Head of Middle East Desk – (USA)
Riyadh al Hamdani is an expert on the Middle East with emphasis on the Iraq War, corruption, and the Arab Spring. He has academic background in journalism, English and Arabic literature, cinema and TV. He is a highly-developed professional researcher and delivers talks in many institutions, such as in a conference organised by the Refugee Council USA in 2011 regarding the Iraqi displacement crisis, at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism about the Western media coverage of the Iraq war in September 2013, at New York Institute of Technology Graduate program of Crisis Communication about the ISIS crisis in September 2014, and at Amnesty International USA in New York about the ISIS crisis in September 2014.
He has reported on hundreds of high profile stories, including features, news articles and blog entries for The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times in Iraq. Produced a dozen documentaries about Iraq for Way Press International. Mr Hamdani has focused on uncovering government corruption, including breaking a story on fake explosive detection devices, as well as human interest issues like women in politics and students in both written stories and filmed documentaries. His stories made the largest impact that could be tracked on Facebook, YouTube, Google +, Yahoo, Twitter, Wikipedia, BBC, CNN, and Comcast.net. His articles became a reference in several highly acclaimed books, including Understanding Arabs, Iraq and the United States, Fuel on the Fire, Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy, The Limits of U.S. Military Capability, One Nation Under Contract, Cornered, Honour Bound, China’s International Behaviour and From Storm to Freedom.