


Interview on AlJazeera about the recent violence in Iraq.
June 13th, 2012 - Scores Killed in Iraq Attacks


Interviewed on the BBC program The World Today regarding similarities between Syria now and the Iraq of Saddam Hussein.
Segment begins at 26'30"


Interview on the IU Newsroom Blog IU INC.


"Profiles: Iraqi Politician and Diplomat"

Indiana Public Media, February 24, 2012


"Does Maliki Want to Become Unchallenged Ruler of Iraq?"

PBS Newshour, December 20, 2011


"Iraq: After Americans are Gone"

To the Point, December 13, 2011 


"Iraq's New Government:

How Will It Tackle Old Challenges?"

PBS News Hour,  November  11,  2010


"Political deadlock damaging Iraq security - minister"

BBC News,  September  7,  2010


"Current and Future Perspectives on Iraq"

As It Happens - CBC,  September  2,  2010


"Iraq's Stalled Government:

Which Blocs Will Form Core?"

PBS News Hour,  September  2,  2010


"End of Iraq Combat Mission:

Annotating Obama's Address"

PBS News Hour,  August  31,  2010




B.A. in Chemistry at Indiana University, 1986

J.D. at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 1988

LL.M. at Northwestern University, 2005

S.J.D. at Northwestern University, 2009


Selected Publications


Islam and the State in Iraq: The Post-2003 Constitutions, in: Rainer Grote and Tilmann Röder (eds.), Constitutionalism in Islamic Countries: Between Upheaval and Continuity (Oxford University Press, October 2011)

A Constitution without Constitutionalism: Reflections on Iraq’s Failed Constitutional Processes, 87 Texas L. Review. 1627 (2009)

Rebuilding a Nation. Myths, Realities, and Solutions in Iraq, in: Harvard International Review (July 8, 2007)