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Verena Gruber

Kurdish military forces
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middle east kurdistan post-conflict rehabilitation military transformation processes

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German English Italian Arabic Kurdish Persian Russian

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With a background in Political Science (Austria) and my current phD project at the Defence Studies Department at King's College (London), I bridge the gap between politics and military. In detail, I currently work on the way, military transformation processes, such as the unification and institutionalization of the Kurdish Peshmerga in the north of Iraq, effects statebuilding processes.
In this context, I conducted a four month fieldwork on the ground in Iraq, observing the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in their current front line behavior, set-up and cooperation between different military fractions, to understand the potentials of military unification and their already undertaken structural changes. The results of this research project were published in Small Wars Journal and Conflict Studies Quarterly, as well as they were presented in conferences in Sicily and Islamabad.

Examples of previous talks / appearances:

Discovering Kurdistan

Tell History recently interviewed me on my experiences in the Kurdish north of Iraq.

The results of my field work

The publication of my research results on the civil-military relations of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq. Small Wars Journal, 2015.