ISIS Between Saddam’s Iraq and Iraq Today


Amatzia Baram

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On Tuesday, June 30, 2015 ICMES hosted Dr. Amatzia Baram, a Professor Emeritus of History and Director for Iraq Studies at the University of Haifa in Israel. Dr. Baram served on the Israeli desk of military intelligence as an analyst when the Iran-Iraq began in 1980. His Ph.D. dissertation at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem dealt with Ba’thi Iraq. He has taught at the University of Haifa since 1986. Between 1989 and the present Dr. Baram has been a resident fellow at numerous international research institutions including St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, UK in 1989 and 1990. He was a senior fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars three times in 1990, 1997-1998 and 2003-2004 and twice at the U.S. Institute for Peace in 1997-1998 and 2003-2004. He served at the Brookings Institute in 2002-2003, was a senior fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation Center in Bellagio, Italy and taught as the Goldman Chair Professor at Georgetown University in Washington in 1998-1999 and 2010-2011. Professor Baram lectured on Iraqi society with an emphasis on the tribes of Iraq for the American military between 2005 and 2009. He has advised the Israeli government since 1980 and advised the U.S. government about Iraq and the Gulf during the Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush administrations. Dr. Baram has been interviewed about Iraq by many TV and radio stations. He has written four books and more than seventy articles, which appeared in journals and professional magazines. In 2010 his book, written in conjunction with two colleagues, Iraq Between Occupations: Perspectives from 1920 to the Present, was published. His most recent book, Saddam Husayn and Islam, 1968-2003: Ba’thi Iraq from Militant Secularism to Faith, was published in 2014.