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

The troubling political economy of Iraq’s Shia Clerical Establishment

When the US invaded Iraq in 2003 it subsequently disbanded the country’s Army, dismantled its security infrastructure and instituted an extensive set of occupation policies that seemingly made it the main political, security and economic actor in the country. The

The troubling political economy of Iraq’s Shia Clerical Establishment

When the US invaded Iraq in 2003 it subsequently disbanded the country’s Army, dismantled its security infrastructure and instituted an extensive set of occupation policies that seemingly made it the main political, security and economic actor in the country. The

The dangers of Peaceland

It is always worrying when academics dismiss honest discussion about the issues that affect our lives and in particular the lives of those we intend to help in international development. This was the case today at the Peaceland: Conflict Resolution

The dangers of Peaceland

It is always worrying when academics dismiss honest discussion about the issues that affect our lives and in particular the lives of those we intend to help in international development. This was the case today at the Peaceland: Conflict Resolution

Why many British Muslims sympathise with the Islamic State

Just after the first parliamentary elections in January 2005, eleven innocent civilians were massacred outside my dad’s house in Baghdad. I was sleeping when I heard the deafening gunshots, thinking it was in the kitchen. The terrorists were shouting God

Why many British Muslims sympathise with the Islamic State

Just after the first parliamentary elections in January 2005, eleven innocent civilians were massacred outside my dad’s house in Baghdad. I was sleeping when I heard the deafening gunshots, thinking it was in the kitchen. The terrorists were shouting God

How Millions Of Western Taxpayer’s Money Ended up with an Iraqi NGO Cartel

Why have millions of US, UN and EU money ended up in the pockets of political party NGOs in Iraq? Well, the answer is quite simple, at least to me. Starting from 2003, the US occupation along with its Iraqi partners institutionalized a

How Millions Of Western Taxpayer’s Money Ended up with an Iraqi NGO Cartel

Why have millions of US, UN and EU money ended up in the pockets of political party NGOs in Iraq? Well, the answer is quite simple, at least to me. Starting from 2003, the US occupation along with its Iraqi partners institutionalized a