Mako Publishes Article on Disputed Territories in Iraq

Shamiran Mako, Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, published an article in MENA Politics – the official newsletter for the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Organized Section on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Politics – on limited statehood in the case of disputed territories in Iraq. 

Mako’s article was part of one of the newsletter’s research symposiums, which was co-edited by Pardee School Assistant Professor of International Relations Noora Lori, on contingent sovereignty and areas of limited statehood. It explores the empirical and analytical leverage to be gained by identifying subnational pockets of political practices that deviate from national-level classifications of regimes in the Middle East.

In her piece, titled “Foreign Intervention, Contingent Sovereignty, and Areas of Limited Statehood: The Case of Iraq’s Disputed Territories,” Mako explores the ways in which foreign interventions produce or reinforce areas of limited statehood and contention between national and subnational governments. By focusing on Iraq’s disputed territories, she demonstrates how hybrid governance in areas of limited statehood can foster competition over territorial control by state and non-state actors at the local level, and between national and subnational governments.

The full article can be read on APSA MENA’s website.

Shamiran Mako is an assistant professor of international relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. She is also a member of the Graduate Faculty at the Political Science Department at Boston University. Her research explores the historical and contemporary drivers of inter and intra-state conflicts that produce weak and fragile states across the MENA region. She is the author of After the Uprisings: Progress and Stagnation in the Middle East and North Africa, with Valentine Moghadam. Read more about Professor Mako on her faculty profile.