Gareth Stansfield is Professor of Middle East Politics and the Al-Qasimi Chair of Arab Gulf Studies at the University of Exeter, where he was between 2011-2015 the Director of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS), standing down for research leave between 2015 and 2018. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS), and elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS). He is also a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Global Fellow (2015-17) of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC, and Fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. He is a Visiting Professor of Northwest University, Xi'an, China, and Soran University and Erbil International University in Kurdistan-Iraq. He is also a non-resident fellow of the University of Kurdistan’s Centre for Regional and International Studies. Between 2002 and 2012, he was Associate Fellow of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House. From 2012-14, he was the inaugural Honorary Research Fellow attached to the Middle East and North Africa Research Group of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
A regular commentator and adviser on Middle East politics over the last decade, focusing in particular on the politics and political economy of Iraq, the Kurdish regions of the Middle East, dynamics of Gulf/Arabian peninsular security, and questions of post-conflict stabilization and nation/state building, Stansfield is one of a handful of academics to have lived and worked in pre-regime change Iraq for an extensive period of time, between 1996 and 2001, where he was funded by the UK government to advise the Kurdish leadership. He subsequently was a Leverhulme Trust post-doctoral fellow at Exeter, between 2002-04, where he focused principally on Shi’i politics in Iraq and then the impact of the invasion and occupation of Iraq. He has considerable fieldwork experience in a range of countries in the Middle East and Islamic World, including Iraq, Syria, the Kurdish regions, Morocco, the states of the Gulf, and Afghanistan.
He has engaged extensively with the policy-making community. He is a Senior Academic Adviser in the Command Advisory Group of the Permanent Joint Headquarters of the UK military; a Senior Academic Adviser to the HMG ISIL Task Force; he was part of UK (MoD) horizon-scanning initiatives on Iraq and Libya; and he was invited by ISAF to visit Afghanistan in 2011 to research the reintegration process (APRP). In 2009, he served as a Senior Political Adviser to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), with special reference to the situation in Kirkuk and Iraq's disputed territories, and has advised several private sector companies on their activities in Iraq, Kurdistan, and Arab Gulf states.
Since 2017, he has been a member of the Civilian Stabilisation Group of the UK government’s Stabilisation Unit. During his career at Exeter, he has held research grants from the ESRC, Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, the British Council, and the United States Institute for Peace.
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
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
Selected public lectures, presentations, conference participation, and briefings 1. Chairing of roundtable hosting Iraq’s National Security Adviser, Falih al-Fayyadh. RUSI, 14 September. 2. Academic consultant, RAND Europe seminar on Russian foreign policy towards the Middle East. Cambridge, September 2016. 3. Participation as external academic adviser in PJHQ Biannual Contingent Commanders’ Conference, HMS Juffair, Bahrain, September 2016. 4. Presentation to UK and US army officers on Kurdish and Iraqi politics. Erbil, Camp Zorbash, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, 24 July 2016. 5. Private meetings with Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, 23-25 July 2016. 6. Invited member and participant, Atlantic Council Iraq Task Force meetings. Ankara, Turkey, 20-22 July 2016. 7. Invited member and participant, Atlantic Council Iraq Task Force meetings. Amman, Jordan, 18-20 July 2016. 8. Invited briefing on Iraq, Department for International Development (DFID), London, 4 July 2016. 9. Invited participant, seminar on ISIS in Libya. UK military, London, 30 June 2016. 10. Invited presenter, seminar on ISIS. Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC), Defence Academy of the UK, Shrivenham, 29 June 2016 11. Invited presenter, seminar on Islamic State in Libya. Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC), Defence Academy of the UK, Shrivenham, 15 June 2016. 12. Invited participant, Cabinet Office discussion on Iraq. Cabinet Office, London, 6 June 2016 13. Co-convenor of ESRC-funded seminar on Iraq’s disputed territories. American University of Iraq – Suleimani, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, 26-27 May 2016. 14. Presentation at FCO roundtable on ‘Can Daesh be Deterred?’ Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, 18 May 2016. 15. Briefing at Land Intelligence Fusion Centre (LIFC) on Iraqi politics to senior Army official. Hermitage, 17 May 2016. 16. Convenor of ESRC-funded conference on Kurdish Politics in a Middle East in Flux. University of Exeter, 11 May 2016. 17. Convenor of ESRC-funded seminar Oil and Gas Politics Between Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. University of Exeter, 10 May 2016. 18. Convenor, Libya study day, Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ), Northwood, 19 April 2016. 19. Guest speaker, Eighth Annual International Saladin Days Conference on The History, Literature, and Future of the Kurds. House of Literature, Oslo, 12-16 April 2016. 20. Invited participant, Ministry of Defence roundtable on the UK Gulf Strategy and Middle East Politics. London, 4 April 2016. 21. Guest lecture on Daesh and the Future of the Middle East. King’s Royal Hussars, Tidworth, 31 March 2016. 22. Private briefing to Chief of Staff (Operations) of the Permanent Joint Headquarters of the UK military on Kurdish politics in the Middle East. 30 March 2016. 23. Invited member and participant, The Atlantic Council Task Force on Iraq. Suleimani, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, 15-17 March 2016. 24. Invited participant, the Suleimani Forum. American University of Iraq – Suleimani (AUIS), Kurdistan Region of Iraq, 16-17 March 2016. 25. Invited participant in Middle East and North Africa Experts Forum on The Arab Spring 5 Years On. Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 10 March 2016. 26. Paper presenter on Iraq and the Westphalian State Model at the seminar A Westphalia for the Middle East organized by Professor Brendan Sims of the University of Cambridge. Held at King’s College London, 2 March 2016. 27. Co-convenor of ESRC seminar on Intra-State Territorial Conflicts in Comparative Perspective: Causes and Remedies. University of Birmingham, 26 February 2016. 28. Public lecture on The Rise of ISIS as part of the Fighting Extremes: From Ebola to ISIS series of the Imperial War Museum. Imperial War Museum, London, 23 February 2016. 29. Guest lecture on The ‘New’ Middle East: The Return of the Nineteenth Century’ as part of the University of Exeter’s Global Conversation. Dr Sultan Al-Qasimi Centre for Gulf Studies, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 6 February 2016. 30. Invited witness to the Foreign Affairs Committee’s inquiry into The Fight Against ISIL: The UK’s Role. House of Commons, 26 January 2016. 31. Invited speaker, Regional Dimension of the Kurdish Issue: Conflict Analysis and Scoping EU engagement on Violence Prevention. EEAS of the European Commission, Brussels, 21- 22 January 2016. 32. Lecture to the Higher Command and Staff Course (HCSC) course on Iraq, Syria, and ISIS. Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC), Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham, 13 January 2016. 33. Invited participant in Middle East and North Africa Experts Forum on The Balance of Power in the Middle East. Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 10 December 2015. 34. Presenter on Western Interventions in the Middle East at the Centre for Changing Character of Warfare, University of Oxford, 8-9 December 2015. 35. Co-convenor of ESRC seminar on Iraq’s Disputed Territories: Actors, Interests, and Engagements. University of Exeter, 4 December 2015. 36. Guest lecture on The Islamic State, the Kurdistan Region, and the Future of Iraq. St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, 27 November 2015. 37. Guest lecture on Iraq’s Integrity, the Rise of the Islamic State, the Consolidation of the Kurdistan Region, and the Response of Baghdad. The Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Helsinki, 14 October 2015. 