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Mohammed Jalal Majeed Shareef, PhD
Lecturer in International Relations and Diplomacy
Dr Mohammed Shareef is a Lecturer in International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of Kurdistan Hewlêr (UKH). He became a UKH faculty member in January 2022 joining the Politics and International Relations programme. Mohammed is a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (London) as well as many other professional bodies. Dr Shareef was previously a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations of the Middle East at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom and the universities of Sulaimani and Soran in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Shareef’s professional background is diverse, his previous employment also includes the United Nations, BBC and several INGOS. Shareef completed his PhD in International Relations at the University of Durham and has an MSc in International Relations from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. His research interests include US foreign policy in the Middle East, US policy towards Iraq and its Kurdistan Region, as well as the politics and international relations of greater Kurdistan. Shareef is the author and editor of many books, book chapters and articles. Mohammed has given numerous talks at top Think Tanks and world-class academic and governmental institutions, including the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, SOAS, the UK’s Parliament and Foreign Office, Chatham House and the Washington Middle East Institute, amongst others. Mohammed Shareef is also a strategist, media commentator and analyst.
- - Ph.D. in International Relations, Durham University, 2010
- - M.Sc. in International Relations, University of Bristol, 2004
- - B.Sc. in Geology, University of Sulaimani, 2000
Research interests include US foreign policy in the Middle East, US policy towards Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, as well as the politics and international relations of greater Kurdistan. Shareef is the author and editor of many books and book chapters. Among them, he is the author of “The United States, Iraq and the Kurds: Shock, Awe and Aftermath" (Routledge 2014), “Kurdish Islamists in Iraq, From The Muslim Brotherhood To The So-Called Islamic State: Continuity or Departure?” (CFCRIS, 2015) and co-editor of “The Kurdish Question Revisited” with Professor Gareth Stansfield (Oxford University Press, 2017).
- Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
- Member of the Gulf/2000 Project - Columbia University, New York.
- Member of the Durham Union Society (Durham University's Debating Society).
- Member of Senior Common Room – St Mary's College, University of Durham.
- Founding member and member of Board of Directors of the Kurdish Research Network.
- Treasurer of the Kurdish Scientific Association.
- Treasurer of Kurdistan Medical and Scientific Federation in UK.
- Member of the UK Kurdish Studies and Student Organisation.