A Kurdish Novelist’s Challenge to the Patriarchy

Aug 24, 2018

In this guest edition of The Interview, Aras Ahmed Mhamad talks to Kurdish novelist Qasham Ali Balata about her debut novel, “Run Away to Nowhere.” The Kurds are known for their resilience, peshmerga fighters, disunity and failed attempts to create an independent country in the rough...

Iran’s Greatest Challenge is Homegrown

Nov 06, 2017

The prospect of potential domestic unrest has hit a raw nerve in Iran. Iran has long been a formidable regional force. It has projected its power by backing Shia militias, such as Hezbollah in Lebanon or Hashd al-Shaabi in Iraq, or Sunni groups such as Hamas in Palestine, thereby engaging in a...

The Future of the Nation-State

Nov 03, 2017

When it comes to demagogues and divisiveness, Trump has plenty of competition — in Europe, the Middle East and all over our splintering planet. When the historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., published his bestseller The Disuniting of America in 1991, he didn’t seriously entertain the...

Independence is the Last Option for the Kurds

Sep 24, 2017

The Kurds are unlikely to back down unless they receive an alternative deal, but this is unlikely to come from Baghdad. The year was 1639. For the first time in their history, the Kurds of present-day Iran were separated from their brethren due to a treaty signed by the Ottoman and Safavid...

Kurdexit: More Trouble than it’s Worth?

Sep 11, 2017

A yes vote in the Kurdish independence referendum might bring more trouble to the region. When on June 7 Masoud Barzani, Kurdistan’s incumbent president, announced a referendum on independence from Iraq for September 25, a wave of internal backlashes followed, questioning Barzani’s...

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