About Dlawer Ala'Aldeen

Dlawer Ala'Aldeen was born and brought up in Erbil, studied medicine in Baghdad and moved to Britain in 1984. He is currently Professor of Clinical Microbiology at Nottingham University. He was Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq (2009-2012). He has lobbied for Kurdish and Iraqi human rights, and for a global ban on chemical and biological weapons. He has published extensively on these issues as well as on the impact of global politics on Iraq and Kurdistan. He is currently focused on helping the KRG in its nation-building efforts.

Articles by Dlawer Ala'Aldeen

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Adam Ramsay is co-editor of OurKingdom.

Where there is no will there is no way: will Syria be the next Halabja?

The final balance of the war has not yet tipped against the regime and, if and when it does, no ‘red-line’ will stop Assad from using chemical weapons on a scale that would make Halabja look like a small incident. Will Obama prevent another tragedy? 

Realpolitik and disastrous consequences: 10 years on from Iraq, 25 from Iraq's genocide against the Kurds

From a potentially subjective point of view, a Kurd could argue that the long hardship and series of disasters inflicted upon the people of Iraq are direct consequences of the complacency and indifference embedded in the foreign policy of the superpowers.

The Kurds and the ISG: losing friends, losing the war

The implementation of the Baker report would be a betrayal of Iraq's Kurds and a defeat for the United States itself, says Dlawer Ala'Aldeen.

Kurdistan beyond Iraq

The political pressures in Iraq are pushing the Kurds towards independence, says Dlawer Ala'Aldeen.
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