Former Ambassador of Iraq Feisal 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 professor of the practice of international law and diplomacy in the Maurer School of Law and the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies. He focuses his research on the processes of building legal and political institutions in countries in transition from dictatorship to democracy.
Istrabadi brings a multidisciplinary approach to studying the emergence of constitutionalism in such societies, including questions of timing and legitimacy, issues of transitional justice, and the political and cultural factors which influence the process of democratization. Istrabadi lectures often at universities and think tanks on Iraq-related issues. He appears frequently in national and international media.
Areas of Expertise
Constitutional democracy, Iraqi politics, processes of building legal and political institutions in countries in transition from dictatorship to democracy.