38. Briefing on the politics of the disputed territories of Iraq to Foreign and Commonwealth Office Iraq team, 1 September 2015. 39. Chair and presenter of panel on ISIS at Permanent Joint Headquarters, Northwood, 22 July 2015. 40. Briefing to British Army units deploying to Iraq as part of Operation Shader. Chilwell, Nottingham, June 2015. 41. Briefing to senior management team of Chevron on Iraqi politics. London, May 2015. 42. Guest lecture and panellist at the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) speaking on Overview of the Middle East and External Powers. London, RCDS, 13 April 2015. 43. Working Group Moderator of the Brookings Doha Energy Forum Energy Stability or a False Sense of Security – How Changes in Geopolitics, Political Economy, and Markets Alter the Energy Landscape. Doha, 25-26 March 2015. 44. Guest lecture at Kuwait Defence Academy, on Iraqi Politics and Regional Security. Kuwait City, 24 March 2015. 45. Convenor of Chief’s Advisory Group meeting for the Chief of Joint Operations at Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) on Iran and Regional Politics. Northwood, 26 February 2015. 46. Participant in Imperial War Museum discussion on Operation Shader. London, 23 February 2015. 47. Invited speaker at Foreign and Commonwealth Office seminar on The Politics of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Oil and Gas Strategy. London, 23 February 2015. 48. Invited participant and speaker at Shell Iraq scenarios event, with senior management of Shell. The Hague, 29 January 2015. 49. Guest lecture on the politics of Iraq and the Islamic State, Advanced Command and Staff Course (ACSC) at the Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) of the Defence Academy of the UK. Shrivenham, 27 January 2015. 50. Convenor of policy roundtable The Future of Kurdish Politics and Long-Term Policy Implications, held at Chatham House, 14 January 2015. 51. Guest presenter at UK military study day on the politics of Iraq. Nottingham, 16 December 2014. 52. Convenor of symposium ‘The Future of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq’. Funded by the FCO and Chevron. Hosted by RUSI, London, 10-11 December 2014. 53. Invited to brief private session of the Defence Select Committee of Parliament on the subject of combating the Islamic State, RUSI, London, 17 November 2014. 54. Royal United Services Institute breakfast briefing on Geopolitical Trajectories and the Next SDSR – the Middle East, alongside the Rt Hon Jack Straw, RUSI, London, 12 November 2014. 55. Invited plenary speaker at the inaugural Middle East Research Institute (MERI) Conference, Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, 5 November 2014. 56. Invited paper presenter at the Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (Italian Institute for International Political Studies) International Conference The New Middle East (Dis)Order. Paper presented on ‘Old and Emerging Players: Geopolitical and Economic Interests’. Milan, 23 October 2014. 57. Invited to brief the Shell Strategy team and Shell Iraq heads on Iraqi politics, the Islamic State, and the Kurdistan Region. The Hague, 10 October 2014. 58. Invited participant and presenter at the Government of Canada Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) workshop on The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria: Political Dynamics, Security Implications and Future Prospects. Presented paper on ‘Iraq’s Political Realities: Military Capabilities and Potential for an Effective Response’. Ottawa, 1 October 2014. 59. Invited to participate in closed-session workshop on Iraq and ISIS. FCO, 25 September 2014. 60. Invited to brief the Chief of Joint Operations (CJO), General Sir David Capewell, and senior staff of Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) on the situation in Iraq and Syria. Northwood, PJHQ, 23 September 2014. 61. Invited presented at roundtable on A Current Threat Assessment of ISIS/ISIL and Some Ideas for Policy Formulation. Closed-door roundtable discussion with senior Whitehall civil servants from the FCO, MoD, and Home Office. Royal United Services Institute, London, 15 September 2014. 62. Paper presenter at seminar on Perceptions of Security and Governance in de facto and Partially Recognized States. Presented paper on ‘Security Challenged? The Kurdistan Region and the Threat of ISIS’. School of Public Policy, University College London, 11-12 September 2014. 