Nawzad A Shukri holds a PhD in Politics and International Relations from Leicester University, United Kingdom, which was awarded in 2017. His PhD thesis focused on, explaining U.S. Foreign Policy towards Iraqi Kurdistan 2003-2016. He currently works as a Lecturer at the University of Salahaddin in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. He has published a variety of academic articles on US foreign policy, Middle Eastern politics and Kurdish issues. Dr Nawzad has participated and presented papers at many conferences and workshops such as ‘US foreign policy towards Iraqi Kurdistan 2003-2014’ at Manchester University in 2015. His research interests focus on U.S. Foreign Policy towards the Middle East, specifically regarding Iraq, Iran, Syria, Turkey, GCC and the Kurdistan Region. He speaks four languages: Kurdish, Arabic, Persian and English.