What Is Erdogan’s Real Plan for Kurds?

Oct 31, 2019

In a recent interview with Turkish state broadcaster TRT World, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made clear his ambition for Ankara’s military offensive against Kurds in northern Syria. In an almost two-hour program on October 24, he explained his plan for demographic change in the Kurdish region....

Facts Speak Louder Than Words

Oct 18, 2019

The impeachment narrative is going well at the moment. The Democrats in the House of Representatives are making daily headlines about both substance and process. They throw in a few Ukraine facts and witnesses that support the narrative and move on to the next process issue, resisted...

Syrian Kurds: The New Frontline in Confronting Iran and Turkey

Jan 15, 2019

In the Middle East, frontlines and tactics may be shifting, but US and Gulf geopolitical goals have not. Donald Trump’s threat to “devastate” the Turkish economy if Ankara attacks Syrian Kurds serves his broader goal of letting regional forces fight for common goals, like countering...

Letters from a Kurd: A Conversation with Novelist Kae Bahar

Nov 24, 2018

In this guest edition of The Interview, Aras Ahmed Mhamad talks to Kurdish novelist Kae Bahar about his debut novel, “Letters From a Kurd.” Nizar Qabbani, a Syrian poet, once said: “Love in the Arab world is like a prisoner, and I want to set it free. I want to free the Arab soul, sense...

Europe and the Middle East Are on the Verge of Unraveling

Oct 05, 2017

From Catalonia to Kurdistan, long simmering regions are clamoring for their own states. Democracy can be messy. In the northeast corner of Spain this week, democracy was downright chaotic. Catalans went to the polls on October 1 to vote in a referendum on whether to stay in Spain or go their...

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