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Kirk H. Sowell - Publisher & Executive Editor
Kirk is the principal of Utica Risk Services, the publisher of Inside Iraqi Politics. He oversees editorial production and focuses on national politics. 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 (fluently) and Russian (well enough) and has research competency in French. Follow him @uticarisk.

Nathaniel Rabkin - Managing Editor
Nathaniel jointly handles editorial duties and also writes for each issue. He has an undergraduate degree from Cornell University in Near Eastern Studies and a MA in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Haifa. He worked in Iraq for 21 months during the 2008-2011 period, first as a translator and interpreter for the US military, and later as a Human Terrain Analyst for the Pentagon. Nathaniel is fluent in Arabic and Hebrew, and is proficient in Farsi and Kurdish. Follow him @naterabkin.

Kari F. Frentzel - Editorial Assistant
Kari is part of the Inside Iraqi Politics editorial team and, proficient in Arabic, also performs part of the publication's media monitoring. She received her BA in International Affairs from Tufts University, and studied abroad in Jordan and Egypt.

Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi - Contributing Writer
Aymenn is a features writer. 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.

Balsam Mustafa - Contributing Writer
Balsam writes feature articles for Inside Iraqi Politics. A native of Baghdad, Balsam is currently a PhD candidate of Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham, UK, with a focus on terrorist propaganda in Iraq and translation studies. Balsam received her MA in Translation from University of al-Mustansiriya in Baghdad where she worked as a lecturer of Translation Studies from 2006-2013, when she came to the UK to pursue her higher studies. Balsam is a native speaker of Arabic, is fluent in English and has research competency in French. Follow her @balsamawni.

Hayman Awrahim – Contributing Writer
Hayman is Inside Iraqi Politics’ Kurdish affairs analyst. 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. Hayman is a native speaker of Kurdish, is fluent in English and Farsi, and has research competency in Arabic.

Ihsan Nouri - Contributing Writer
Ihsan writes feature articles for Inside Iraqi Politics. A native of Baghdad, Ihsan is currently a political science student at San Diego University, where his primary focus is Iraqi politics. He has lived in the US for ten years and periodically travels back to Iraq. Ihsan is a native speaker of Arabic and is also fluent in English. Follow him @Thawra_city.