Administrative experience

University of Exeter

2017- Tasked with developing engagement strategy for University social science subject areas with counterparts in HMG 

University representative to HH Sheikh Sultan Al-Qasimi, the Ruler of Sharjah, UAE

2011-15 Director of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies

2010-11 Head of Department of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies Director of Research of the Strategy and Security Institute

2009-10 Deputy Director of IAIS and Director of Research

2007 Member of Military Education Committee Director of Centre for Ethno-Political Studies (EXCEPS) Co-Director of the Centre for Kurdish Studies (CKS)

2006-8 Member of Postgraduate Programme Accreditation Committee

2005-8 Director of Graduate Studies of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Director of Undergraduate Studies

2004 Director of MRes in Middle East Studies degree

2003 Conference Convenor for British Society for Middle Eastern Studies annual conference.

University of Durham

1999-01 Programme Manager of the Iraqi Kurdistan Research Programme

1997 Acting Programme Manager of the Iraqi Kurdistan Research Programme

Royal United Services Institute for Security and Defence Studies (RUSI)

2012- Director of Middle East Studies and Senior Associate Fellow 

External administrative academic work

2015- Member of the ESRC Peer Review College

2014 Board member of the Kurdish Genocide Task Force of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

2013 External reviewer of the Institutes of Zayed University, Dubai, UAE

2009 Appointments Panel for the President of the University of Kurdistan–Hewlêr(UKH) (Erbil) 

Advisory Board member of the Kalima Project, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2008 External reviewer of the Higher Education sector of the Kurdistan Region of
Iraq, at the invitation of the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government


2005 Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies (Beirut) advisory board member


2001 Centre for Kurdish Studies (London) advisory board member


                                                     Teaching experience
Undergraduate modules taught at Exeter
International Relations of the Middle East; The Arab World and the West; Nationalisms
in the Middle East; History and Political Development of Iraq; Politics and Economics of
the Middle East; Geography of the Middle East; Ethnopolitics: Theoretical Considerations and Case Studies; Politics and Reform in the Gulf; Dissertations


MA modules taught at Exeter
History and Politics of Iraq; Critical Kurdish Studies; History of the Kurds; Research
Methods in Area Studies; International Relations of the Middle East; State and Society in
the Middle East; Security Strategy in History and Theory; Security Strategy: Planning,
Process and Product; Security Strategy and Resources; Security Strategy: Implementation, Adaptation and Evolution; Crisis Watch; Simulation Exercises; Dissertations


Leadership, and Research and Teaching Innovations
2017 Tasked with developing strategy to further engagement between University social science disciplines and counterparts in HMG departments and private sector organizations.


2009-14 Appointed to IAIS Management Board to oversee transition from RAE 2008 to REF 2014. Responsibilities included redesigning IAIS research activities and overall performance improvements. REF 2014 saw IAIS returned as highest placed Middle East Studies department, and 3rd on Area Studies Unit of Assessment, with 45% of submission at 4*, and ‘Impact’ at 100% 4*.


2013 Led the design of a new Masters degree in Arabic (MArabic), intended to be
the UK market leader by 2020, including new ‘year abroad’ provision, work placements, and increased transferable skills.


2012 Conceived idea of a new ‘Strategy and Security Institute’ with Lt Gen Sir Paul
Newton, building the concept and presenting it to the University management. The project has since commenced, seeing three professorial, two senior lectureship, one teaching fellow, and administrative support appointments, along with a £2 million investment in a new building.


Designed new departmental structure, creating disciplinary programmes, tied MA programmes, and a new social science and humanities teaching approach.


