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Feisal Amin Rasoul Istrabadi


Feisal Amin Rasoul Istrabadi

Professor of Practice; Professor of Practice, IU School of Global & International Studies; Visiting Professor by courtesy, IU School of Public & Environmental Affairs; Founding Director, Center for the Study of the Middle East; and Associate Director, Center for Constitutional Democracy


THE FUTURE OF ISIS: REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL IMPLICATIONS (Edited with Sumit Ganguly). Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2018.



Twilight in Afghanistan: An Introduction (with Sumit Ganguly), 55 ASIAN SURVEY 235 (2015).

The Limits of Legality: Assessing Recent International Interventions in Civil Conflicts in the Middle-East, 29 MARYLAND JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 119 (2014). [HeinOnline]

A Constitution without Constitutionalism: Reflections on Iraq's Failed Constitutional Process, 87 TEXAS LAW REVIEW 1627 (2008/09). [HeinOnline]

Preventive Use of Force: The Case of Iraq (panelist with H. Bienen, Jan Wouters, and D. Hannay), 4 NORTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS 74 (2005). [HeinOnline]

Reviving Constitutionalism in Iraq: Key Provisions of the Transitional Administrative Law, 50 NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL LAW REVIEW 269 (2005/06). [HeinOnline]

The Report of the U.N. High-Level Panel and the Use of Force in Iraq in 2003, 4 NORTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS 146 (2005). [HeinOnline]

Book Chapters

Introduction: An End to ISIS? (with Sumit Ganguly) in THE FUTURE OF ISIS: REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL IMPLICATIONS (Feisal Al-Istrbadi and Sumit Ganguly, Eds.). Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 2018.

Regional Constraints on the U.S. Confrontation of ISIS in THE FUTURE OF ISIS: REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL IMPLICATIONS (Feisal Al-Istrbadi and Sumit Ganguly, Eds.). Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 2018.

Sectarian Visions of the Iraqi State: Irreconcilable Differences?, in SOCIAL DIFFERENCE AND CONSTITUTIONALISM IN PAN-ASIA (Susan H. Williams, Ed.). New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Islam and the State in Iraq: The Post-2003 Constitutions, in CONSTITUTIONALISM IN ISLAMIC COUNTRIES: BETWEEN UPHEAVAL AND CONTINUITY (R. Grote and T. J. Roder, Eds.). New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Book Reviews

Book Review. A City of Two Tales, Al-Ali, Zaif, The Struggle for Iraq's Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy and Ala Hamoudi, Haider, Negotiating in Civil Conflict: Constitutional Construction and Imperfect Bargaining in Iraq, 68 THE MIDDLE EAST JOURNAL 633 (2014).

Editorials & Commentaries

The Potentially Profound and Widespread Consequences of September's Kurdish Independence Vote, THE NATIONAL (UAE) (July 10, 2017).

India and the State of PalestineTHE DECCAN CHRONICLE (India), (Nov. 3, 2014).

The Disenchantment of Iraq, PROJECT SYNDICATE (Mar. 18, 2013).

Sectarian War: A Two-Way Street for Iraq and Syria, AL-MONITOR (May, 28, 2013).

Iraq's Critical Election, PROJECT SYNDICATE (Mar. 3, 2010).

Reading Obama's Iraq Policy, PROJECT SYNDICATE (Nov. 17, 2010).

Out in Eighteen Months or One Hundred Years?, PROJECT SYNDICATE (Oct. 17, 2008).

Rebuilding a Nation: Myths, Realities, and Solutions29 HARVARD INTERNATIONAL REVIEW 14 (Spring 2007).

The Promise of Iraq's Constitution, PROJECT SYNDICATE (Oct. 3, 2005).

The Baghdad Bombing Must Not Deter UsGLOBE AND MAIL (Toronto), (May 18, 2004).

Iraqis Must Try SaddamGLOBE AND MAIL (Toronto), (Dec. 30, 2003).

Let the Iraqis Protect IraqGLOBE AND MAIL (Toronto), (Nov. 13, 2003).

Agony of the Innocents54 BULLETIN OF THE ATOMIC SCIENTISTS 3, 68 (Sept./Oct. 1998).

Sanctions Detrimental to Iraqis, Not Saddam (with Emil Totonchi), CHICAGO TRIBUNE (Dec. 13, 1998).