Shahla Al Kli, Kurdistan Region - Iraq

On Fletcher and my interests: I strongly believe that Fletcher is the right school for me and for my doctoral research. I am a Kurdish woman from Kurdistan region-Iraq, and Fletcher celebrates diversity. My research topic involves a range of subjects that draw upon literature of diaspora, transnationalism, identity politics, identity-based conflicts, comparative politics, and conflict resolution, and Fletcher celebrates taking a multidisciplinary approach to the study of international relations. I want to work on transnational communities in the Middle East, a force of conflict and peace. Fletcher supports and provides opportunities to those who want to achieve academic excellence, and develops well-rounded thinkers who can find practical solutions to critical, real-world  problems.

On the MALD to PhD:  During my MALD, My experience at Fletcher was unique and life-altering in that it was the first time in my formal education that I experienced multidisciplinary approaches to the critical issues relating to the Middle East. It was for the first time in my life that I experienced interacting with students from different countries as well as ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Fletcher’s multidisciplinary approach and diversity gave meaning to the term “global education” for me.

Favorite Twitter feed:

Brookings Institution

Favorite author:

Gibran Khalil Gibran

Favorite musician or band:

Blake Shelton

Favorite landmark:

Hawler Cidetal - Erbil/Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Favorite Guest Speaker:

Madeleine Albright

Fields of Study:

  • International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization

Activities involved in at Fletcher:

  • Women in International Security
  • Fletcher Diplomacy Club
  • UN Club
  • PhD Student Group

Education before Fletcher:

  • MALD, Conflict Resolution and South West Asia, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • MA, English Linguists, Baghdad University - College of Languages
  • BA, English Linguists, Baghdad University - College of Languages

Experience before Fletcher:

  • Kurdistan Parliament, Senior Advisor, Iraq
  • The Women in Public Service Project Inaugural Institute, Wellesely College
  • Research assistance-Iranian Nuclear Program, Intern, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars
  • Counterpart International, Country Director, Iraq
  • Central Bank of Iraq, Chief Auditor, Iraq


  • Kurdish
  • Arabic
  • English