2008 Advised on design of BA in Middle East Studies and Kurdish, and BA in Arabic and Kurdish.
Led redesign of Social Science Research Methods training programme for MRes degrees, subsequently approved by the ESRC


2006 Co-designed new MA degree in Kurdish Studies, and MA level module in ‘Critical Kurdish Studies’


2006 Led strategy for the Annual Monitoring Review (AMR) of PhD students

                                                   Professional career
University of Exeter (2002-)
2011- HH Shaikh Sultan Al-Qasimi Chair of Arab Gulf Studies and Professor of Middle East Politics
2012-15 Director of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
2011-14 Director of Research of the Strategy and Security Institute
2009-12 Deputy Director and Director of Research of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
2007- Professor of Middle East Politics Founding Director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies
2006-7 Associate Professor of Middle East Politics
2005-8 Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences
2005-6 Reader in Middle East Politics
2004-5 Lecturer in Middle East Politics
2002-4 Leverhulme Special Research Fellow in Political Development

2002 Honorary Research Fellow


University of Durham (1997-2001)

1997-01 Research Associate of the Centre for Middle East and Islamic Studies

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2017- Member of the Civilian Stabilisation Group (CSG) of the UK Government Stabilisation Unit

Non-Resident Research Professor, University of Kurdistan, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

2016- Visiting Professor, University of Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

2015-17 Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC

2015- Associate Fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)

2015- Elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS)

2014- Senior Adviser, ISIL Task Force, Foreign and Commonwealth Office led inter-departmental organization

Visiting Professor, Soran University, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

2013- Senior Academic Adviser to the Chief of Joint Operations (CJO), Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ), Northwood

2012- Senior Associate Fellow and Director of Middle East Studies, Royal United Services Institute for Security and Defence Studies (RUSI), London

2012- Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS), London

2012-14 Honorary Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Research Group, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London

2011- Visiting Professor, Northwest University, Xi’an, China

2009 Visiting Fellow, The Saban Center for Middle East Policy at The Brookings Institution, Washington DC, declined Visiting Fellow, Department of Political Science and Sociology and University Centre of Strategic and International Studies, University of Florence

2008-09 Senior Political Advisor, UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)

2008- Visiting Professor, Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies, Beirut

2007- Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)

2007-14 Associate Fellow, Penn Program on Ethnic Conflict, University of Pennsylvania

2003-12 Associate Fellow, Middle East Programme, Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House


University of Durham

1997-01 PhD Political Science

1995-96 MA (Distinction) in Middle East Politics

University of Durham

1992-95 BA (Honours) in Geography

Hulme Grammar School, Oldham

1992 4 A levels, all grade A. Governors’ Major Leaving Exhibition

1989-90 10 GCSEs

PhDs supervised in the disciplines and areas of Politics, Middle East Politics, Arab and

Islamic Studies, Gulf Studies, Kurdish Studies, Ethno-Political Studies, and Strategy and

Security:

Awarded PhDs (32, as of November 2017)

Awaiting viva Sait Keskin The Kurdistan National Liberation Movement: Paradigm Change and Transformation from National to Democratic Liberation

2017 Mohammed Kareem The Shaping of the Middle East: British Policy and the Kurdish Question, 1914-1923

Hajar Sadoon From Foreign Relations to Foreign Policy: The Transformation of the Kurdish de facto State into a Foreign Policy Actor

Hoshyar Ali Nascent Democratization: The Evolution of Kurdish Politics, 1992-2003

Luay al-Khateeb Towards a Policy Framework for Iraq’s Petroleum Industry and an Integrated Federal Energy Strategy?

2016 Jerry Thomas Climate Change in the Arabian Peninsula: Implications for Security and Stability Within the Region Sima Shahraki The Impact of Religion on Iranian State Structure: A Case Study of Baluchies in Iran

Cemal Ozkahraman The Securitization of Water: The Social Development Initiative of the South-East Anatolia Project Morgane Colleau Iran’s Foreign Policy Through the Prism of the Nuclear Issue: The Ahmadinejad Presidency, 2005-2013

2015 Elif Gozler Turkey’s First Participatory Constitution-Making Attempt and its Reflections on Ethnic and Religious Communities

David Hogarth Geopolitical Risk and the Oil Industry: Assessing Risk by Applying a Bayesian-Inspired Methodology Marjetka Pezdirc The Terrorism Complex

Johannes Cerny Performing Ethnicity, Enacting Sovereignty: The Kurdistan Region of Iraq between Group Solidarity and Statecraft (published by Routledge)

2014 Mohammed Ihsan From Blueprint to Genocide: The Systematization of State-Engineered Genocide in Iraq (published by Ashgate)

Rahman Dag Managing Expectations Between Political Parties of
Differing Ideologies: The Interaction of Pro-Kurdish and Pro-Islamist Political Streams in Turkey


