Zmkan Ali Saleem

Dr. Zmkan Ali Saleem is Senior Fellow as well as a consultant on research projects at IRIS. Dr. Saleem has served as lead researcher for projects funded by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Norwegian Research Council. He holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Leeds/UK and teaches in the College of Political Science at the University of Sulaimani. His doctoral research examined the domestic determinants of Iran’s regional security policies. Saleem’s later research examined the domestic and regional determinants of Turkey’s foreign policy toward the conflicts in Iraq and Syria. Saleem has contributed to the Fikra Forum at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where he focused on the issue of sectarianism in Iraq. His current research interests include the role of non-state security actors in shaping governance and stability in Iraq.


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.

Prisoner of the Deal: Nineveh's Governor and Local State Capture. London School of Economics. Middle East Centre. March 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. 

Peer Reviewed

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