FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2015
Contact: Erik Gustafson
Phone: (202) 682-0208
Washington, DC – EPIC Executive Director Erik Gustafson announced today that leading Iraq analyst Ahmed Ali has joined EPIC as a Senior Visiting Fellow and will serve as Director of the Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor (ISHM), an important new project that aims to track the latest security and political developments in Iraq through a humanitarian lens, offering insights and details unmatched by other publications.
An expert on military and political affairs, Mr. Ali has nearly a decade of experience actively researching Iraq. He has written extensively about security and political developments in Iraq, authoring and contributing to reports on Iraq’s security forces, the strategy and tactics of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (also known as ISIS) and other militant groups, the mobilization and role of Shi’a militias, Iraq’s tribes, and Iraqi politics. He regularly advises government, military, and diplomatic professionals and non-profit organizations on the situation in Iraq.
From 2013-2015, Mr. Ali served as a Senior Iraq Research Analyst and Iraq Team Lead at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). Prior to his work at ISW, he was an analyst at Georgetown University, focusing his research on Middle Eastern affairs. Additionally, from 2008-2011, Mr. Ali was a scholar at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy where he authored over 20 reports, including co-authoring the Institute’s study on Kirkuk, “Kirkuk in Transition: Confidence Building in Northern Iraq.”
“We are delighted to be joined by Ahmed Ali,” said Gustafson. “Mr. Ali is uniquely qualified to expand EPIC’s research capabilities and spearhead this important new initiative: ISHM. Many of our supporters are already familiar with Ahmed’s sharp insights and analysis as an occasional guest on our IRAQ MATTERS podcast or from his previous work alongside Michael Knights at the Washington Institute and his pioneering research at the Institute for the Study of War. The entire EPIC community and I are honored to have Mr. Ali as a colleague, and we look forward to working together on research that can further our understanding of the ongoing conflict and the best policy options for addressing the humanitarian and human rights crisis facing ordinary Iraqis.”
As the Director of ISHM, Mr. Ali will focus on expanding EPIC’s research portfolio by institutionalizing new practices, increasing the use and scrutiny of non-English sources, growing our network of contacts, and overseeing the weekly production of ISHM. An essential tool for policymakers, aid workers, journalists, and scholars, ISHM will be released every Friday and can be accessed here.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on ISHM or to schedule an interview with Mr. Ali.