Robin Beaumont

Co-Director MENA Program

Research Area: Iraq
Languages: Arabic, English, French, German
Regional Program: MENA

Robin Beaumont is an Iraq Analyst and member of the Editorial Committee. His research examines contemporary expressions of Shia political Islam in Iraq and reconfigurations of the Shia religious field within Iraqi clerical, political and militia circles.

He is a PhD candidate in Political Studies at EHESS in Paris, holder of a Zeit-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius scholarship and an Associate PhD candidate at the Institut Français du Proche-Orient (IFPO).

He worked for International Crisis Group in Cairo (2011) and was Junior Research Fellow of the ERC « When Authoritarianism Fails in the Arab World » program (2013-2016). He studied at the École Normale Supérieure and is a graduate of Sciences-Po Paris. Trained in Arabic at IFPO in Damascus, he conducts field research in Iraq and neighboring countries. He is co-author, with Leila Seurat, of Anthology of Political Ideologies in the Arab World in the 20th Century (CNRS Editions, forthcoming, autumn 2017).

Publications on Noria

The return of the state and inter-militia competition in northern Iraq

In the wake of the end of the war against Islamic State (IS), the Iraqi state redeployed in the north of Iraq in October 2017. This redeployment functions through the establishment of economic and security networks, run by local militia elites and coopted by the major national-level Shia parties. In the lead-up to the May 2018 parliamentary elections, this new socio-political reality is the key to how post-IS Iraq will evolve.

Retour de l’État et concurrence milicienne dans le nord de l’Irak

La fin de la guerre contre l’État Islamique s’est traduite en octobre 2017 par un redéploiement de l’État irakien dans le nord du pays. Ce dernier s’opère à travers la mise en place de réseaux économiques et sécuritaires tenus par les élites miliciennes locales, cooptées par les grands partis chiites nationaux. À l’approche des élections parlementaires prévues en mai 2018, cette nouvelle réalité socio-politique constitue la clef du développement de l’Irak post-État Islamique mais porte également les germes de futures violences.

Shiite nationalism? Sistani, Present in Absence

Protesters wave the Iraqi flag and pictures of Ali al-Sistani in a demonstration of support to the Prime Minister on Tahrir Square in Baghdad. © AP This is an extended version of an article previously published, in French and in Arabic, by Orient XXI. It does not take...

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