Katherine Ranharter Gender Equality and Development After Violent Conflicts: The Effects of Gender Policies: A Case Study of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (published by Palgrave)


Cornelius O’Driscoll Throwing Water Over the Tinderbox: An Alternative for Kirkuk (supervised with Mary Alice Clancy)


2013 Christine Difato An International Relations Analysis of Citizenship and Intercultural Dialogue Among Minority Youth in Berlin and London: A Levels of Analysis Approach Kelsey Shanks Education as an Ethnic Defence Strategy: The Case of the Iraqi Disputed Territories (supervised with Mick Dumper, published by Routledge)


2012 Anaid Flesken Changing Ethnic Boundaries: Politics and Identity in Bolivia, 2000-2010


Shorsh Resool Reactive Nationalism in a Homogenizing State: The Kurdish Nationalist Movement in Ba’thist Iraq, 1963-2003


Sairan Barzinji The Role Played by the Kurdistan Regional Government in the Reconstruction of the Iraqi State


Ali Yusufu State Building and Constitutional Politics in a Multi-Ethnic Society: The Nigerian Experience (supervised with Klejda Mulaj)


2011 Paul Griffiths Memories of Violence in Cyprus: Conflicting Perspectives and Dynamics of Reconciliation Sabah Ghalib The Emergence of Kurdism with Special Reference to the Three Kurdish Emirates Within the Ottoman Empire,1800-1850(supervised with Christine Allison)


2010 James Harvey Over-Stating the Unrecognized State? Reconsidering De Facto Independent Entities in the International System Jacob Mundy Representation, Civil War, and Humanitarian Intervention: The International Politics of Naming Algerian Violence, 1992-2002


Fanar Haddad Sectarian Relations in Arab Iraq: Competing Mythologies of People, History, and State (published by Hurst)


2009 Mahir Aziz Ethno-Nationalism in a De Facto State: An Investigation of National Identity Among University Students in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (published by I. B. Tauris)


Marianna Charoundaki A Study on the Kurds and US Foreign Policy in the Middle East Since 1945 (published by Routledge)


2008 Anne Watkins Weapons, Cash, and Interests: An Analysis of UK Foreign Policy Towards Iraq, 1979-2001


2007 Khalid Al-Dhaheri An Arabian Approach to Politics: Environment,Tradition, and Leadership in the United Arab Emirates


2006 Hirmis Aboona The Independent Assyrian Tribes of Tiyara and Hakkari and Their Relations with the Ottomans and the Kurds,1831-1850 (supervised with Youssef Choueiri, published by Cambria Press)

Current PhD students (in International Relations, Political Science, Middle East and Islamic Studies, and Strategy and Security)


Middle East Politics
Izzettin Sumer Iranian-Turkish Relations Tobias Borck Arab Interventionism, Regional Order, and Stability in the Middle East 

Gulf Politics and Security
Enrica Fei The Rise of Shi’i-stan in the Politics of the Gulf
Cinzia Bianco The Security Architecture of the Persian Gulf
Raafat al-Shawi The Economic Transformation Plan 2030 of Saudi Arabia
Nawaf Alissa Foreign Policy Analysis of Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the US
Bassam Albinmohamed Towards Constructing a Post-Arab Spring GCC Security Model


Iraqi Politics
Haidar Al-Khoei US Foreign Policy and the Construction of Ethno-Sectarian Politics in Iraq
Tallha Abdulrazaq Strategy in the Iran-Iraq War Kurdish Politics
Mithat Ishakoglu The Alevis of Turkey and the managing of dominant nationhood
Chris Bowers The Political Economy of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
Shukriyah Mahmoodee The Kurdistan Regional Government: A Unique Experiment in Post-Conflict Reconstruction in the Middle East (1992-2014)
Rahi Barzinji A Comparative Study of Armed Revolution in Iraqi Kurdistan, Cuba, and Nicaragua
Anne Blanchflower An Evolution of Cross-Border Multi-Party Cooperation in Kurdish Politics from the 1980s to the Present
Allan Hassaniyan The Ethno-Nationalist Movement of the Kurds of Iran


External PhD/MPhil examining


External examiner of PhD theses at: King’s College London, School of Oriental and
African Studies (SOAS), London School of Economics and Political Science, Nottingham
University, University of St Andrews, University of Kent, University of Leeds, Birkbeck
College University of London, University of Lancaster, University of Cambridge (MPhil),
Durham University, Royal Holloway University of London, University of South Australia,
Brunel University, University of Buckingham, Free University Amsterdam, and the
University of Tubingen.


