PhD Politics and International Studies - University of Warwick
MA Politics - University of Warwick
BA Politics and International Relations - University of Kurdistan-Hewler
Mohammed Ali Bapir
Assistant Professor in PIR/Acting Director of CRIS
Dr Mohammed Ali Bapir joined the Department at the University of Kurdistan in 2017. Mohammed is the undergraduate program director at the department of politics and international relations. He was mainly educated in the United Kingdom, received an MA in politics and a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick. Mohammed’s general research interests are in democratic transitions and consolidation (the political elite, political institutions, and party systems in the middle east) as well as, Islamic political thought and western political thought.
Mohammed is the first supervisor of MA students who work on ‘Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence’ and also ‘the United States’ foreign policy towards Iraqi Kurdistan.’ Additionally, he is supervising 8 BA projects, dissertations focussing on the Kurdish question in Iraq with reference to various aspects; discourses for independence, challenges to Kurdish political unity, US policy towards Iraqi Kurdistan, religion and political violence, and the feasibly of democracy in Iraq with a focus of the redrawing ethnic boundaries within the nation-state, as a prerequisite to democracy.
Mohammed’s previous research has focused on theoretical and empirical explanations of the feasibility of a democratic system in culturally divided countries in the Middle East, with a particular emphasis on Iraq. How political elite view democracy in deeply divided societies, and what type of institutional arrangements do the political elite prefer. He is now interested in how democratic institutions are functioning in the post-2003 Iraq, thereby working on the following research projects:
How a muslim majority country views democracy: The case of Iraq
The Iraqi constitution, problems and prospects
Operationalising Federalism in Iraq; divergent perspectives
Iraqi Kurdistan building political institutions and establishing the rule of law
Mohammed currently teaches on the fourth-year undergraduate module ‘Theories of Nationalism: A comparative perspective on Kurdish Ethnonationalism’ and the second-year module ‘Middle East Politics’. In the past, he taught modules including ‘Key Figures in Middle Eastern Political Thought’ (Islamic Political Thought) and 'Introduction to Political Geography’.
Additionally, his teaching interests include; democratisation, institution building in divided countries, political parties and political elite, middle east politics, political violence and terrorism, Islamic political thought, western political thought, nationalism and Kurdish ethnonationalism.