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

An email from Baghdad

I was reminded of the following email by a friend of mine who suggested I should post it here. It is an update sent to friends in August 2016 about the situation in Iraq as I saw and witnessed it

An email from Baghdad

I was reminded of the following email by a friend of mine who suggested I should post it here. It is an update sent to friends in August 2016 about the situation in Iraq as I saw and witnessed it

Who is fasting?

It would certainly not be an exaggeration to say that the month of Ramadhan, at least here in Baghdad, is holy only for the few. Wherever I go, from friends to family to those further away, I see more people

Who is fasting?

It would certainly not be an exaggeration to say that the month of Ramadhan, at least here in Baghdad, is holy only for the few. Wherever I go, from friends to family to those further away, I see more people

Why I voted Out

The character of debate in the UK has been appalling and full of disinformation –  its mediocrity has illuminated the dire state of British politics. The Vote In/ Vote Out debate has largely focused on two topics – namely ‘trade’

Why I voted Out

The character of debate in the UK has been appalling and full of disinformation –  its mediocrity has illuminated the dire state of British politics. The Vote In/ Vote Out debate has largely focused on two topics – namely ‘trade’

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