2018 Yaseen Hama, Federalism and the Challenges of Ethnic Conflict Regulation in Deeply Divided Society: The Case of Iraq. Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham.


Laleh Gomari-Luksch, Realism, Rationalism and Revolutionism in Iran’s Foreign
Policy: The West, the State, and Islam. Institute of Political Science, Eberhard
Karls University of Tübingen.


Yasemin Atalay, Energy Transitions in the Arab Gulf: Analysis of Challenges and
Opportunities. Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
2017 Dorina Kirtag, An Unshared Identity: Ethno-Religious Conflict and Fragmentation in
Post-Saddam Iraq. University of Cambridge.


Ahlam Al-Harthy, Gulf Security: A Critical Case Study Analysis of the Likely
Response of the Gulf Cooperation Council State to the Putative Iranian Disruption of the
Strait of Hormuz in View of its Strategic Importance for the Gulf Region and Beyond.
Department of Middle Eastern Studies, King’s College London.


Adel El-Adawy, The Guardians of the State: Examining the Political Role of the
Egyptian Armed Forces During Muslim Brotherhood Rule. Department of War
Studies, King’s College London.


Ibrahim Sadiq, Nation Building and Genocide as Civilising and De-Civilising Processes:
A Critical Analysis of the Origins of the Kurdish Genocide from Arabisation to the Final
Solution. College of Business, Arts, and Social Sciences, Brunel University.


Sangar Mantki, The Impact of Ethno-Sectarianism on Power-Sharing Democracy in
Iraq, 2003-2014. School of Politics and International Relations, University of
Nottingham


2016 Mohamed Salem, Iran and Threat Perception in the Arabian Gulf: A Case Study of
the UAE. School of Humanities, University of Buckingham.


Emily Blout, Mass Communication and the Construction of Power in Pre-Revolutionary
and Post-Revolutionary Iran. School of History, University of St. Andrews.


Salam Karam, The Making and Unmaking of the Iraqi Constitution Since 2003.
Department of Politics and International Studies, School of Oriental and
African Studies (SOAS), University of London.


2015 Jacob Diliberto, Surging: The Tale of Two Bloody Bailouts: A Comparative Study
Between the Outcomes of the American Surges in Iraq (2006-2009) and Afghanistan
(2009-2013). Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Birmingham.


Dilshad Khdhir, Dynamics of Kurdish Identity Formation in the Kurdistan Region –
Iraq. Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham.

2014 Sterling Jensen, Iraqi Narratives of the Anbar Awakening. Department of War
Studies, King’s College London.


Muslih Irwani, Implementing Social Security Programmes in Post-Conflict Iraqi Kurdistan Region: The Case of ‘Social Protection Fund’ and the ‘Rights and Privileges of to Families of Martyrs and Genocide Survivors’ After 2001. Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham.


Michael Pye, In the Belly of the Bear? Soviet-Iranian Relations During the Reign of
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. School of History, University of St Andrews.


Farah Shakir, The Iraqi Federation: Origin, Operation and Significance. School of
Politics and International Relations, University of Kent.


2012 Nicholas Krohley, The Death of the Mahdi Army. Department of War Studies,
King’s College London.


Yaniv Voller, From Rebellion to De Facto Statehood: International and Transnational
Sources of the Transformation of the Kurdish National Liberation Movement in Iraq into
the Kurdistan Regional Government. Deparment of International Relations,London School of Economics.


2011 Harriet Allsopp, Politics and Parties Among the Kurds of Syria: Historical
Development, Factionalism, and Functions. Department of Politics, Birkbeck,
University of London.


Ahmed M Abdel Hafez Fawaz, Opportunity, Ethnic Identity and Resources in
Ethnic Mobilization: The Case of the Kurds in Iraq and Abkhaz in Georgia. School of
International Relations, University of St Andrews.


