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About Mehiyar

Dr Mehiyar Kathem is a researcher at University College London (UCL). Mehiyar completed a PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) where he researched peacebuilding interventions and the formation of Iraq’s domestic NGO sector after the 2003 War. During this research, he looked at the gradual evolution of Iraq from totalitarian dictatorship through the country’s emerging domestic organisations. His research interests include statebuilding, civil society peacebuilding and the ways in which development, politics and money interact at a local level. In 2012 and 2013, Mehiyar conducted field research in Iraq for his PhD programme, spending a year meeting with and interviewing domestic NGO actors, political parties, government officials and international donors. Previously, Mehiyar worked on a number of grassroots programmes geared to build the capacity of civil society organisations and continues to advise international donors on the effective design and delivery of projects in Iraq. He tweets at @mehiyar

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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

A Year of Living Dangerously

The knives are out, and another year of living dangerously awaits Iraq. With bottom-dollar oil prices and a drug-like dependency on oil to fuel something called the ‘economy’, this and the next year will ultimately see the unravelling of the

A Year of Living Dangerously

The knives are out, and another year of living dangerously awaits Iraq. With bottom-dollar oil prices and a drug-like dependency on oil to fuel something called the ‘economy’, this and the next year will ultimately see the unravelling of the

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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