Mac Skelton

Dr. Mac Skelton is Director of the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS), and he concurrently serves as Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE) Middle East Centre. Skelton has led research projects on politics, displacement, and development in Iraq funded by the UK Department of International Development, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs, among others. His academic work has focused on the impact of conflict and political turmoil on healthcare in the MENA region, and he has published in the Lancet in addition to other scholarly journals. Skelton holds an MA in Anthropology from the American University of Beirut and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

Policy Publications 

Iraq's Political Marketplace at the Subnational Level: The Struggle for Power in Three Provinces. Conflict Research Programme, London School of Economics and Political Science. June 2020.

COVID-19: Assessing Vulnerabilities and Impact on Iraq. The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). April 2020. 

Why Iraq’s Protestors Won’t Go Home: 10 Voices from the Movement. London School of Economics. Middle East Centre. March 2020.

The US Presence in Iraq: Emerging Positions of Iraqi Political Parties. London School of Economics. Middle East Centre. January 2020. 

Protests and Power: Lessons from Iraqi Kurdistan's Opposition Movement. London School of Economics. Middle East Centre. November 2019. 

Security and Governance in the Disputed Territories: The Case of Northern Diyala. London School of Economics. Middle East Centre blog. Nov. 2018.

Peer Reviewed

High-Cost Cancer Treatment Across Borders in Conflict Zones: Experience of Iraqi Patients in Lebanon. Journal of Global Oncology, 6, 59-66. Jan. 2020.

"Iraqis’ Cancer Itineraries: War, Therapeutic Geographies, and Displacement" in War & Health: The Medical Consequences of the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. eds. Catherine Lutz and Andrea Mazzarino. NYU Press. November 2019. 

Iraq’s Disputed Internal Boundaries after Daesh: Heterogenous Actors Vying for Influence, London School of Economics. Middle East Centre. Feb. 2019.

Oncology in Iraq’s Kurdish Region: Navigating War, Displacement and Cancer. Journal of Global Oncology. April 2017. 

Changing Therapeutic Geographies of the Iraq and Syrian Wars, The Lancet, February 2014.