2009 Annemarie Peen Rodt, Success? ESDP Military Conflict Management Operations:
2003-2009. Department of Politics and International Relations, University of
Nottingham.


2008 Robert Smith, Iraq: State-Building in an Era of Globalization. Department of
Politics, University of Lancaster.


2007 Suleyman Azad Aslan, Clashes of Agencies: The Formation and Failure of Early
Kurdish Nationalism, 1918-1922. Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London.


2005 Steven Wright, Analysing United States Foreign Policy Towards the Middle East
1993-2003: Origins and Grand Strategies. School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University.


Internal PhD Examining at the University of Exeter


2018 Clayton Swisher, PhD by publication.
2015 Mustafa Ustun, Reproduction of Armenianness in Diasporic Spaces: A Comparative
Analysis in Turkish, Lebanese, and British Cases.


Seevan Saeed, The Kurdish National Movement in Turkey: From the PKK to the
KCK.

2013 Nyaz Noori, Faces of Economic Inequality in Iraqi Kurdistan, 2004-2010.
Syahrul Hidayat, Islam and Democracy: Managing Moderation: The AKP in Turkey
and the PKS in Indonesia.


2012 Norafidah Ismail, The Political and Economic Relations of the People’s Republic of
China (PRC) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), 1949-2010.


2011 Jeffrey Moore, The Thai Way of Counterinsurgency.


Mohammed Ahmed, The Legal Status of the Kurds in the Middle East: The Twenty-
First Century Policies of Turkey, Iran, Syria, and Iraq Towards the Kurds.


2010 Amira Ben Musa, Globalisation and National Identity in Libya: The Impact of
Satellite Television on University Students.


Giacomina De Bona, The Impact of International Society: The Case Study of Human
Rights in Libya Between 1969 and 2008.


2009 Telmo Vieira, Euro-Mediterranean Securitization and EU Foreign and Defence Policy: Challenges for Mediterranean Regional Security.


2008 Kelly Gandolfo, The Politics of Identity: The Case of the Palestinian-Jordanian Identity in Jordan.


Naif Bin Hethlain, The Saudi-US Strategic Relationship, 1962-2006.


2006 Mabroka Bobaker, Political Alienation and Legitimacy: Assessing Citizens’ Attitude
the Political System in Libya: A Case Study of the Al-Orouba District of Benghazi.

Research Grants/Fundraising

Successful applications (all as Principle Investigator, unless otherwise stated).

Over £2 million awarded on grants as Principle Investigator and £1.5 million on grants as Co-Investigator.

2016 $200,000 from the New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Research Enhancement Fund for Islands of Stability in Fragile Countries: Explaining Statemaking Across Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. This is a two year project with Professor Michael Harsh (NYU-AD) as Principal Investigator and myself as the Co-Investigator.

2015 £933,246 from Economic and Social Research Council for Understanding and Managing Intra-State Territorial Contestation: Iraq’s Disputed Territories in Comparative Perspective. This is a three-year project, with myself as the Principle Investigator, and Professor Stefan Wolff of the University of Birmingham as Co-Investigator.

£10,000 from Chevron to support book production costs of The Kurdish Question Revisited.

£748 from Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, to develop project on Boundaries in the Middle East and North Africa Region, with Greg Shapland.

2014 £35,000 from Chevron and £12,000 from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to hold symposium on the future of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

2013 £43,000 UK government grant for funding of Middle East politics advanced research projects

2011 $130,000 United States Institute of Peace (USIP) unsolicited grant for project Iraq’s Foreign Policy and Regional Relations. Held at Chatham House

£50,000 Leverhulme Trust Emeritus Professorship to support a research programme focused upon the disputed territories of Iraq

2010 £50,000 Delphi Grant from the British Council for engagement with Iraqi universities

2008 £3,500 from University research fund to undertake Palestine Policy Project workshop as part of EXCEPS activities

£50,000 research grant from Prime Minister’s Office of the Kurdistan Regional Government to advise on conflict management strategies

2007 £283,000 ESRC grant Cultures of Repression: the Legacy of Colonial Violence and State Repression in the Maghreb, and its effect on North African Diasporas in Europe (PI Dr Jonathan Githens-Mazer, Exeter)

