Kamil Mahdi is an experienced analyst of Middle Eastern politics and economics, in particular the political economy of oil-exporting countries. Mahdi is secretary of the International Association of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, researching Iraq's economy, politics and modern history including the politics and economics of sanctions, conflict and occupation. His other interests include economic policy in Arab countries; Middle East agriculture and the socio-economics of agrarian change. Mahdi is currently an Honorary Visiting Senior Fellow at the Middle East Centre of the London School of Economics. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Birmingham, 1982.