Current Fellows

John Holland-McCowan

John Holland-McCowan is a resident IRIS Fellow from October 2018 – December 2018. He is currently pursuing his PhD at King’s College London’s Department of War Studies. He also serves as a Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s College London. His PhD research analyzes to what degree scholarly understandings of insurgencies can account for the YPG and ISIS’s rival campaigns from mid 2014 to...

Camilla Insom

Camilla Insom is an IRIS research fellow for the period from September 2018 to September 2019. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the Department of Asian, African and Mediterranean Studies at “L’Orientale” University of Naples. She is also a member of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Iraqi Kurdistan of Sapienza University of Rome. Her research project investigates patterns of change and continuity in social relations, religious beliefs and practices arising from the...

Mohammed Hussein

Mohammed Hussein joined IRIS as a nonresident fellow in July 2018. He is researcher and journalist based in Iraqi Kurdistan who holds a Master's of Science in Specialized Economic Analysis: Economics of Public Policy from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. He has covered ISIS in Iraq (2014-2017) for Foreign Affairs, Iraq Oil Report, and Awene (an independent Kurdish news-outlet.) His research focuses on Iraq’s oil-based economy, oil-driven public policies, and the disputed...

Zmkan Ali

Zmkan Ali Saleem is an academic and researcher based in Iraqi Kurdistan. 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 research examined the domestic determinants of Iran and Turkey’s regional security policies. Saleem contributes to the Fikra Forum at Washington Institute where he has focused on the issue of ethno- sectarianism in Iraq and its...

Nicola Degli Esposti

Nicola Degli Esposti joined IRIS as a fellow in July 2018. He is currently pursuing his PhD in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research project investigates the development of the Kurdish national movement in historical and sociological perspective with a focus on the interaction between class and nationalism. He is also interested in International Relations theory, nationalism studies, and in the foreign policy of non-state actors and political...

Fazel Hawramy

Fazel Hawramy is an investigative journalist/researcher based in Iraqi Kurdistan. He holds an MSc in Middle East Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He covered the war with the Islamic State in northern Iraq from 2014 until 2017 for the Guardian, Al-Monitor and Hawlati, an independent daily in Iraqi Kurdistan. He is the author of a forthcoming book about the origin and development of the Peshmerga and...

Renad Mansour

Dr. Renad Mansour joined IRIS as a nonresident fellow in February 2018. He is currently a Research Fellow in the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House, where his research explores dilemmas posed by state-building in Iraq. Prior to joining Chatham House and IRIS, he was an El-Erian fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Centre, where he examined Iraq, Iran and Kurdish affairs. He is also a research fellow at the Cambridge Security...

Isadora Gotts

Isadora Gotts joined IRIS as a fellow in July 2018, where she is focusing on the role of armed groups in local economic dynamics and how they may affect economic recovery in Ninewa. Prior to joining IRIS, she was a researcher at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Beirut, Lebanon. There she primarily worked on the impact of hybrid actors on the reconstruction and development process. She holds an MA in International Development from Sciences Po...

Kristina Bogos

Kristina Bogos is a researcher and writer focusing on human rights and migration in the Middle East. Prior to joining IRIS, Kristina worked as a consultant for various international NGOs on human rights in the region. She has conducted fieldwork in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Quartz, Middle East Eye and Mic, among other global media outlets. She speaks Arabic and hold's a Master's...

Kerem Ussakli

Kerem Ussakli will be an IRIS Research fellow from January 2018 to June 2019. He is also a doctoral student at the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. Kerem’s doctoral dissertation project, funded by the National Science Foundation and The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, looks at everyday trust relationships between Iraqi internally displaced people and their Kurdish hosts in the governorate of Sulaymaniyah. By conducting an ethnographic study of...

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