£17,987 extension to ESRC grant Cultures of Repression (PI Dr Jonathan Githens-Mazer, Exeter) Member of ESRC Seminar Grant award (led by Professor Stefan Wolff, Nottingham) to convene series on ‘The EU and the Promotion and Stabilisation of Conflict Settlements’

£30,000 grant from the Ibrahim Ahmed Foundation to convene a conference entitled The Kurdish Policy Imperative at Chatham House

£29,473 Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship for two-year research project entitled Between Kurds, Turkmens, and Arabs: Managing Kirkuk

£739,351 Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Award to establish a research cluster focusing on Ethnopolitics in a Globalized World Adjunct member of ESRC grant led by Dr Mick Dumper considering Conflict in Cities and the Contested State

2006 £40,000 ESRC ‘Impact Grant’ to research British military intervention and ethical statecraft (with Professor Tim Dunne, Department of Politics)

2005 Awarded £400 Overseas Conference Grant (refereed competition) from the British Academy Awarded $38,469 grant from United States Institute of Peace (USIP) unsolicited (refereed) grant competition for Investigating Political Mobilization in Iraqi Kurdistan (USIP-250-04F), September 2005 – March 2007

2003 £2,500 from ESRC (University of Birmingham) for ‘Iraq War Archive’ Arabic language component

2002 £65,000 Leverhulme Trust Special Research Fellowship

1997 Co-designer of University of Durham proposal to DFID for ‘Policy Planning Unit’ project in Iraqi Kurdistan, assisting the Kurdistan Regional Government(s) (total app. £950,000)


Fund Raising

Over £3 million raised for academic developments

2010 £1.4 million grant from the Kurdistan Regional Government to develop the Centre for Kurdish Studies through the provision of PhD scholarships.

2008 £1 million grant from the Kurdistan Regional Government to establish PhD and MA scholarship fund for Kurdish Studies.

2007 £500,000 grant to support a Chair in Kurdish Studies funded by HE Jalal Talabani, President of Iraq.

2004 £185,000 grant for new five-year Lectureship in Kurdish Studies at the University of Exeter from the Ibrahim Ahmed Foundation 

Contract research

2013 Part of Exeter-Aktis Strategy-RUSI team to provide analysis of Global Urbanisation and security, contracted by Red Scientific on behalf of DCDC/DSTL.

2012 Contract to advise on capacity-building of Syrian de facto local authorities forming in rebel-controlled areas of the north of Syria, with Coffey International funded by the Department for International Development (DFID)

2008 £50,000 PhD scholarship award from the Doctrine, Concepts and Development Centre (DCDC) of the Ministry of Defence, with Professor Tony King and Professor Tim Dunne

£5,000 grant from Doctrine, Concepts and Development Centre (DCDC) of Ministry of Defence to undertake research on UK military doctrine planning.

2005 Secured £5,000 grant from UK government to consider British military posture in the Middle East

Grant application reviewing

I have acted as a referee for the following grant awarding organizations: Arts and Humanities Research Council; Economic and Social Research Council; The European Research Council; The British Academy; The Nuffield Foundation; the Qatar National Research Foundation; The Leverhulme Trust; The Guggenheim Foundation, The Royal Society.

Books (monographs and edited collections)

1. The Islamic State, the Kurdistan Region, and the Future of Iraq. London and New York:Hurst & Co and Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

2. The Kurdish Question Revisited: Essays on the Transformation of the Kurdish Situation in the Middle East. Edited with Mohammed Shareef. London and New York: Hurst & Co and Oxford University Press, 2017, 705 pp.

3. Iraq: People, History, Politics. 2nd updated edition. Cambridge: Polity, 2016, 352 pp.

4. Iraq on the International Stage: Foreign Policy and National Identity in Transition. Coauthored with Jane Kinninmont and Omar Sirri. London: Chatham House, 2013.

5. Unrecognized States in the International System. Co-edited with Nina Caspersen. London: Routledge, 2011.

6. The Kurdish Policy Imperative. Co-edited with Robert Lowe. London: Royal Institute of International Affairs, 2009.

7. Crisis in Kirkuk: The Ethnopolitics of Conflict and Compromise. Co-authored with Liam Anderson. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009, 298 pp.

a. Arabic edition. Azmat Kirkuk. Beirut: Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies, 2009.

