Ghassan Atiyyah "graduated from Edinburgh University in 1968 to become Assistant Professor of Politics at Baghdad University. He served as a United Nations diplomat during the 1970s and later as Director of Information at the League of Arab States. He now lives in London where he publishes the monthly Iraqi File in Arabic." 
In 2005, a Blog in the Nation noted that:
- "Most notably, on the same day that Bush was hyping the draft constitution, Ghassan Atiyyah, the director of the Baghdad-based Iraq Foundation for Development and Democracy, was on NPR explaining why the constitution could be dangerous for secularists, women and others in Iraq. Before sharing some quotes, let me note that Atiyyah has been supported by Bush's closest, pro-war allies. The neoconnish Foundation for the Defense of Democracies has hosted him in Washington. The International Republican Institute, the global arm of the GOP, has provided Atiyyah's outfit assistance." 
He was a visiting scholar (2005–2006) at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law based at Stanford University.
- BLOG, "Bush's Iraq Fantasy", The Nation, August 24, 2005.