Yaniv Voller is a Senior Lecturer in the Politics of the Middle East at the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent. His research broadly concerns the geopolitics of the Middle East, separatism/liberation, insurgency and counterinsurgency. He is the author of The Kurdish Liberation Movement in Iraq: From Insurgency to Statehood, which was published in 2014. His articles have appeared in such journal as International Affairs, Democratization, Terrorism and Political Violence and the International Journal of Middle East Studies. Recently, Yanivhas been exploring the role of militias in politics in the Middle East and Africa.