63. Participant and presenter at the Gulf Research Meeting (GRM) workshop on The Gulf and the US, presenting paper on UK-Gulf Relations and the Obama Pivot to Asia. University of Cambridge, 22-26 August 2014. 64. Invited participant in closed FCO seminar on Iraq: Counter Insurgency and Politics. Chaired by the UK Ambassador to Iraq, Simon Collis. London, FCO, 12 August 2014. 65. Invited to brief FCO staff focusing on Iraq. London: FCO, 21 July 2014. 66. Presenter at LSE Middle East Centre symposium on The Future of Iraq After the National Elections, presenting ‘Voter Mobilization within the Kurdish Population’. LSE, 25-26 June 2014. 67. Conference co-convenor of Syria: What Next? in conjunction with the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy and the Royal United Services Institute. Symposium held in Amman, Jordan, 6-7 June 2014. 68. Private briefing to HMA Designate to Kuwait, Matthew Lodge, on Middle East politics. Naval and Military Club, London, 3 June 2014. 69. Invited participant and presenter at Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) Conference, Ottawa, 11-12 May 2014. 70. Invited participant and presenter in panel on Turkey’s Middle East Foreign Policy of the Turkish Studies Programme of the London School of Economics and Political Science, London 25 April 2014. 71. Invited lecture on Kurdistan Rising? as part of the ‘Turbulent World: Maghrib, Mashriq and the Gulf in the New Era of Uncertainty’ seminar series, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, 24 April 2014. For pre-talk interview, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf_fueo3THo 72. Guest lecturer on the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) 18th Training Course in Security Policy, speaking on Iraq: Foreign and Security Policy Dynamics. Geneva, 13 March 2014. 73. Invited expert in seminar on the politics of the Kurdish regions of the Middle East. Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, 28 February 2014. 74. Invited lecture on the Advanced Command and Staff Course (ACSC) of the Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) of the Defence Academy of the UK, on Iraq. Shrivenham, February 2014. 75. Invited expert to seminar on the politics of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Turkey, and Iraq. Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, 6 January 2014. 76. Invited presentation to conference organized by Sciences Po and CERI on The Iraqi Kurdistan and the Kurdish Issue in Near Eastern Politics: New Dynamics and Challenges. Paper on ‘The Oil and Gas Politics of Kurdistan, Iraq, and Turkey’. Sciences Po, Paris, 22 November 2013. 77. Invited to brief the UK Ambassador Designate to Turkey as part of seminar group. Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, 19 November 2013. 78. Invited speaker on The Challenges to Iraq’s Security, Stability and Integrity at the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS), Ottawa, August 2013. 79. Invited speaker on ‘Geopolitics of the Persian Gulf’ at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, 31 May 2013. 80. Invited presentation on ‘State-Society Questions: The Case of the Kurds of Iraq’ at Iraq+10: Looking Forward. Conference at the Institute for Iraqi Studies of Boston University. Boston, 18-19 April 2013. 81. Invited seminar participation, Future of Kurdistan. Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, 10 April 2013. 82. Briefing on ‘Gulf Security and Iraq’ at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, 14 March 2013. 83. Invited presenter to the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) 17th European Training Course in Security Policy, on Iraq: Foreign Security Policy Dynamics. Geneva, 13 March 2013. 84. Guest lecture at King’s College London in seminar on Turkey and the Kurdish Regional Government: Towards Interdependence, Independence, or Crisis? London, 11 March 2013. 85. Guest lecturer at the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) HQ, speaking on Social Anthropology of Syria and the Wider Region. Gloucester, 10 March 2013. 86. Invited lecture to the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) on Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab States (GCC): Conservatism and Change. London, 6 March 2013. 