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Office: (44) (0) 5603 676623  |  Independent Communications Consultancy based Westminster, London SW1

Iraq

Knowing Iraq and Iraqi Arabic since 2005.

I arrived in Basra, Iraq, in 2005 as a civilian translator and interpreter aiming, like many of my colleagues, to try to ‘unscramble the eggs’ broken by the invasion in 2003. I travelled widely in the south, including Basra, Maysan and Thi Qar, before moving to Baghdad. As an Arabic media and political analyst I gained extensive knowledge of all aspects of Iraqi society, its people and trends.

The history, languages and cultures of Iraq are fascinating although, of course, some have been irretrievably and tragically damaged by the 40 years of cruel history Iraq has had to endure. 

I’ve followed the politics, society and media of Iraq since the early 1990s and know Iraqi Arabic too: one of the few Westerners to know it well. As well as reading the (considerable) literature about the Western invasion of Iraq in 2003 and subsequent developments, I have first hand experience of the country and its people. If you would like to know more about aspects of Iraq, please get in touch.  

For information about my other work in the Middle East and North Africa region, especially about Arabic and Egypt, please follow the links (below).

Selected Works

History in the Making – Four Episodes of the Popular Iraqi History Series

I wrote four episodes of the popular Iraq history series called ‘History in the Making’, on the themes of communication, commerce and music. You can watch them here, in Arabic with English subtitles.

MENA Railway Digital Communications Index – Iraqi Railways

As part of my review of the state of digital communications across 8 railway systems in the Middle East and North Africa, I reviewed Iraqi Railways and was pleasantly surprised.

My MA dissertation about religious tourism included Iraq.

As part of my MA I studied the implications of religious tourism (pilgrimage) on security in Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Here is the full academic dissertation.

I developed my own language course for Iraqi Arabic.

Iraqi Arabic is a fascinating mixture of dialects and vocabulary. For obvious reasons it has been difficult for foreigners to study this national Arabic in comparison to Egyptian, Lebanese or Moroccan Arabic, due to its relative difficulty and inaccessibility.