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Bilal Wahab

Nathan and Esther K. Wagner Fellow

Areas of Expertise

Iraq, Arab and Islamic Politics, Democracy and Reform

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Biography

Bilal Wahab is the Nathan and Esther K. Wagner fellow at The Washington Institute, where he focuses on governance in the Iraqi Kurdish region and in Iraq as a whole. He has taught at the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani, where he established the Center for Development and Natural Resources, a research program on oil and development. He earned his Ph.D. from George Mason University; his M.A. from American University, where he was among the first Iraqis awarded a Fulbright scholarship; and his B.A. from Salahaddin University in Erbil. Along with numerous scholarly articles, he has written extensively in the Arabic and Kurdish media.

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Education

Ph.D., George Mason University; M.A., American University; B.A., Salahaddin University

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Languages Spoken / Read

  • Arabic
  • Kurdish
  • Persian
  • Turkish

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Publications

Syrian Kurds as a U.S. Ally:

November 18, 2016

Policy Focus

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