87. Invited lecture on the Advanced Command and Staff Course (ACSC) of the Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) of the Defence Academy of the UK, on Iraq. Shrivenham, February 2013. 88. Co-led seminar on Iraq’s Foreign Policy in a Changing Middle East. Chatham House, London, 20-21 February 2013. 89. Invited speaker at Kurdistan Regional Government Conference on The Untold Story: The Kurdish Genocide in Iraq. Presentation on Understanding the Silence towards the Kurdish Genocide in Iraq. London, 17 January 2013. 90. Paper presenter on British Perspectives on Capacity Building at the National Strategy Information Center conference on ‘Opportunities, Capabilities, and Strategy in North Africa’. Washington DC, 28 November 2012. 91. Lead seminar on Actors and Processes of Iraqi Foreign Policy. Chatham House, held at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Washington DC, 26- 27 November 2012. 92. Seminar participant on Revolutions Without Paradigms at L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)/Institut d’études de l’Islam et des Sociétés du Monde Musulman, Paris, 15 November 2012. 93. Participant at UK MoD Development, Concepts, and Doctrine Centre seminar focused on the update of the Global Strategic Trends publication. Defence Academy of the UK, Shrivenham, 18-19 July 2012. 94. Guest speaker at Wilton Park Conference Impact and Challenges for the Middle East and North Africa One Year On from the Arab Transitions. 21-24 May 2012. 95. Invited lecture on the Advanced Command and Staff Course (ACSC) of the Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) of the Defence Academy of the UK, on Iraq. Shrivenham, February 2012. 96. Guest speaker at Wilton Park Conference Future Trends and Challenges for the Middle East and North Africa: Towards 2030. 18-20 January 2012. 97. Presented paper on ‘Federalism in Iraq’ at Foundation for Law, Justice and Society in association with the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and Wolfson College Oxford, workshop on The Promise and Pitfalls of Federalism: Constitutional Development in the Twenty-First Century. Queen’s College, University of Oxford, 20 April 2012. 98. Invited lecture on the Advanced Command and Staff Course (ACSC) of the Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) of the Defence Academy of the UK, on Iraq. Shrivenham, February 2011. 99. Invited lecture to the Centre for Global Energy Studies on Iraq, the Kurdistan Region, and Turkey. London, 10 June 2010. 100. Participant on roundtable ‘The Future of Iraqi Oil’, Chatham House, 24 November 2009. 101. Invited participant at seminar on Federalism and Power Sharing Arrangements held at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). Lecture on The Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Resolving the ‘Autonomy, Resources, and Territoriality’ Equation. Geneva, October 2009. 102. Paper presentation on ‘negotiating disputed territories’ at the International Boundaries Research Unit, Durham University, April 2009. 103. Guest lecture, Crisis in Kirkuk. Department of Politics, University of Plymouth, February 2009. 104. Guest lecture on recent developments in Iraq, Advanced Command and Staff Course, Defence Academy of the UK, February 2009. 105. Invited participant, Ditchley Part – Luce Foundation conference on Gulf politics, February 2009. 106. Chatham House Corporate Briefing on Iraq, 12 December 2008. 107. Presentation at Queen’s University Belfast to ESRC Conflict in Cities workshop. Lecture on Between Arabs, Kurds and Turkmens: Managing Conflict in Kirkuk. 26 September 2008. 108. Briefing to Middle East analysts on the Kirkuk crisis, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, September 2008. 109. Presentation at the Saban Center of the Brookings Institute on Shifting Sands, Moving Mountains: Making Sense of Post-Surge Iraq. Washington DC, June 2008. 110. Chatham House corporate briefing, September 2008. 111. Guest lecture, Royal Society for Asian Affairs, London, June 2008. 112. Invited plenary panel paper presenter at the UK Political Studies Association conference. Paper on ‘Taking Failure Seriously in Iraq’ on The Political Dilemmas of Contemporary Iraq plenary panel. Swansea University, 1-3 April 2008. 113. Lecture to the Kurdish-UK Friendship Society, College of Arts, University of Salahadin, Erbil, 26 November 2007. 114. Invited briefing, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution, Washington DC, 15 November 2007. 