IMG_6360 Dr. Abbas Kadhim is an academic and author with research interests in Iraq, Iran, Persian Gulf, and Islam. He is a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute, SAIS- Johns Hopkins University and the President of the Institute of Shia Studies in Washington, D.C.  

He earned a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006.  Between 2005 and 2013 Dr. Kadhim was an Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs/Middle East Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. Prior to Joining SAIS, Dr. Kadhim held a Senior Government Affairs position at the Iraqi Embassy in Washington, DC.  He may be followed on Twitter (@DrAbbasKadhim).

He is the author of Reclaiming Iraq: the 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State, Austin: University of Texas Press, 2012; and “The Hawza under Siege: A Study in the Ba’th Party Archives“, Boston University, 2013.

Other publications include:
– Handbook of Governance in the Middle East and North Africa, London: Routledge, 2013.
– “Efforts at Cross-Ethic Cooperation: the 1920 Revolution and Iraqi Sectarian Identities,” International Journal of Contemporary Iraq Studies, vol. 4, issue 3, 2010.
– “Forging a Third Way: Sistani’s Marja’iyya between Quietism and Wilāyat al-Faqīh, in Iraq, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World, edited by Ali Paya and John Esposito, Routledge, 2010.
– “Beyond the Oil Curse,” Iraq’s Wealthy State and Poor Society,” in Bob Looney (ed.), Handbook of Oil Politics, London: Routledge, 2012.
– “Opting for the Lesser Evil: US Foreign Policy Toward Iraq, 1958-2008,” in Bob Looney (ed.) Handbook of US Middle East Relations, London: Routledge, 2009.

The Shia Sects (by Hasan b. Musa alNawbakhti), Translation with introduction and notes, London: ICAS, 2007.