Kirk H. Sowell - Publisher & Executive Editor
Kirk is the principal of Utica Risk Services, the publisher of Inside Iraqi Politics. He oversees research and writing for IIP and also drafts part of each issue, with a focus on national politics and policy. He is an expert in Arabic-language research methodology, a licensed attorney and published author; his 2004 book, The Arab World: An Illustrated History, was published by Hippocrene Books. Kirk is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Cornell Law School, and has also studied at the University of Jordan in Amman. He reads and speaks Arabic and Russian and has research competency in French. Follow him @uticarisk.
Claire Parker – Production Editor
Claire is the production editor for Inside Iraqi Politics. She is a 2019 graduate of Harvard University, where she received a BA in Social Studies and was an associate managing editor at The Harvard Crimson student newspaper. Before working for IIP, she held internships at the Washington Post and AP. She has intermediate knowledge of Arabic, and her study has included short periods in Morocco and Tunisia. Follow her @claireparkerdc.
Ali al-Mawlawi – Senior Analyst
Ali writes feature articles for IIP and also assists in overall content review. Currently based in London, he has spent several years in Baghdad working on policy and research with a focus on political economy and institutional reform. He holds an MA in International Studies & Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and is a native speaker of Arabic. Follow him @aalmawlawi.
Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi
Aymenn writes feature articles on provincial politics and security issues. He is a graduate of Oxford University, where he received a degree in Classics & Oriental Studies. His writings on jihadist activities in Iraq and Syria are widely-cited. Aymenn is fluent in Arabic and has research competency in several other languages. Follow him @ajaltamimi or his writings at his website, Aymenn Jawad.
Hamdi is a features article writer focusing on Iraqi provincial issues and Iraq’s relationship with Iran. A native speaker of Arabic and Farsi who grew up in Iran, Hamdi received an undergraduate degree from Brundel University in Britain followed by a PhD in sociology from Keele University, completed in 2017, in which his research focused on social and political developments in post-2003 Iraq. He is widely published as an analyst and commentator on Iraqi and Iranian affairs, most prominently for the London- based Iran International TV, Al-Monitor and BBC Persian, among others. Follow him @HamdiAMalik.
Hayman is a Kurdish affairs analyst who has conducted research for a range of organizations. He was born in Iran, grew up in Halabja and finished school in Sulaymania. He is a 2013 graduate of the American University in Sulaymania and also spent periods studying in the United States. His work experience has mostly focused on business research and journalism, and he has worked for several news outlets in Sulaymania and Irbil. Hayman is a native speaker of Kurdish, is fluent in English and Farsi, and has research competency in Arabic.
Jennifer is an American who speaks Kurdish and contributes to our Kurdistan coverage. She has a BA and a graduate degree in international relations and has spent several years living and working in the Kurdistan Region. "Jennifer" lives in Irbil and is writing under a pseudonym due to personal security concerns.