Dylan O’Driscoll is a Research Fellow at the Middle East Research Institute (MERI). He has a PhD in Ethnopolitics from the University of Exeter, where his thesis examined the status of Kirkuk within the wider issues of conflict and governance in Iraq. Dylan holds an MA in Kurdish Studies from the University of Exeter and a BA in English and History from Bath Spa University. Prior to joining MERI, Dylan was the Chair for the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN), as well as Editor for the journal of Nations and Nationalism. He has also been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Polish Institute for International Affairs (PISM) in Warsaw, Poland and at Salahaddin University, Erbil.
Dylan’s current research examines the factors that have led to the rise of the Islamic State and develops policies to counteract this. Viewing the Islamic State as a result of failed policies, both internally and externally, his research aims to understand these failures in order to develop new policies. Correspondingly, Dylan has a strong interest in conflict resolution and the process of democratisation and in how external conflict management impacts both of these processes. A large part of his work focuses on the process of post-conflict governance and state building, particularly applying, and developing, the theories of liberal consociational power sharing and federalism.
Dylan’s publishing record includes articles in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Middle East Policy, Ethnopolitics and Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism as well as a range of Policy Papers for PISM.
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Publications by Dylan O’Driscoll:
The Hashd al-Shaabi and Iraq: Subnationalism and the State
Published on: 06 Mar 2017
The Day After: Governing the KRI
Published on: 21 Nov 2016
Governing Nineveh After the Islamic State: A Solution for All Components
Published on: 24 Oct 2016
And the Marginalisation goes on: Iraq and the Politics of Domination
Published on: 25 Sep 2016
The Future of Mosul: Before, During, and After the Liberation
Published on: 05 Sep 2016
The Battle for Mosul; Pre and Post ‘Liberation’ Planning
Published on: 11 Jul 2016
Defeating the Islamic State will take more than Gunpowder
Published on: 02 Jun 2016
US Policy in Iraq – Four Steps Back, Two Steps Forward
Published on: 22 May 2016