Prof. Amazia Baram

Amazia Baram is a Professor in the Department of the History of the Middle East at the University of Haifa, and advises various branches of the Israeli and U.S. governments about Iraq and the Gulf. In 2003-2004 he was a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. He also served as chair of his university department and Director of the Jewish-Arab Center and the Gustav Heinemann Institute for Middle East Studies at the University of Haifa.

Publications by Prof. Amazia Baram

The New Iraqi Government: An Interim Appraisal

In the present government there are 10 Sunni Arabs, 14 Shi’ite Arabs, and 8 Kurds, plus 1 Turkoman and 1 Christian. The Kurds are all Sunnis, as is the Turkoman, making 19 Sunnis and 14 Shi’ites, which is very generous toward the Sunnis. Historically, Iraq has been ruled by Sunni Arabs who represent a minority of some 15-18 percent in a state where 55 percent are Shi’ites and 18 percent are Kurds. Read More »