Kawa Hassan is Director of the Middle East and North Africa Program at the EastWest Institute’s Brussels office, where he leads track two initiatives focused on countering violent extremism, trust building and conflict prevention.
Kawa is also a member of the Atlantic Council's Task Force on the Future of Iraq. This Task Force brings together 25 top Iraq experts from around the globe who will make specific recommendations to the incoming U.S. president in November 2016 on how to deal effectively with the enormous challenges posed by the conflict in Iraq.
Kawa was a Visiting Scholar and a Non-Resident Scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, Beirut, where his research focused on Kurdish politics and society. Previously, he worked for UNDP and international organizations in Sri Lanka, Iraq, and the Netherlands leading post-Tsunami, post-conflict, research, peace building and capacity building programs.
Furthermore, he worked as a media analyst for the Dutch television and radio covering the Iraq War in 2003, and as an interpreter/translator for refugees and asylum seekers in the Netherlands.
Kawa is a regular commentator on international and regional media about Iraq, Syria, Kurdistan and Middle East affairs. He is the author and co-editor of numerous papers on Kurdish and Iraqi politics, civil society and democratization, donor assistance, and transition processes in the Middle East. His latest publications include Know Your Enemy: Iranian and Saudi Perspectives on ISIL, Discrediting ISIS from the Inside, Kurdistan's Democracy on the Brink, Kurdistan's Politicized Society Confronts a Sultanistic System.
He holds a Master of Science in International Relations, Political Science from the University of Amsterdam, and studied English and German at the Al-Mustansiriya University, Baghdad. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.