A Kurdish Novelist’s Challenge to the Patriarchy

August 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...

Signs of Hope in the Middle East? Don’t Hold Your Breath

September 18, 2017

The optimistic view may be that the Middle East is six years into an era of political, economic and social change. Optimists see hopeful signs that the Middle East may be exiting from a dark tunnel of violence, civil war, sectarian strife and debilitating regional rivalries. The Islamic State...

My Name is Kurdistan

March 27, 2014

A unique perspective on the Kurds, experienced through a trip to Kurdistan. The prospect of Kurdistan as a homeland for the Kurds began with the colonial division of western Asia, which followed World War I. With the breakup of the Middle East that created new borders in the Levant, the Treaty of...

Press Freedom at a Crossroads in Iraqi Kurdistan

February 08, 2014

Despite appraisal for Iraqi Kurdistan’s thriving democracy, journalists are under threat. It appears there are two ways to depict life in Iraqi Kurdistan. Western journalists covering the area commonly invoke the region's new luxury hotels and airports as symbols of its progress and prosperity....

Wars and Bars: Women in Iraq

January 15, 2014

Failure to enforce law correctly hinders the protection of women in Iraq. Iraq has always been a country of both national and international upheavals. The frequent political changes have made Iraqis doubtful of their status, especially women. Time and again they were left homeless and in panic....

Kurdistan, Autonomy and Soccer: Redrawing Colonial-Era Borders

June 04, 2013

James Dorsey analyzes the meaning of a potential bid by Iraqi Kurdistan for membership in the Asian Football Confederation, amid the greater struggle for Kurdish autonomy in a changing Middle East.   A decision by the European soccer body, UEFA, to grant Gibraltar the right of membership...