H.E. Dr. Hamid Al-Bayati, former Ambassador of Iraq to the United Nations
Ambassador T. Hamid Al-Bayati is currently an Adjunct Professor at Fordham and Rutgers Universities. He is also a Special Advisor at Middle East Office of International Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was the Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations from April 2006 to April 2013. Previously he was Iraq’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs and Bilateral Relations (2004-06).
After his arrival in New York in 2006, Ambassador Al-Bayati has made significant progress as Iraq’s Permanent Representative. He was elected as the Chair of the Third Committee in 2006; the Vice President of the General Assembly in 2007; and the Chair of the Sixth Committee in 2008. Additionally Ambassador Al-Bayati was elected as the Chair of the United Nations Disarmament Commission (UNDC) in 2011. Ambassador Al-Bayati managed to get Iraq elected as a member of Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) from 2007 to 2010, a member of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) from 2009 to 2012, and a member of the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN–HABITAT) from 2009 to 2011. Iraq has also been re-elected as a member of ECOSOC for the period of 2010-2013.
Following Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990 the United Nations Security Council considered Iraq as a threat to world’s peace and security and adopted more than 80 resolutions against Iraq, 73 of them were under chapter VII, which authorized the Security Council to use force and to impose sanctions. Following the fall of Saddam’s regime in 2003 there were so many unresolved issues regarding the relations between Iraq and Kuwait. From 2004 to 2013 Dr. Al-Bayati worked hard with other Iraqi officials and their counterpart the Kuwaiti officials to solve these issues and to get Iraq out of chapter VII. When Al-Bayati finished his tenure at the United Nations in 2013 all the standing issues between Iraq and Kuwait were resolved, the sanctions against Iraq were lifted, and Iraq got out of Chapter VII except one issue which is the compensation for the invasion of Kuwait. Iraq pledged to continue to pay 5% of its total revenues to the UN Compensation Commission UNCC until the completion of payment of the total amount of compensation.
Dr. Al-Bayati was imprisoned and tortured in Iraq, so he fled and lived in exile in the UK where he led a political and media campaign to uncover crimes of Saddam’s regime. Dr. Al-Bayati work with British Members of Parliament such British MP Emma Nicholson in Amar Charitable Foundation which provided humanitarian aid to Iraqi refugees since 1992 and still working in Iraq until today. He also worked with British MP Ann Clwyd in a non- profit organization called “INDICT” which collected evidence about Saddam’s war crimes, genocide, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. Saddam’s regime executed eight members of Al-
Bayati’s family in three campaigns and his brother was kidnapped and killed in 2005 by the remnant of Saddam’s regime.
Dr. Al-Bayati obtained a B.A. degree from Baghdad University, an M.A. degree from Cairo University, and a Ph.D. in Middle East Politics from Manchester University. Dr. Al-Bayati published 12 books in Arabic and English. His last book “From Dictatorship to Democracy: An Insider’s Account of the Iraqi Opposition to Saddam” was published in the U.S. by Pennsylvania University Press and Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2011.
In 2013 Dr. Al-Bayati signed a contract with Fairleigh Dickinson University to publish a book about “Fourth Generation of Terrorism: Rise of ISIS and its Threats to the World”. Since 2012 Dr. Al-Bayati was warning the whole world about the fourth generation of terrorism coming from ISIS, after the first generation came from Afghanistan and al-Qaeda, the second generation came from Iraq after the occupation of 2003 and the third generation came from Libya when a U.S. Ambassador was killed on 9/11/2012.
In 2014 Dr. Al-Bayati signed a contract with Rowman & Littlefield publishers to publish his book Arab Spring and U.S. Policy in the Middle East. In 2015 Dr. Al-Bayati signed a contract with ABC-CLIO publishers to publish the book A New Counter-Terrorism Strategy: Why the World Failed to Stop Al-Qaeda and ISIS, and How to Defeat Terrorists.