115. Invited lecture, 3 (UK) Div, Picton Barracks, Wiltshire, 6 November 2007. 116. Invited delegate, Forum of Federations Convention, at the invitation of the Government of India, Delhi, November. 117. Conference Co-Convenor, Chatham House conference on ‘The Kurdish Policy Imperative’. Presented paper and chaired panel, London, 26 October. 118. Panel chair, Chatham House conference on Turkish politics, London, 28 September. 119. Invited speaker, conference on Middle East Politics, Oxford Economics, St Anne’s College, Oxford, 26 September. 120. Corporate briefing participant, Chatham House, London, 21 September. 121. Presentation on ‘Muslim Politics and British Foreign Policy’ at Islam and Muslim Culture course for Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, Exeter, 13 September 2007. 122. Symposium co-convenor, ESRC Symposium on ‘Disunited Kingdom: UK Foreign Policy after Iraq’. Presented paper on ‘The Shadow of Iraq’. Exeter, 10-11 September. 123. Invited participant, workshop on ‘Divided Nations and European Integration’, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, July 2007. 124. Invited speaker, 3rd Conference of the Office of Iraq Analysis, US Government, Washington DC, 19 April 2007. 125. Participant, meeting with the Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the Iraqi National Assembly, Chatham House, London, 15 March 2007. 126. Invited speaker on Iraqi politics, Advanced Command and Staff Course, Joint Services Command and Staff College, UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham, 12 March 2007. 127. Workshop participant, Chatham House Middle East Programme, 9 March 2007. 128. Invited presentation on ‘The Future Security Situation in Iraq and Implications for the Gulf’, Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) Conference, Abu Dhabi, March 2007. 129. Guest speaker, Yorkshire Philosophical Society, York, 19 December 2006. 130. Conference co-convenor and paper presenter, ‘An Iraq of its Regions’, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, 12 December 2006. 131. Presentation to Statoil analysts on Kurdistan’s oil policy, Stavanger, 5 December 2006. 132. Presentation on ‘recent Iraqi politics’ at ‘business briefing’ at Royal Institute for International Affairs, Chatham House, London, 1 December 2006 133. Prize-giver, Hulme Grammar School Speech Day, Oldham, November 2006. 134. Invited speaker at ‘Investment in Middle East Oil’ conference, Chatham House, 6-7 November 2006. 135. Invited participant, International Conference on the Kurds, hosted by Institut Kurde de Paris, Erbil, September 2006. 136. Invited symposium participant, ‘Securing Iraqis’ Future,’ hosted by the London Middle East Institute at SOAS, September 2006. 137. Panel chair, The Global Gulf Conference, University of Exeter, 6 July 2006. 138. Presented paper on ‘Untangling Prospects for Iraq’ to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Mediterranean Special Group, Naples, 2-3 July 2006. 139. Invited lecture to the Joint Services Command and Staff College Advanced Command and Staff Course, Shrivenham, April 2006. 140. Invited participant at US government conference on Iraq, Washington DC, March 2006. 141. Invited presentation at the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS), Seaford House, London, March 2006. 142. Invited lecture to 1 Armoured Division, Sennelager, Germany. 143. Invited speaker at Royal United Services Institute conference on Transnational Terrorism, 16 January 2006. 144. Panel speaker at the Middle East Studies Association Conference, Washington DC, November 2005. 145. Invited speaker, Kurdish National Congress of North America conference, universities of Salahadin and Suleimani, Iraqi Kurdistan, November 2005. 146. Invited participant in seminar hosted by Institue d’Etudes du Securite (Paris) on ‘The Kurdish Issue and the EU’, October 2005. 147. Invited to present paper at Empire and After conference at University of St. Andrew’s, 21 October 2005. 148. Invited speaker at Democracy in the Middle East conference, Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, 7 October 2005. 149. Paper presentation at the BRISMES/European Middle East Studies Association (EUROMES) conference, University of Durham, September 2005. 150. Invited to give lecture to British Army, Germany, September 2005. 