8. Iraq: People, History, Politics. Cambridge: Polity, 2007, 262 pp.

a. Arabic edition. Published by the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2009.

9. An Iraq of its Regions: Cornerstones of a Federal Democracy? Co-edited with Reidar Visser. London and New York: Hurst & Co and Columbia University Press, 2007, 274 pp.

10. The Future of Iraq: Dictatorship, Democracy or Division? Co-authored with Liam Anderson. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004, 260 pp.

a. Revised and updated 2nd edition. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, 278 pp.

b. Arabic edition. Iraq al-Mustaqbal: Dictatoriyya, Dimocrattiyya am Taqsim? London: Al-Warrak Publishers, 2005, 424 pp.

c. Kurdish edition in preparation.

11. Iraqi Kurdistan: Political Development and Emergent Democracy. London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003, 261 pp.

12. The 1995-1996 Yemen-Eritrea Conflict over the Islands of Hanish and Jabal Zuqar: A Geopolitical Analysis. Durham: Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Occasional Paper No. 66, 2001, 80 pp.

Books in preparation

1. Understanding and Managing Intra-State Territorial Contestation: Iraq’s Disputed Territories in Comparative Perspective. Co-authored with Stefan Wolff, Kelsey Shanks, and Argyro Karstonaki. ESRC grant output for submission to a University press.

2. A History of Kurdistan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, contracted, expected delivery date of early 2017.

3. The Kurdistan Region of Iraq Between Autonomy and Statehood. London: Routledge, contracted, expected delivery date of mid 2017.

Special Issues

1. Post-American Iraq. Editor. International Affairs, Vol. 86, No. 6 (November), 2010.

Undergraduate modules taught at Exeter

International Relations of the Middle East; The Arab World and the West; Nationalisms

in the Middle East; History and Political Development of Iraq; Politics and Economics of

the Middle East; Geography of the Middle East; Ethnopolitics: Theoretical

Considerations and Case Studies; Politics and Reform in the Gulf; Dissertations

MA modules taught at Exeter

History and Politics of Iraq; Critical Kurdish Studies; History of the Kurds; Research

Methods in Area Studies; International Relations of the Middle East; State and Society in

the Middle East; Security Strategy in History and Theory; Security Strategy: Planning,

Process and Product; Security Strategy and Resources; Security Strategy: Implementation,

Adaptation and Evolution; Crisis Watch; Simulation Exercises; Dissertations

2006 Hulme Grammar School R A H Mayers Memorial Award for old-boy achievements

2002-4 Leverhulme Trust Special Research Fellowship (post-doctoral award)

1999 University of Durham PhD Bursary

1997-99 University of Durham PhD Scholarship

1997 Kuwait University Arabic language scholarship (declined)

1996 Hatfield College Full Colours for rowing

1995-96 Hatfield College Postgraduate Studies Award

1995 University of Durham, Department of Geography, W A Moyes Prize. Hatfield College Half-Colours for rowing

1992 Hulme Grammar School Governors’ Major Leaving Exhibition Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council Gerald Pritchard Award for music Hulme Grammar School John Chadwick Award for music

19. ‘Metrics Don’t Make Reality’, Eurofuture: The Quarterly Review of EU International
Action, No. 6, Winter 2005, pp. 38-41.

20. ‘The Kurdish Dilemma: The Golden Era Threatened’, in Toby Dodge & Steve Simon (eds.) Iraq at the Crossroads: State and Society in the Shadow of Regime Change. International Institute for Strategic Studies Adelphi Paper no. 354. Oxford and London: IISS/Oxford University Press, 2002, pp. 131-148.



