Category Archives: diaries of a phd student

having worked full time for three years with the phd resting in a state of suspended animation, i now face the pleasure and challenge to return to academia full time. the beauty, hurdles and outcome of this journey will be shared in this part of my blog.

studying the post-merger integration of the kurdish peshmerga – a description of the motivation and goals of my research

in an effort to be open and transparent about my research in kurdistan, i decided to write this blog to describe the motivations and goals of my phd research for anyone and everyone who wants to inquire on my work. … Continue reading

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Welcome back to Erbil – a lifestyle blog

it has been a while since i last visited erbil – the capital city of the kurdish federal region in the north of iraq which is lovingly referred to as “kurdistan”. the last time i spent some time in the … Continue reading

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4students: three tips on methodology

when it comes to research, my belief system is built on three cornerstones: (truly) ‘objective’ research does not exist – we can only aim at getting as close as possible to it by limiting our human fault lines. everybody is … Continue reading

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the difficulty of staying neutral

the more i am faced with writing my phd, the more i notice a seemingly insurmountable challenge: remaining neutral in my writing. it is no secret that words carry meaning – sometimes explicitly, sometimes implicitly, sometimes the meaning has changed … Continue reading

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can there ever be no war?

recently, i was asked whether we can stop all wars. for me, this is a (surprisingly) easy question to answer: all wars, for ever, you can not stop. however, it’s not quite as grim and fatalistic as you might think … Continue reading

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from 100 to 0 in less than a day – on life transitions

having worked a solid 40-60 hour week for the past three years, my phd was resting in a state of suspended animation. since monday, however, i am faced with the pleasure and challenge to return to academia full time in … Continue reading

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