Benjamin Isakhan is Associate Professor of Politics and Policy Studies and Director of the Middle East Studies Forum in the Alfred Deakin Research Institute for Citizenship and Globalization at Deakin University, Australia. He is also Adjunct Senior Research Associate, Department of Politics at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He is the author of Democracy in Iraq: History, Politics, Discourse (Ashgate, 2012) and the editor of 6 books, including The Secret History of Democracy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012  – translated into Japanese and Arabic), The Edinburgh Companion to the History of Democracy: From Pre-History to Future Possibilities (Edinburgh University Press & Oxford University Press, 2015 ), and, most recently, The Legacy of Iraq: From the 2003 War to the ‘Islamic State’ (Edinburgh University Press & Oxford University Press, 2016 ). He is a leading expert and regular commentator on Middle Eastern Politics, Democracy and Democratization across the Middle East, and Heritage Destruction in the Middle East. Ben’s current research includes a 3-year funded project entitled ‘Measuring Heritage Destruction in Iraq and Syria’.