151. Invited guest speaker at the Ahmed Foundation for Kurdish Studies Conference, Boston, MA, September 2005. 152. Chaired General Meeting at Chatham House (book launch of Brendan O’Leary et. al. The Future of Kurdistan in Iraq at the Royal Institute of International Affairs) London. 30 May 2005. 153. Invited to brief British military officials of the Permanent Joint Headquarters, Exeter, 15 May 2005. 154. Invited speaker at seminar for Statoil (Norway) held at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (Stavanger), April 25, 2005. 155. Invited participant at US Government conference on Iraq, Washington DC, April 20, 2005. 156. Paper presentation at the International Studies Association annual conference, Honolulu, March 2005. 157. Invited lecture to the Joint Services Command and Staff College Advanced Command and Staff Course, Shrivenham, March 2005. 158. Invited speaker, Madingley Hall, University of Cambridge, on Iraq and Regional Security. 21 January 2005. 159. Invited speaker at U.S. Government Office of Iraq Analysis conference on The Future of Iraq: Nationalism, Ethnicity, Religion. Washington D.C., 2-4 December 2004. 160. Invited participant on ‘Kurdish Re-Nationalisation in Post-Saddam Iraq’ on Prospects for Kurdish Nationalism round-table at the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Conference, San Francisco, November 2004. 161. Guest lecture at the Middle East Centre, St Antony’s College, Oxford University, 12 November 2004. 162. Participant in RIIA seminar on The Kurds in Iraq. London, 30 October 2004. 163. Guest lecture at the Bath Historical Association on the History of Iraq. Bath, 29 October 2004. 164. Lecture at the Members’ Conference at the RIIA, London, on Can American Deliver: The Case of Nation-Building in Iraq. 28 October 2004. 165. Invited participant, ‘The Future of Iraq’, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Eleventh Ditchley Park Conference, 3-5 September. 166. ‘Iraqi Kurdistan and the New Iraq’, guest lecture at the National Defense University, Washington DC, 21 July 2004. 167. ‘Political Strategic Scene Setting’, Lecture to 1 (UK) Armoured Division, Herford, Germany, 13 July 2004. 168. ‘Scenarios for the Future of Iraq’, Politics Department, American University of Beirut, 8 June 2004. 169. ‘Internal Political Developments in Iraq’, Centre for Strategic Studies and Research, Damascus, 2 June 2004. 170. Participant in roundtable with the Institute of Political and International Studies, Tehran, at RIIA, London, 21 April 2004. 171. General meeting and book launch of ‘The Future of Iraq: Dictatorship, Democracy or Division?’ RIIA, London, 21 April 2004. 172. Lecture and book launch of ‘The Future of Iraq: Dictatorship, Democracy or Division?’ SOAS, 20 April 2004. 173. Invited participant for symposium ‘Iraq on the way to its new constitution’ convened by the Turkish Foreign Policy Institute, Bilkent University, Ankara, 22-23 March 2004. 174. ‘The Political Development of Iraq’, Joint Command and Staff College of the UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham, 18 March 2004. 175. Invited to brief Standard Chartered Bank by the Royal Institute of International Affairs on Iraqi politics, London, February 2003. 176. Spoke at Clyst Vale Community College on the Iraq situation, Exeter, March 2003. 177. Gave lecture at the General Meeting of the Royal Institute of International Affairs on ‘The Future for the Kurds’, London, April 2003. 178. Invited to brief Institute of War and Peace Reporting on the Iraq War, London, April 2003. 179. Book launch of ‘Iraqi Kurdistan: Political Development and Emergent Democracy. Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, May 2003. 180. Participant in seminar on Iraq, Institute for Contemporary Arts, London, June 2003. 181. Regular member of ‘Iraq Policy Group’, regular meetings, London, summer 2003. 182. Paper on ‘Communalism in Iraq’ at the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies conference, Exeter, July 2003. 183. Invited to lecture to the Kurdistan Scientific and Medical Association on ‘Iraqi Kurdistan and Federalism’. London, October 2003. 184. Invited lecture to University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 23 October 2003 185. Invited lecture to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Victoria University, Wellington, 19 October 2003. 186. Invited lecture to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Timaru branch, 22 October 2003. 