The Center for Peace and Human Security (CPHS) at the American University of Kurdistan, in Duhok, examines a variety of questions relevant to peace-building, co-existence, reconciliation, minority rights, human security, crime prevention, deterrence, policing, good governance, and victim support and protection.

We aim to produce high-quality academic research for the Kurdistan Region, Iraq, the Middle East, and the International Community. We promote a multidisciplinary research approach that draws on theories and methodologies from many academic fields, including but not limited to, Security Studies, Peace Studies, Criminology, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, and Health Science/Medicine. We are also eager to work with top-level international universities, research centers, and organizations.

Dr. Paul-Philippe Pare

Chair of the Center

paul.philippe@auk.edu.krd

Paul received his Ph.D. in Crime, Law, and Justice with specializations in quantitative methods and demography from the Pennsylvania State University. He also received his M.Sc. and B.Sc. Degrees in Criminology from the Universite de Montreal, in Quebec, Canada. His research interests include statistical criminology, cross-national criminology, security studies, policing, and violence.

Paul has published studies in academic journals such as the British Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Criminal Justice, International Criminal Justice Review, and Social Science Research.

Paula Montserrat Garcia

Associate Researcher

paula.garcia@auk.edu.krd

Paula Garcia is an Associate Researcher at CPHS as well as lecturer in the College of International Studies of the American University of Kurdistan. She holds a MA in International Law and International Relations from the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset in Madrid, and BAs in Law and in Political Science from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Her research interests focus on interethnic and intercommunal tensions, conflict prevention and peace building, the Iraqi security sector and terrorism studies.

Before moving to Kurdistan, Paula lived in Cambodia for about four years working in human rights NGOs, lecturing at various universities and collaborating with a Think Tank analyzing Cambodian public policies.

    The Goals of the CPHS are to:
  • Promote the reduction of violence, terrorism, and other crimes through effective deterrence, situational crime prevention strategies, policing and security, victim protection, and social and economic integration of communities.
  • Promote peace-building and stability in the Middle East, including efforts toward the successful co-existence of different religious and ethnic groups, reconciliation over past conflicts, and the defense of minority rights.
  • Publish high-quality, peer-reviewed research relevant to Peace-building and Human Security for the Kurdistan Region, Iraq, the Middle East, and the International Community.
  • Provide empirical, policy-relevant results for national and international policy-making agencies, including Governments, International Organizations, and NGOs.
  • Develop international partnerships with reputable academic institutions, research centers, and organizations.

Steering Committee

Dr. Bayar Mustafa

Dr. Bayar is an assistant professor at the Department of Public Policy of the American University of Kurdistan. He obtained his PhD from Mosul University and his MA from the University of Duhok. In 2015 he completed his Post-Doctoral research at the Istanbul Bilgi University. His research interests cover the relations and regional politics of the KRG before and after 2003. Dr. Bayar has been an advisor at the International Middle-East Peace Research Center (IMPR) since 2012 and he is also a member of the Ismael Besekci’s Foundation. In addition, from 2010 and until 2012, he worked at the ‘Turkey Desk’ of the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs as second secretary.

Dr. Janroj Yilmaz Keles

Dr. Janroj Yilmaz Keles received his Ph.D. in Sociology and Communications from Brunel University in London. Since 2013, he has been working as a Research Fellow at the Department of Leadership, Work and Organizations at Middlesex University. Dr. Janroj’s previously collaborated with many organizations, including the University of Warwick, Harvard University, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Dr. Dilshad H. Khdhir

Dr. Dilshad H. Khdhir is currently head of the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy at Ishik University, in Erbil. He obtained his PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Nottingham. His research interests are Kurdish nationalism and politics, studies in the humanitarian field in Iraq and the US foreign policy in the Middle East.

Dr. Murad Hakim

Dr. Murad Hakim is currently lecturing at the Department of Sociology at Salahaddin University, in Erbil. He obtained his PhD in Sociology from the Salahaddin University. He was also the director of Research Center of the Mukiryani Foundation for Research and Publishing between 2005 and 2011 and the president of Kurdistan Sociology Association between 2007 and 2011.

Kavien Begikhani (Honorary Member)

Kavien Begikhani is studying Liberal Arts & Sciences at the Leiden University College, in The Hague. His research interests include the relationships between (1) Kurdish literature, arts and other cultural and artistic expressions, and (2) Kurdish heritage, culture, and identity. He also worked with the Dutch Refugee Council in the Netherlands, the Kurdish Institute of Paris, and he is the Student-Ambassador of JusticeForKurds (JFK) in the Netherlands.