Ahmed Ali was an IRIS fellow from August 2015 until August, 2016. During his stay, Mr. Ali will produced reports analyzing the most notable events taking place in Iraq at the time. Prior to joining IRIS, Mr. Ali acted as the director of the Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor and was a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Washington-based Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC). He has been researching Iraqi affairs for almost a decade and he is an expert in Iraq’s military and political affairs. He has written extensively on the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), Iraq’s military forces, Iraqi Shi’a armed groups, Iraqi tribes, and Iraqi politics. At EPIC, he designs and directs the organization’s research and analysis program. Mr. Ali has taught and lectured in several American universities and institutions. For four years, he taught at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute and has taught at the Naval Postgraduate School programs. He has lectured at The American University in Washington, Georgetown University, National Defense University, the U.S. Army War College, and Tufts University. Previously, Mr. Ali was a Senior Iraq Research Analyst and Iraq Team Lead at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). At ISW, he led the improvement of its Iraq program by designing new research methodologies and developing new products. Furthermore, he guided and led the production of ISW’s Iraq reports. Ahmed Ali was previously an analyst at Georgetown University where he researched and wrote on Middle Eastern affairs. From 2008-2011, Mr. Ali was a scholar at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy where he authored over 20 reports. Mr. Ali has written for leading American publications including the New York Times and Foreign Policy Magazine. He is a regular media commentator and has appeared on CNN, NPR, MSNBC, BBC, Channel 4 News, C-Span, al-Hurra television, Voice of America, al-Jazeera, Sky News Arabia, Radio Free Iraq, and al-Arabiya. He has also been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, AFP, Reuters, Foreign Policy, Time Magazine, McClatchy, and the Washington Times among others.