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The future of Kurdistan

Syrian Kurdish dissident: “Beware of the Saudis and Turks”

Syrian Kurdish dissident: “Beware of the Saudis and Turks”

Sherkoh Abbas, head of the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria, warns of the dangers posed by Saudi Arabia and Turkey and argues in favor of Kurds as better allies for Americans.

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An Independent Kurdistan under U.S. Protection?

An Independent Kurdistan under U.S. Protection?

An independent Kurdistan under U.S. protection would unite Iraqi and Syrian Kurdistan as well as minority areas of Assyrians, Turkomans, Yezidi and others.

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The Rojava Model

The Rojava Model

Inflicting a series of defeats on ISIS, Kurds have emerged from obscurity to become a major force in the Syrian conflict.

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The Future of Kurdistan: Not Always Aligned with U.S. Interests

The Future of Kurdistan: Not Always Aligned with U.S. Interests

The Kurds are often hailed as the West’s most reliable partner in the fight against the Islamic State. At the same time, they have taken advantage of the chaos in the region to get closer to achieving their dream of statehood.

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International Humanitarian Law and Counterterrorism: Turkey and the PKK

International Humanitarian Law and Counterterrorism: Turkey and the PKK

The indiscriminate killing of civilians in order to fight terrorism is unlawful. Moreover, the state's brutal response has actually led to an increase in the number of terrorist attacks.

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Who Are The Kurds? 

Who Are The Kurds? 

The multiplicity of Kurdish national movements throughout the Middle East adds an additional layer of complexity in the fight against ISIS.

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A journey to Kurdistan

A journey to Kurdistan

Much has been written and discussed about Kurdistan and its place (literally and figuratively) in the Middle East. Yet it’s challenging to see through rhetoric and conjecture, and learn what it is actually like to be in Kurdistan.

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The Legality of Refusing to Assist Oppressed Groups

The Legality of Refusing to Assist Oppressed Groups

With atrocities taking place in Iraq and Syria, the international community must stop the oppression against certain groups. Indeed, the lesson of Rwanda has been almost entirely ignored in 2015.

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Politically-backed Fighting Forces: The Key to Kurdistan’s Future?

Politically-backed Fighting Forces: The Key to Kurdistan’s Future?

Iraqi Kurdistan is protected by its fierce and respected military forces, the peshmerga. Yet, each of the two main political parties in Kurdistan controls its own peshmerga regiments, using them to gain influence over other political agencies.

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Could another ISIS surge hasten a Kurdish exit from Iraq?

Could another ISIS surge hasten a Kurdish exit from Iraq?

After a perilous roller coaster ride in 2014, the question of independence for the Kurdistan Region moves back to the front burner.

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Turkish Kurds: The Predicament of Opportunity

Turkish Kurds: The Predicament of Opportunity

Turkey’s historically troubled relationship with its Kurdish population has become less tense since the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) founder and current President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, became prime minister in 2003.

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Kurdish Human Rights Activist Wants Iran to Pay for Its Crimes

Kurdish Human Rights Activist Wants Iran to Pay for Its Crimes

Kurdish human rights activist Keywan Faramarzi raised awareness about human rights abuses experienced by Iranian Kurds and called on the international community to take action to change the situation.

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Twenty-seven Kurdish political prisoners on hunger strike in Iran

Twenty-seven Kurdish political prisoners on hunger strike in Iran

Sectarian tensions between Kurds and Persians in the Islamic Republic of Iran continue to be ignited.

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Why Turkey supports Iraq’s Kurds, but not its own

Why Turkey supports Iraq’s Kurds, but not its own

To say the least, the government of Turkey has long had a contentious relationship with the country's Kurdish population.

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Kurdish Leader Stresses America Is Supporting Terrorists in Syria

Kurdish Leader Stresses America Is Supporting Terrorists in Syria

Syrian Kurdish Leader Sherkoh Abbas calls on the U.S. to stop supporting the PYD and the Islamists in Syria. He rejects the replacement of one dictator for another and emphasized that the U.S. needs to stand behind those that support democracy and human rights within the country.

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