187. Invited participant for symposium held at the Crown Prince’s Court, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 12 October 2003. 188. ‘The New Iraq: Toward the Institutionalization of Communal Identity’, invited presenter at international conference on ‘Post Saddam Iraq: New Challenges and Prospects in the Middle East. Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, 10 October 2003. 189. Invited presenter on the Middle East Forum at RUSI, London, 18 September 2003. 190. Invited to brief European Commissioner for External Relations (Chris Patten) on Iraqi politics. Brussels, 10 June 2003. 191. ‘Winning the Peace in Iraq,’ lecture at the Council for the Advancement of Arab- British Understanding, London, 15 May 2003. 192. ‘The Behaviour of Iraq in the International System’, Joint Command and Staff College, Defence Academy of the UK, Shrivenham, 20 March 2003. 193. ‘The Managed Partition of Iraq’, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, 18 February 2003. 194. Invited to present paper on ‘Changing Political Authority in Iraq’, at seminar at the London Middle East Institute, SOAS, London, October 2003. 195. Chaired viewing of ‘An Independent Camera in Kurdistan’, Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, November 2003. 196. Guest lecturer at the Institute of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, University of Durham, on ‘The ‘Democracy Dilemma in Iraq’, November 2003. 197. Invited to lecture to US government analysts on Iraqi politics. Washington DC, 13 October 2002. 198. Invited to present paper on the ‘Iraqi Opposition’ at the Royal Institute for International Affairs, London, December 2002. 199. Briefed CEO of the HOBE Corporation on ‘economic development in the Middle East and North Africa’, Washington DC, December 2002. 200. Invited participant in workshop on ‘Iraq at the Crossroads’, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, 18 September 2002. 201. ‘Iraqi Kurdish Political Dynamics’, briefing to Swiss Office of Refugees, Ministry of Justice, Bern, 8 May 2002. 202. ‘Political Development of Iraqi Kurdistan’, invited lecture to the National Defense University, Washington DC, December 2001. 203. Guest lecture at the Department of Anthropology, University of Durham on ‘Iraq: Geopolitics and State Building’, May 2001. 204. Invited to brief officials from the US State Department on ‘Iraqi Kurdish politics’, Washington DC, December 2001. 205. ‘Future Humanitarian Needs in Iraq’, paper presented at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, 2001. 206. Guest lecture at the Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, on ‘Political developments in Iraqi Kurdistan’, October, 2001. 207. Invited to brief the Foreign Affairs Bureau of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan on ‘Foreign Policy Options for the Iraqi Kurds’, Suleimaniyah, June 2000. 208. Headed series of seminars with the Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Regional Government on a ‘Coordinated Planning Initiative’. Summer, 2000. 209. Invited to lecture to US government analysts on the ‘Political Dynamics of Iraqi Kurdistan’ at the National Defense University, Washington DC, November 1999. 210. Briefed US State Department officials on Iraqi Kurdish politics, Washington DC, November 1999. 211. Invited lecture on ‘structures and mechanisms of Kurdish parties’ at the Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, University of Durham, 1999. 212. Participated in workshop on ‘Iraqi Kurdish developmental issues’, at the Department for International Development, London, 1999. 213. Led seminar on ‘Capacity-Building Measures’ for the Council of Ministers, Kurdistan Regional Government, Erbil, July 1999. 214. Invited to speak to the Senior Common Room of the College of St. Hild and St. Bede at the University of Durham on ‘Contemporary Kurdistan’. October 1999. 215. ‘UN Security Council Resolutions regarding Iraq’, invited lecture to the Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, University of Durham, 1997. 216. ‘UN Security Council Resolution 986 and Iraqi Kurdistan’, seminar presentation at the Department for International Development, London, 1997.
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
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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.