State deconstruction-reconstruction 2.0

In 2003, Iraq was invaded with a project to completely deconstruct the country, and ensure it was beholden to US patronage. The US pursued state dismantlement, namely the disbanding of its security forces, intelligence and army. Iraqis still live with

State deconstruction-reconstruction 2.0

In 2003, Iraq was invaded with a project to completely deconstruct the country, and ensure it was beholden to US patronage. The US pursued state dismantlement, namely the disbanding of its security forces, intelligence and army. Iraqis still live with

Why this merger is bad news for Iraq and international development work

‘Uniting aid with foreign policy’, Prime Minister Boris Johnson just stated, as he unveiled the new merging of the Department for International Development (DfiD) with the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO). What does this mean in practice for a place like

Why this merger is bad news for Iraq and international development work

‘Uniting aid with foreign policy’, Prime Minister Boris Johnson just stated, as he unveiled the new merging of the Department for International Development (DfiD) with the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO). What does this mean in practice for a place like

‘White Guilt’ doesn’t help us address a history of injustice  

‘White guilt’ has been one, albeit common, way ‘white people’ within some classes in the UK have responded to the troubled history of British Empire. White guilt works on the notion that white people in UK have benefited, or are

‘White Guilt’ doesn’t help us address a history of injustice  

‘White guilt’ has been one, albeit common, way ‘white people’ within some classes in the UK have responded to the troubled history of British Empire. White guilt works on the notion that white people in UK have benefited, or are

Protected: A Year of Living Dangerously

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Protected: The emerging challenges of US-European conservation projects in Iraq

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Why Iraq’s archaeology and heritage will continue to crumble

In the past few weeks Ive been writing quite a bit about the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage (SBAH), which is Iraq’s main antiquities state institution. I want to highlight a number of key points that readers may find

Why Iraq’s archaeology and heritage will continue to crumble

In the past few weeks Ive been writing quite a bit about the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage (SBAH), which is Iraq’s main antiquities state institution. I want to highlight a number of key points that readers may find

The selling off of Iraqi public land to political parties

Someone yesterday asked me about the nature of foreign extractivism and plunder of Iraqi public assets in Iraq and I now feel obliged to write this short piece to clarify a few things about how political party commercial interests operate

The selling off of Iraqi public land to political parties

Someone yesterday asked me about the nature of foreign extractivism and plunder of Iraqi public assets in Iraq and I now feel obliged to write this short piece to clarify a few things about how political party commercial interests operate

A snapshot of the Iraq Protest Movement

It is difficult to predict what might happen to the Iraqi Protest Movement over the next few weeks. One thing is for sure however is that the forces working against the wishes of the Iraqi people are enormously powerful and

A snapshot of the Iraq Protest Movement

It is difficult to predict what might happen to the Iraqi Protest Movement over the next few weeks. One thing is for sure however is that the forces working against the wishes of the Iraqi people are enormously powerful and

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Cultural (dis)continuity, political trajectories and the state in post – 2003 Iraq

Cultural continuity and the political trajectories of states are intimately intertwined. What happens to state institutions, how they are transformed through the interventions of external and domestic actors, affects heritage and its continuity in myriad ways. This paper looks at

Cultural (dis)continuity, political trajectories and the state in post – 2003 Iraq

Cultural continuity and the political trajectories of states are intimately intertwined. What happens to state institutions, how they are transformed through the interventions of external and domestic actors, affects heritage and its continuity in myriad ways. This paper looks at