Journal Articles, refereed

1. ‘The Intra-GCC Crises: Mapping GCC Fragmentation After 2011.’ Co-authored with Cinzia Bianco. Accepted for publication by International Affairs.
2. ‘The Day After: What to Expect in a Post-Islamic State Mosul.’ Co-authored with Tallha Abdulrazaq. RUSI Journal, Vol. 161, No. 3, June/July 2016, pp. 14-20.
3. ‘The Enemy Within: ISIS and the Conquest of Mosul.’ Co-authored with Tallha Abdulrazaq. Accepted for publication, Middle East Journal, Vol. 70, No. 4, Autumn 2016, pp. 525-542.
4. ‘Review Article: Explaining the Aims, Rise, and Impact of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham,’ Middle East Journal, Vol. 70, No. 1, Winter 2016, pp. 146-151.
5. ‘Acknowledging the Suffering of Victims of Sexual Violence in Iraq: The Iraqi High Tribunal and Crimes Against Women’. Co-authored with Katherine Ranharter, Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 52, No. 1, January 2016, pp. 27-45.
6. ‘The Islamic State, the Kurdistan Region, and the Future of Iraq: An Assessment of UK Policy Options,’ International Affairs, Vol. 90, No. 6, 2014, pp. 1329-1350.
7. ‘The Long Term Consequences of Short Term Solutions: The Return of Unresolved Problems in Iraq’, in Annuaire d’Afrique du Nord et du Moyen Orient. Paris: Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI), 2014.
8. ‘Britain, the United Arab Emirates and the Defence of the Gulf Revisited’.Coauthored with Saul Kelly. International Affairs, Vol. 89, No. 5, 2013, pp. 1203-1219.
9. ‘The Unravelling of the Post-First World War One State System? The Kurdistan Region of Iraq and the Transformation of the Middle East’. International Affairs, Vol. 89, No. 2, 2013, pp. 259-282.
10. ‘The Political, Cultural, and Military Reawakening of the Kurdish Nationalist Movement in Iran’. Co-authored with Hashem Ahmadzadeh. Middle East Journal,
Vol. 64, No. 1, 2010, pp. 11-27.
11. ‘The Political Parameters of Post-Withdrawal Iraq’. International Affairs, Vol. 86, No. 6, 2010, pp. 1261-1268.
12. ‘Avoiding Ethnic Conflict in Iraq: Some Lessons from the Åland Islands’. Ethnopolitics, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2010, pp. 219-238.
13. ‘The Reformation of Iraq’s Foreign Relations: New Elites and Enduring Tendencies’. International Affairs, Vol. 86, No. 6, 2010, pp. 1395-1410.
14. ‘The Kurds in Iraq: The Struggle Between Baghdad and Erbil’. Co-authored with Liam Anderson. Middle East Policy, Vol. 16, No.1, 2009, pp. 134-145.
15. ‘Review Article: Challenging Assumptions of Middle East Politics’. Government and Opposition, Vol. 43, No. 3, 2008, pp. 497-504.
16. ‘Les parameters changeants d’un Etat Kurde: Entre Bruxelles, Ankara et Bagdad’. Co-authored with Liam Anderson. Études Kurdes, no. 8 (Septembre), 2006, pp. 7-36.
17. ‘Kurdistan-Iraq: Can the Unified Regional Government Work?’ in Arab Reform Bulletin, Vol. 4, No. 5, 2006, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
18. ‘The Implications of Elections for Federalism in Iraq: Toward a Five-Region Model’. Co-authored with Liam Anderson. Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Vol. 35, No. 3, 2005, pp. 359-382.

Journal Articles under review

1. ‘Displacement and Security: Inter-Ethnic Relations in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.’ Co-authored with Kelsey Shanks. Under review.
2. ‘Differential Statemaking: Explaining Islands of Stability Across Somalia, Afghanistan, and Iraq.’ Co-authored with Michael Harsch. Under review.
3. ‘Pilgrimage as a Serious Method of Nonviolent Resistance – The Special Case of Karbala.’ Co-authored with Katherine Ranharter. Under review, Critique: Middle
Eastern Studies.


Journal Articles in preparation

1. In preparation. ‘The Political Economy of Turkey’s Confused Kurdish Policy.’
Special edition of Journal of Historical Sociology.
2. ‘In preparation. ‘Yemen’s Federal Future’. For submission to Journal of Regional and
Federal Studies.
3. In preparation. ‘The Federal Strategy Unfolds or Unravels? How Federalism as an
Idea has Undermined Federalism in Practice in Post-Regime Change Iraq’. For
submission to Publius: The Journal of Federalism.
4. In preparation. ‘The Metamorphosis of the Iraqi Opposition to Saddam’s Regime
Since 2003’. For submission to Government and Opposition.


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