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Iraqi Politician and Diplomat Feisal A. R. Istrabadi

Patrick O’Meara interviews Feisal Istrabadi, director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East at Indiana University.

Feisal A. R. Istrabadi in a dark suit and magenta, with an Iraqi flag pin on his lapel

Photo: Adam Schwartz/WFIU

Feisal A. R. Istrabadi

Looking at the landscape now in the Middle East, we seem to be devoid of great leadership. But maybe some more popular movement will force leaders to behave in ways that are greater than perhaps their natural tendency—because I think the region and the world are tired of this dispute.

Feisal A. R. Istrabadi has served as a legal advisor to the Iraqi Minister for Foreign Affairs, was principal legal drafter of Iraq’s interim constitution, and principal author of its Bill of Fundamental Rights.

Previously he was a practicing trial lawyer in the United States for fifteen years with approximately 70 civil trials in federal and state courts, focusing on civil rights, employment discrimination, and constitutional torts.

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