Author Archives: Mehiyar

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

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

New imperialism in Iraq: how the US occupation helped establish but then cannibalised the Sadr City district council

From 2003 to 2011, the US-based non-profit contractor, Research Triangle Institute, was awarded $500 million to establish local government institutions. The effort to construct 1,000 councils was one of the largest funded projects in USAID history. In this paper, I

New imperialism in Iraq: how the US occupation helped establish but then cannibalised the Sadr City district council

From 2003 to 2011, the US-based non-profit contractor, Research Triangle Institute, was awarded $500 million to establish local government institutions. The effort to construct 1,000 councils was one of the largest funded projects in USAID history. In this paper, I

Strategic Heritage Interventions in a time of cultural destruction

The spectacular destruction of cultural heritage in the Middle East by armed groups in recent years has been widely covered by the international media. Heritage destruction is also however associated with degradation, neglect and collapse, which is deeply tied to

Strategic Heritage Interventions in a time of cultural destruction

The spectacular destruction of cultural heritage in the Middle East by armed groups in recent years has been widely covered by the international media. Heritage destruction is also however associated with degradation, neglect and collapse, which is deeply tied to

Returning to nature’s earth

I pulled myself together to make the burial. My friend’s dad fought a long battle with a vicious infection that was eating into his lungs – something he said was contracted on the Hajj, in Mecca. He had struggled for

Returning to nature’s earth

I pulled myself together to make the burial. My friend’s dad fought a long battle with a vicious infection that was eating into his lungs – something he said was contracted on the Hajj, in Mecca. He had struggled for

The ‘heritage turn’ in international interventions in the Middle East and Iraq

Since the 1990s, donor organisations such as USAID and the development agencies in European countries, have delivered projects geared to building the capacity of domestic non-governmental organisations, promoting human rights and women’s issues and constructing new societal relations on the

The ‘heritage turn’ in international interventions in the Middle East and Iraq

Since the 1990s, donor organisations such as USAID and the development agencies in European countries, have delivered projects geared to building the capacity of domestic non-governmental organisations, promoting human rights and women’s issues and constructing new societal relations on the