Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi
Founding director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East
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Amb. Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi is the founding director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East, a National Resource Center, at Indiana University—Bloomington, where he is also professor of the practice of international law and diplomacy at the Maurer School of Law and the School of Global and International Studies. He is professor by courtesy at IUB’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and is adjunct in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. He focuses his research on the processes of building legal and political institutions in countries in transition from dictatorship to democracy, especially the emergence of the rule of law in, constitutionalism, legitimacy, transitional justice, and the political and cultural factors that influence the process of democratization. He has also published scholarly, policy, and opinion articles on a variety of security issues relating to the Middle East. His book, The Future of ISIS: Regional and International Implications, which he edited with Sumit Ganguly, is scheduled for publication by Brookings Institution Press in the Spring of 2018. His monograph on the trials of the previous leadership in Iraq, The Iraqi Supreme Criminal Tribunal: National and International Dimensions, is under contract with Cambridge University Press, with an expected publication in 2018.

Ambassador Istrabadi is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He is Non-Resident Senior Fellow in Law at the Iraq Energy Institute He lectures often at universities and policy institutes and appears frequently in national and international media.

From 2004 to 2010 Amb. Istrabadi served as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary and deputy permanent representative of Iraq to the United Nations (on leave after 2007). Prior to his diplomatic appointment, he served as a legal advisor to the Iraqi Minister for Foreign Affairs during the negotiations for U.N. Security Council resolution 1546 of June 8, 2004, which recognized the reassertion by Iraq of its sovereignty. He was also principal legal drafter of Iraq's interim constitution, the Law of Administration of the State of Iraq for the Transitional Period. Before contributing to the reconstruction of Iraq, Amb. Istrabadi was a practicing trial lawyer in the United States for 15 years, with approximately 70 civil trials in federal and state courts, focusing on civil rights, employment discrimination, and constitutional torts.