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Kirk H. Sowell - Publisher & Executive Editor
Kirk is the principal of Utica Risk Services, the publisher of Inside Iraqi Politics. He oversees editorial production and focuses on national politics. He is an expert in Arabic-language research methodology, a licensed attorney and published author; his 2004 book, The Arab World: An Illustrated History, was published by Hippocrene Books. Kirk is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Cornell Law School, and has also studied at the University of Jordan in Amman. He reads and speaks Arabic (fluently) and Russian (well enough) and has research competency in French. Follow him @uticarisk.

Nathaniel Rabkin - Managing Editor
Nathaniel jointly handles editorial duties and also writes for each issue. He has an undergraduate degree from Cornell University in Near Eastern Studies and a MA in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Haifa. He worked in Iraq for 21 months during the 2008-2011 period, first as a translator and interpreter for the US military, and later as a Human Terrain Analyst for the Pentagon. Nathaniel is fluent in Arabic and Hebrew, and is proficient in Farsi and Kurdish. Follow him @naterabkin.

Kari F. Frentzel - Editorial Assistant
Kari is part of the Inside Iraqi Politics editorial team and, proficient in Arabic, also performs part of the publication's media monitoring. She received her BA in International Affairs from Tufts University, and studied abroad in Jordan and Egypt.

Ahmed al-Kinani - Contributing Writer
Ahmed is a features writer for the publication. A native of Iraq who moved to Britain to study at Exeter University in 2009, he received an undergraduate degree in International Relations and is currently completing his MA in the same subject at Exeter. His research interests focus on issues related to sectarianism and nationalism in Iraq. Ahmed is a native speaker of Arabic and is fluent in English. Follow him @aalkinani1.

Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi - Contributing Writer
Aymenn is a features writer. He is a graduate of Oxford University, where he received a degree in Classics & Oriental Studies. His writings on jihadist activities in Iraq and Syria are widely-cited. Aymenn is fluent in Arabic and has research competency in several other languages. Follow him @ajaltamimi or his writings at his website, Aymenn Jawad.

Hayman Awrahim – Contributing Writer
Hayman is Inside Iraqi Politics’ Kurdish affairs analyst. He was born in Iran, grew up in Halabja and finished school in Sulaymania. He is a 2013 graduate of the American University in Sulaymania and also spent periods studying in the United States. His work experience has mostly focused on business research and journalism, and he has worked for several news outlets in Sulaymania. Hayman is a native speaker of Kurdish, is fluent in English and Farsi, and has research competency in Arabic.

Ihsan Nouri - Contributing Writer
Ihsan writes feature articles for Inside Iraqi Politics. A native of Baghdad, Ihsan is currently a political science student at San Diego University, where his primary focus is Iraqi politics. He has lived in the US for ten years and periodically travels back to Iraq. Ihsan is a native speaker of Arabic and is also fluent in English. Follow him @Thawra_city.

Rasha Al Aqeedi - Contributing Writer
Rasha writes feature articles for Inside Iraqi Politics. A native of Mosul, Iraq, Rasha lived there until 2013 and has also lived in the United States and the United Arab Emirates. Between 2004 and 2011 she worked in a variety of public sector positions in Mosul, including as a liaison for the governor’s office and as a coordinator for the Social Security and Compensation Bureau. In 2011, she switched to civil society activism and academic research, and was one of the founding members of the first TEDxBaghdad conference. Rasha received her MA in Translation from Mosul University, is a native speaker of Arabic, and is fluent in English. Follow her @RashaAlAqeedi.