"Current Topics in Progress"
1. Impediments to Democratic and Good Governance in Iraqi Kurdistan Looks at six disorders that Kurdistan suffers: the so-called Russian over-centralization model, the Egyptian Syndrome, the Palestinian Syndrome, the Dutch Disease, the Algerian Syndrome, and the all-Arab syndrome.
2. Religious Tolerance in Iraq: The Case of the Christians, Mandrans, Shabak and Yezidis Religious intolerance has a far reaching complex causality, extending from the emergence of violent social actors, to the spread of new, intolerant, theological ethos and /or discourses; to rigid educational systems, to empowered but unregulated clerical class, to competition over business and land, to constitutional and legal void that indirectly let intolerance loose.
3. The Young Generation and Modern Middle Classes in the Arab Spring The young generation is at the forefront of the massive social movements spreading across the region, which operate in various political and social contexts Preliminary field observation seem to suggest this generation has a new set of values, new lifestyles, new expectations, new perspectives, new apprehensions, and new systems of communications. How this generation did take shape; whence and how they derived their ideals; how did they organize, what is their future development; how do they relate to Ďoldí established organized oppositional politics, and so on.
4. Religious Tolerance in Iraq The Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies (IIST) in Beirut focuses on Iraqi issues and has, from its conception, paid special attention to the issue of intolerance and national reconciliation. IIST publishes widely-distributed studies, facilitates conferences, and trains Iraqis (civic education) in concepts concerned with this issue.