Nawzad A Shukri holds a PhD in Politics and International Relations from Leicester University, United Kingdom, which was awarded in 2017. My PhD thesis focused on, explaining U.S. Foreign Policy towards Iraqi Kurdistan 2003-2016. I am currently working as A Lecturer at the University of Salahaddin in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. I have 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. My research interests focus on U.S. Foreign Policy towards the Middle East, specifically regarding Iraq, Iran, Syria, Turkey, GCC and the Kurdistan Region. I speak four languages: Kurdish, Arabic, Persian and English.