Sarwar Mohammed, Adjunct Assistant Professor | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

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Sarwar Mohammed, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Email: sarwar.mohammed [at]
Dr. Sarwar Abdullah Mohammed is an adjunct assistant professor holding a Ph.D. in Politics from Newcastle University in the UK. He joined Sulaimani University's Department of Politics and International Relations in 2018 to teach political economy, public policy and research methods. In 2021, he was appointed as a head of the department.  He currently teaches the political economy of petro-states at AUIS.
His research interests revolve around good governance and corruption, public policy, and the political economy of oil governance.


Abdullah S.M., Gary. T., 2022, Political Constraints on Economic Diversification in Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Energy Policy (upcoming publication). 
Abdullah, S. and Gray, T., 2022. White-Collar Crimes and Corruption at Border Crossings in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Causes, Effects, and Challenges for Reform. Journal of Kurdistan for Strategic Studies, (2).
Abdullah, S., 2022. Understanding Corruption in Iraq: A Theoretical Perspective. Journal of Kurdistan for Strategic Studies, (5).
Abdullah, S., 2019, Definition of Corruption in a Sectarian Context: Iraq as a Case in Point, Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Vol. 42, No.4, pp. 58-85.  
Abdullah, S., Gray, T. and Clough, E., 2018. Clientelism: factionalism in the allocation of public resources in Iraq after 2003. Middle Eastern Studies, 54(4), pp.665-682. 
Abdullah, S.M., 2017. Corruption protection: fractionalization and the corruption of anti-corruption efforts in Iraq after 2003. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, pp.1-17.
Abdullah, S.M., 2017. Clientelism, rent-seeking and protection: a study of corruption in Iraq after 2003 (Doctoral dissertation, Newcastle University).
Policy Papers
Tabaqchali A., Al-Shadeedi, H, Abdullah, S, (2021) Breaking the Impasse: the Baghdad-Erbil Budget Divide, Institute of Regional and International Studies, 
Abdullah S. (2018) After IS, Iraq’s Major Challenge is Corruption, Washington Institute,
Abdullah S. (2017) Why is Iran Against the Independence Referendum?, Washington Institute:
Abdullah S. (2009) The obstacles facing young people in respect of political participation in Iraq after 2003. Published in Kurdish, ‘Hishata’  Social and Political Journal (1), pp. 2-12.
Abdullah S. (2011) Corruption and political system performance in Iraq, assessing the anti-corruption efforts in Iraq in comparison with Hong Kong (Arabic language), is now ready for publication at Mukryani,  Center for Study of Political and Economic Issues in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq.