Iraq’s Regime Change
Violence, inequality and the road to peace
Department of International Studies at Wilkinson College
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Free to attend | Free buffet dinner
Hosted by the MA International Studies Program
Ahmed Twaij (M.D., M.A. Conflict, Security & Development, King’s College) will discuss the impact of 2003’s regime change in Iraq and how the shock of neoliberal reforms to Iraq’s economy was reflected in the collapse of the state, growing inequality and a destruction of the social cohesion of Iraq’s diverse population, resulting in an ongoing cycle of violence within Iraq. Based on his experience with local peacebuilding initiatives, he will also discuss processes required to reconcile Iraq’s conflicting communities and rebuild Iraq’s social fabric.
Photo by Ahmed Twaij; Fleeing ISIS, All Smiles
Ahmed Twaij is an independent journalist and Middle East analyst. Ahmed’s work covers a broad range of topics however his particular focus includes the Middle East, human rights and peace and conflict. He is also a photojournalist and has worked with a number of international humanitarian and human rights organizations.
Ahmed graduated as a medical doctor from Imperial College London in 2012 and also holds a bachelors degree in Medical Humanities. After working as a doctor in London for a number of years, Ahmed began volunteering abroad, namely helping with the refugee crisis across Europe. This passion drove Ahmed to pursue a masters degree in Conflict, Security and Development.
Since then, Ahmed’s work has been published in numerous outlets including The Guardian, New York Times and Vice. Photography work has also been part of numerous exhibitions internationally, including Fotoistanbul and others.
Ahmed is also the curator and contributor for @everydayiraq, an online social media platform dedicated to showcasing Iraqi daily life. The project has been featured on numerous international outlets, included the BBC.
Ahmed continues to work hard on promoting human rights across the globe.