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Bilal Wahab Named Nathan and Esther K. Wagner Fellow

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Expert will analyze U.S.-Kurdish relations, Kurds' regional role

Washington, D.C. – Dr. Bilal Wahab, an expert on Kurdish politics and economics, was named The Washington Institute's Nathan and Esther K. Wagner Fellow, the research organization announced today. Dr. Wahab had previously received a Soref Research Fellowship from the Institute.

The Nathan and Esther K. Wagner Fellowship is made possible by a generous contribution from members of the Wagner family’s foundation who are themselves long-time Institute supporters. Sisters Joyce Croft, Susan Wagner, and Linda Wagner-Weiner honor their parents with this fellowship.

A native of Iraqi Kurdistan, Dr. Wahab previously taught at the American University of Iraq in Sulaymaniyah, where he established the Center for Development and Natural Resources. He earned his doctorate from George Mason University; his master’s degree from American University in Washington, DC, where he was among the first Iraqis awarded a Fulbright scholarship; and his bachelor’s degree from Salahaddin University in Erbil, Iraq.

About the Washington Institute: The Washington Institute is an independent, nonpartisan research institution funded exclusively by U.S. citizens that seeks to advance a balanced and realistic understanding of American interests in the Middle East and to promote the policies that secure them. Drawing on the research of its fellows and the experience of its policy practitioners, the Institute promotes informed debate and scholarly research on U.S. policy in the region.

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