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Inna Rudolf

Inna Rudolf

Research Fellow

Inna Rudolf is a Research Fellow at ICSR, pursuing her PhD at King’s College London’s Department of War Studies. She completed her master’s degree in political science and Islamic studies in 2012 at the University of Heidelberg, specialising in Conflict Resolution, Peace Building and Political Islam. During her studies, she headed the regional group on “Conflicts in the Middle East and Maghreb” at the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research. In addition to her field work in Iraq, she has lived in Libya, Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia and Palestine.

Looking into the hybridisation of security sector governance, in her current research she focuses on the evolving relationship between the Iraqi state and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) as a state-sanctioned paramilitary umbrella. Prior to joining ICSR, she has been representing the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt in the Middle East and North Africa region.

She also serves as an advisory board member for the Candid Foundation – an independent Berlin based think tank focusing on political, social and cultural challenges facing Muslim communities north and south of the Mediterranean.


  • ‘From Battlefield to Ballot Box: Contextualising the Rise and Evolution of Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Units’ (London: ICSR, 2018); available here.

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