Zana has a PhD in Politics at the University of Sheffield. His doctoral research is on Iraq’s foreign policy post-2003. This project studies the new parameters in Iraq’s foreign affairs in the framework of its fragmented polity. A study of the international relations and politics in the Middle East are the pillars of this research. An intensive investigation is being carried out among all the political and non-political bodies in Iraq and the Kurdistan Autonomous Region (KAR), and their representations abroad. The experiences and perspectives of the experts, diplomats and officials are the primary source for this study. Zana's University of Sheffield profile
Zana is teaching at the University of Sheffield, Department of Politics.
A former Research Associate with the Centre for Peace and Human Security (CPHS) at the American University of Duhok Kurdistan (AUDK).
Previously, Zana completed an MA in Global Affairs and Diplomacy from the University of Buckingham. He has work experience as a manager in governmental institutions in the KRG in various capacities concerning international relations, security, public relations and crisis management. Additionally, he is a co-founder and manager of a non-governmental, non-profit institution, BIT, working in educational and research sectors in the KAR. The NGO provides various courses (in academic and applied sciences) in different fields and conducts researches on the nation’s awareness. BIT was established in 2005 and is housed in a modern hi-tech building.
Zana has been a continuous and vigorous researcher on the region’s development, utilizing his abundant professional connections across the Middle East, particularly in Iraq and KAR, in various governmental and non-governmental organizations, with an evolving network in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and North America. He is a political, security and economic analyst specializing in the Middle East and focusing on the region’s evolution and its broader consequences for the world. He has contributed articles and reports providing an in-depth analysis to several prestigious international publishers such as The CTC Sentinel at West Point, The Jamestown Foundation, The National, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed English, Open Democracy, E-international relations, Your Middle East, Middle East Online, Global Security Studies. Having been a Middle East observer with a broad-minded and rigorous analytical perspective from different angles, he can give a realistic touch to a clearly delineated piece of research, seeking originality and unique facts as the analytical strategy.
Zana has been interviewed by various media organizations such as BBC radio, Sheffield live TV and Radio, I24News, Morgenbladet, Russian Today regarding the recent developments in Iraq, Kurdistan Region, Syria as well as Zana's recent publications.