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Isam al Khafaji
Isam al Khafaji is an Iraqi scholar and writer. He has taught at the University of Amsterdam, New York University, and Yale University. He has also advised the UNDP on Syria and the UN on Iraq. An adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC, and contributing editor of Middle East Report, Washington DC, al Khafaji is the author of five books in English and Arabic and numerous papers, articles and chapters in English and Arabic, many of which have been translated into other languages. He holds a PhD in Social Sciences, and a PhD in Economics.

Writer's Publications

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Iraq 2018 Elections: Between Sectarianism and the Nation

Introduction: A cautious reading

The 12 May Iraqi elections – the fourth since the 2003 fall of Saddam Hussein – provided several surprises and contradictions for Iraq’s political landscape....

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A Bicameral Parliament in Iraq and Syria
Failings in the establishment of a parliamentary democracy in Iraq provides important lessons learnt for the future of both Iraq and Syria. Of particular importance is the fact that the democratic process has been limited to elections...
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De-Urbanising the Syrian Revolt
De-Urbanising the Syrian Revolt
The Syrian revolt, which has disintegrated into a bloody attrition war, has been largely viewed as that of a majority Sunni population trying to depose a regime belonging to the minority Alawite sect. While this view may present a...