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

Iraq’s New Statesman

A link to an article published for Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 3rd May, 2018. https://carnegieendowment.org/2018/05/03/iraq-s-new-statesman-pub-76244

Iraq’s New Statesman

A link to an article published for Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 3rd May, 2018. https://carnegieendowment.org/2018/05/03/iraq-s-new-statesman-pub-76244

US occupation politics and cultural heritage in Iraq

We often think of the destruction of cultural heritage, whether tangible or otherwise, as pertaining to acts of violence perpetuated by individuals or groups. No less is this the case than in Mosul, whose rich cultural diversity and social groups,

US occupation politics and cultural heritage in Iraq

We often think of the destruction of cultural heritage, whether tangible or otherwise, as pertaining to acts of violence perpetuated by individuals or groups. No less is this the case than in Mosul, whose rich cultural diversity and social groups,

Civil society, heritage, the failure of IR: some observations

This is an unedited, unfinished piece. Before we start to think about how to explore different uses and meanings of ‘heritage’ in Iraq, I think its important to critically explore the concept and practice of civil society in Iraq. I

Civil society, heritage, the failure of IR: some observations

This is an unedited, unfinished piece. Before we start to think about how to explore different uses and meanings of ‘heritage’ in Iraq, I think its important to critically explore the concept and practice of civil society in Iraq. I

A New Era Beckons for Iraqi-Saudi Relations

Iraq is witnessing a rare moment of confidence. The defeat of the Islamic State in the country, along with the Iraqi government’s proactive measures to prevent conflict from erupting over territorial claims by separatist Kurds, has helped Iraq start to

A New Era Beckons for Iraqi-Saudi Relations

Iraq is witnessing a rare moment of confidence. The defeat of the Islamic State in the country, along with the Iraqi government’s proactive measures to prevent conflict from erupting over territorial claims by separatist Kurds, has helped Iraq start to

I write to not forget

I write to not forget. To not forget my experience in Iraq, to feel alive and human; to not  become desensitised from the generalised malaise and constant forgetting that so easily becomes a defense mechanism victims of conflict unconsciously employ.

I write to not forget

I write to not forget. To not forget my experience in Iraq, to feel alive and human; to not  become desensitised from the generalised malaise and constant forgetting that so easily becomes a defense mechanism victims of conflict unconsciously employ.

Why political reform is essential to peace in post-ISIS Iraq

After some fourteen years since the occupation and invasion of Iraq, a US – UK experiment in ‘liberal peacebuilding’ that fundamentally transformed the Middle East, little has changed for the wellbeing of ordinary Iraqi citizens. The quality and provision of

Why political reform is essential to peace in post-ISIS Iraq

After some fourteen years since the occupation and invasion of Iraq, a US – UK experiment in ‘liberal peacebuilding’ that fundamentally transformed the Middle East, little has changed for the wellbeing of ordinary Iraqi citizens. The quality and provision of

The ‘project’ in post 2003 Iraq

Ive been meaning to write several blogs and articles on the topic of project failure in post-2003 Iraq. This blog is one of several on the concept and practice of the ‘project’ which I think is a useful and effective

The ‘project’ in post 2003 Iraq

Ive been meaning to write several blogs and articles on the topic of project failure in post-2003 Iraq. This blog is one of several on the concept and practice of the ‘project’ which I think is a useful and effective